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Chapel Hill Durham Raleigh North Carolina Fourth of July / July 4th Fun!

Sat. July 2, and Mon., July 4, 2016
37th Annual Festival for the Eno River
Sat, July 2, 2016 10am - 6 pm ;
Mon., July 4, 2016 10am - 6 pm
Don't miss the 37th Annual Festival for the Eno River!  
Wonderful festival on the banks of the Eno River features live music on five stages; Storytelling; Canoe and Raft rentals; Hands-On-Clay; Dance; Critters; Craft Demonstrations; River Activities; Working Grist Mill; Crafts Artisans, children's area and otter stage, nature demonstrations and other activities for kids and adults.  Admission fee.  Kids 12 and under admitted free!  10am - 6 pm Seniors (over 65) admitted free.

West Point on the Eno, Durham City Park (Parking at Durham County Stadium)


Mon., July 4, 2016
Carrboro Family Fourth of July Celebration
Mon., July 4, 2016, 9:30am - 4:00pm at Carrboro Town Hall and Weaver St. Market.

Celebrate the 4th of July in Carrboro with musical performances, a parade, exhibits, games and food. 

From our blog: The Carrboro 4th of July Parade is probably about as close to Mayberry as you can get in this modern age, but better than Mayberry too, due to the ultra-coolness factor of Carrboro, the Weaver Street Market, and great live music at the Carrboro town hall (along with fun kids’ crafts, activities and bouncy houses). Mayberry meets Paris of the Piedmont!

We LOVE, love, love to see all of the fantastic handmade parade floats while our family joins in the Carrboro 4th of July Parade every year. Last year a family made a terrific red-white-and-blue rocket ship on wheels, with a cool celestial mobile suspended above the rocket, and cheerful children peeking out of the rocket’s windows. Excellence in independence design abounds at the Carrboro 4th of July parade!

From the town website:  "This annual event features Uncle Sam on Stilts, Balloon Sculpture Artists, Roaming Magicians, Face Painters, lots of games, food, and plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy! The Main stage always features nationally recognized musical talent, as well as local talent. Of course the Kids Fun Zone and Fun Zone Stage Stage will be back and better than ever! So come celebrate the birth of our nation! Make Uncle Sam proud! Put on your red, white, and blue. Wear a birthday hat, play a game, dance to the music, relax under the historic elm, and enjoy the best of this small town tradition." 

9:30 Music: Tim Stambaugh.

9:45 a.m. Designing and Decorating Booths Open
-Patriotic Tattoo Booth
-Hat Making & Decorating
-Patriotic Flag coloring
-Bike and Wagon Decorating

10-10:15 Registration for Costume Contest
10:30 Costume Winners Announced

10:40 Parade Assembly
10:50 People Parade March down Weaver to Town Hall

Carrboro Town Hall Grounds 10:30 a.m. to 4p.m.
Main Stage
10:45 am- 11:15 am Village Band-Traditional
11:30am -12:30 pm Mystery Hillbillies
12:45 pm-1:40 pm La Fiesta Latin Jazz Quartet
2:00pm – 4:00 pm Peter Mawanga and The Amaravi Movement

Children’s Stage-Fun Zone 11:00-12:00 Bull Town Strutters
12:15- 1:15 pm Captain Jim Magic Show
1:30-2:30 pm Pie Eating Contest
2:30-4:00 pm Trish Miller
1:00-4:00 pm Stilt Walker

Kids Fun Zone:
1:00pm Baby Crawl Contest Toddler Square
10:30-2:00Pm Toddler Inflatable Obstacle Course Toddler Square
12:00-2:30 Tattoo Booth Pavilion

PIE EATING CONTEST - On the children’s stage located at Carrboro Town Hall under the shelter. Registration is day of the event on site from 11:30-1:30 at the Information table.

Games Schedule
12:30 Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest Field
1:20 Sack Races /sponge toss Field
2:40 Water Balloon Toss Field

Activities Throughout the day -11-4pm
Inflatables, carnival games, Stilt Walker, Welcome Wall, Fotobooth, Scrap Exchange, Toddler Square, Food Court.

Click here for the complete schedule.

(919) 918-7364.


Mon., July 4, 2016
Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Concert and Lemonade at the Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill
Mon. July 4, 2016, 1:00pm - 3:00pm.
Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy free ice cream, lemonade and a performance by the Village Band.  Free and open to the public.

Horace Williams House,
610 E. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill, NC  27514.
(919) 942-7818.


Mon., July 4, 2016
Chapel Hill 4th of July Celebration
Mon. July 4, 2012, 7 - 10pm
Doors open at 7pm; Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm sharp.

