For the first time in decades, Raleigh held its annual Fourth of July celebration in downtown instead of the State Fairgrounds.
Music, performers and food vendors filled the streets in downtown Raleigh welcoming people from across Wake County and North Carolina.
"It's Independence Day. It's Fourth of July," said Lisa Pearson, of Raleigh. "It's definitely worth celebrating and it's fun to be around other people who want to celebrate as well. "
Thousands of people showed up on Fayetteville Street even after severe weather threatened to wash out evening activities. For part of the evening, thunderstorms drenched downtown Raleigh forcing vendors to clear streets, and some to wait out the rain.
"We stayed home until the weather past. So we feel like we got here just in time," said Cindy Pittman, of Raleigh.
At Fort Bragg, a small rain shower and a few claps of thunder didn't stop the party.
Hundreds of soldiers and their families showed their patriotism at Fort Bragg's annual Fourth of July celebration.
With over 14,000 Fort Bragg troops deployed this Fourth of July, it was a day to celebrate and remember the cost of freedom.