July 4th fireworks moves to downtown Raleigh

Mayor Nancy McFarlane announces the new plan for Raleigh's annual July 4th fireworks display. (Shae Crisson)

July 3, 2012 10:24:59 AM PDT
Mayor Nancy McFarlane announced in May that Raleigh's annual 4th of July fireworks display would be moving from the NC State Fairgrounds to downtown.

"The 'Works: July 4th on Fayetteville Street," will begin at 4 p.m.

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There will be eight different bands, the Maximus Circus, a beer and wine tasting tent, a picnic on the street and a kids' zone.

Downtown restaurants will bring their fare to the street and there will even be a watermelon seed spitting contest.

The day will end with a brilliant fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

The City of Raleigh is bringing the 236th national birthday celebration to Downtown Raleigh, along with sponsors ABC11 and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

ABC11 will broadcast the event with a live one-hour special from 9 to 10 p.m.

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