Community celebration with fireworks and fun!  Free entertainment and fireworks display in the University of North Carolina's Kenan Memorial Stadium. 
** Donations of $1 per person or $5 for a family of five or more will also be accepted on the day of the event at the entrance gates to Kenan Stadium.*** Recommended parking is in the Craig, Dogwood and Cardinal Parking Decks off of Manning Drive.  Disability parking available in the Bell Tower Lot.  Parking also is available in downtown Chapel Hill at the Rosemary/Columbia Lot at 100 E Rosemary St., West Franklin Lot at 415 W. Franklin Street, the Wallace Parking Deck and smaller town lots. FOR MORE INFO:
Alcohol prohibited - no coolers, outside containers or food items allowed.

***** Note for families with babies and young children: Since the Chapel Hill fireworks are fired in the stadium, surrounded entirely by stadium seats, which produce echoes and amplify the firework booms, they are extremely loud.  Some find them to be much louder than other fireworks displays (open air fireworks displays are not as loud as these fireworks in the stadium).  For some people the stadium fireworks display may be too loud especially for babies and young children's sensitive ears.

Kenan Stadium, UNC.
(919) 968-2784.

For more info visit

Mon., July 4, 2016
Downtown Raleigh July Fourth Celebration, Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC
In 2012, downtown Raleigh will host the City's fireworks and Independence Day celebration.

*** Raleigh's July 4th Celebration is now held in DOWNTOWN RALEIGH on Fayetteville St. (Prior to 2012 they were held at the fairgrounds.)

Festivities are scheduled in Downtown Raleigh on July 4, 2016, from noon to 11pm.

Independence Day Celebration during the day with live music, Beer/Wine tent, kids rides and games, Aerial Performances, Cirque de Vol street performers, eating contests, food and art vendors, and much more! Fireworks will light up the sky over The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts starting at around 9:30pm.

Location: Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

 See schedule and more info for Raleigh Downtown Fireworks Celebration


Mon., July 4, 2016
Cary Fourth of July Celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheater, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary, NC 27511
Mon, July 4, 2016, 3:00 - 10:00 pm
Fourth of July gathering with fireworks display; live musical entertainment. 
Fireworks rain or shine beginning at night fall.

From our blog: In prior years we have enjoyed the fireworks in Cary, NC at Koka Booth Amphitheater, on the banks of the Amphitheater's lake, so that we could see the reflections of the fireworks on the surface of the water. So beautiful! It was worth the (long) walk back to our car with throngs of fellow fireworks watchers.

The Cary, NC Koka Booth fireworks, concert and festivities are free, but if you pay for special seating tickets - rather than watching for free in the general audience as we did - you get premium picnic-style seating under the stars/fireworks with a great view of the NC symphony.  Tickets for the premium seating with treats can be purchased in person at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre Box Office. General admission is FREE.

3 p.m. Gates Open to Blankets, Lawn Chairs & Picnics
3-7 p.m. Kids Activities, Ferris Wheel, Berry-Go-Round, scavenger hunt, and more.
4:30-6 p.m. Watermelon eating, Ice Cream eating and corn hole contests.
5:45 p.m. Cary Town Band on Booth Main Stage
7:30 p.m. NC Symphony on Booth Main Stage

Fireworks immediately following concert.

More info: Cary, NC Koka Booth Amphitheater Independence Day Celebration Schedule

(919) 469-4061.

Mon., July 4, 2016
Joel Lane Old Fashioned Fourth of July, Raleigh, NC - COLONIAL Re-Enactments, Period Dress & Crafts, Free Lemonade & cookies!
Mon, July 4, 2016, 11am - 4pm

728 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC  (The Joel Lane Museum House is located two blocks south of Hillsborough Street at the corner of Saint Mary's and West Hargett Streets near downtown Raleigh.)
Enjoy live music, old-time games and crafts for the children, re-enactors demonstrating colonial work, and costumed docents ready to answer your questions in the museum buildings. Free lemonade and cookies. Donations requested.

From the website:
The Joel Lane Museum House, “The Birthplace of Raleigh,” will sponsor its 25th annual Independence Day Open House on Monday, July 4, 2016 from 11:00 am to 4 p.m. Admission is free, and donations are requested. Colonel Lane was a founding father of North Carolina’s capital city and an officer in the Wake County militia during the American Revolutionary War.

The house will be open and staffed by costumed docents who will be available to answer questions. On the grounds, living historians will demonstrate various aspects of colonial life, and visitors will be able to participate in hands-on activities such as writing with a quill pen or making rag dolls. There will be old-fashioned crafts and games for the children and free lemonade for all. The garden in its full summer glory will be on view, and herbs and trees from the gardens will be for sale.

In addition to outdoor activities, the 1769 plantation manor house, the circa 1790 kitchen building, and the Visitors Center and Museum Store will be open.

Joel Lane Old Fashioned 4th of July 2016

(919) 833-3431.


 Past entries: Read our Blog for July 4th, 2012 Highlights: RETURN of the Chapel Hill Fireworks; Raleigh NC Fireworks MOVE to Downtown Raleigh


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