List: Where to find fireworks in the Triangle

4 July 2022

— Many in-person Fourth of July events are back this year! Check out this list of area events.


Star-Spangled Block Party at Brier Creek Commons (Brier Creek Commons, 8161 Brier Creek Parkway, Raleigh) – Brier Creek Commons Shopping Center will host a block party on July 4 from 8-9 p.m. with fireworks and more fun.

City of Raleigh’s July 4th fireworks (Dix Park, Raleigh) – The City of Raleigh’s annual July Fourth fireworks has moved to Dix Park this year. There will be no parking at Dix Park. Event parking will be at N.C. State’s Centennial Campus and downtown Raleigh parking decks. Shuttles will run from Centennial Campus and Moore Square to Dix Park from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. and there will be a DJ stage and lawn games. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.


EnoFest (West Point on the Eno, 5101 N Roxboro Rd, Durham, NC, Durham) – EnoFest is back with events on July 2 and July 4 at West Point on the Eno City Park. There will be live music, food and drink, art, vendors and performances. Tickets are still available.

Children’s Independence Day Parade at Durham Central Park (Durham Central Park, 502 Foster St., Durham) – Bring the whole family to Durham Central Park on July 4th for the annual Children’s Parade! Decorate those bike, trikes, wagons and strollers all welcome at 9:30 a.m., with items from The Scrap Exchange. Then, parade through the park at 10:30. Following the parade there will be free popsicles and fire truck tours. DJ Pittipat will spin tunes.

Fourth of July Cookout and Pie Eating Contest (The Roof at The Durham, 315 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham)- Celebrate the Fourth of July with a classic cookout on the Roof. Chefs Shane and Jeff will grill hamburgers and hotdogs on the open-air Roof with plenty of picnic sides. Make sure you save room for house-made pie! The bar will be open with craft cocktails, beer, and wine. Test your stamina with a pie-eating contest! Enter your name into a drawing to participate in the contest to see who can eat an entire house-made blueberry pie first. The contest will begin at 8pm, so get your name into the bowl before then. All food and beverages are for purchase a la carte. This event is open to the public; come as you are with no tickets needed.

Independence Day Celebration at Durham Bulls (Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St., Durham) – Celebrate July 4th with the Durham Bulls and Durham Parks and Recreation Department. The baseball game starts at 6:35 p.m. with fireworks to follow. Gates will open for general admission at the end of the 7th inning based on availability for those that would like to view the fireworks show from inside the ballpark. Please note, viewing areas are limited outside of the ballpark so getting a ticket to the game is the best option to ensure a spot to see the fireworks.

Watts-Hillandale Fourth of July Parade (Oval Drive Park, 2200 W. Club Boulevard, Durham) -​ The 72th annual Watts Hospital-Hillandale Fourth of July Parade and Celebration will be held at 10 a.m. on July 4. It is Durham’s oldest Fourth of July celebration.

Stars, Stripes and Strings (Old Mill Farm, 8913 NC-751, Durham) – This second annual event will include six live performances throughout the day, plus a kids carnival, food trucks, petting area and more! Book a session or enjoy all day on the farm. Tickets are on sale now for this July 4th event.


Morrisville July 3rd Family Fun Festival (Morrisville family fun festival, Town Hall Drive, Morrisville) – The Town of Morrisville will host a family fun festival on July 3 to celebrate Independence Day. The event will be held on Town Hall Drive with more family-oriented attractions than previous years. There will be live entertainment, magic shows, food trucks, stilt walkers, roving entertainment, face painters, family-friendly games, prize giveaways and fireworks.


July 3 Fireworks Frenzy in Apex (Hunter Street Park, 1250 Ambergate Station) – Apex’s first-ever fireworks display and event features music, food trucks, and bounce houses. Fireworks kick off around 9:30 p.m. over Hunter Street Park.

Olde Fashioned Fourth of July (Historic Downtown Apex) – Head to downtown Apex on July 4 for activities including a flag raising, a decorated car processional, children’s parade and more fun. The celebration is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Garner July 3rd Independence Day Celebration (Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Rd, Garner) – Garner’s annual celebration will be held on July 3 with the North Carolina Symphony, fireworks and food vendors. There will be parking at the park as well as a free shuttle service from South Garner High to the park. Gates open and shuttle service starts at 5 p.m.


Town of Clayton Square to Square Independence Day Street Festival (Clayton – Main Street, East Main Street, Clayton) – The Town of Clayton will celebrate Independence Day on July 2 with games, activities and more fun on Main Street from Town Square to Horne Square. Things kick off at 10 a.m. with a bike parade, followed by a street festival with a hot dog eating contest, food trucks, water slides and rock climbing walls.

Wake Forest

Wake Forest Fireworks Spectacular (Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Rd, Wake Forest) – The Town of Wake Forest will hold its annual fireworks spectacular on July 3 at Heritage High School from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The fun continues on July 4 with a children’s parade at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Wake Forest.


Fourth of First Avenue (Knightdale Station Park, 950 Steeple Square Ct., Knightdale) – Enjoy food trucks, live music and more fun at Knightdale Station Park on July 4 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.


The Town of Cary Presents: Independence Day Celebration (Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary) – The Town of Cary will celebrate with a concert from the North Carolina Symphony and Cary Town Band on Monday, July 4. There will also be a fireworks display. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. General admission is free to the public.

Chapel Hill and Carrboro

July 4th Fireworks in Chapel Hill (Southern Community Park, 1000 Sumac Road) – Gather at Southern Community Park with blankets, chairs, and friends for an evening of community camaraderie and a spectacular fireworks display to celebrate the holiday. Event parking opens at 7 p.m. with the fireworks display beginning around 9 p.m.

Fourth of July Celebration in Carrboro (Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W Main St, Carrboro) – The event will be held at Carrboro Town Commons from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 4. Pre-event activities will be held at Weaver Street Market beginning at 9:30 a.m.


Fuquay-Varina Independence Day Celebration (Fuquay Varina Community Center South Park, 900 S Main St, Fuquay-Varina) – The Town of Fuquay-Varina will hold its annual Independence Day celebration on July 1 at South Park. There will be a concert from Spare Change starting at 6:30 p.m. There will also be fireworks and food trucks.

Holly Springs

Holly Springs July 5th Celebration (Sugg Farm Park, 2401 Grigsby Avenue, Holly Springs) – Celebrate Independence Day on July 5 with food, live entertainment, and fireworks at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs. The celebration starts at 6 p.m. and will include food vendors and live music followed by fireworks.


Rolesville Fourth (Redford Place Park, 121 Redford Pl Dr, Rolesville) – Enjoy food trucks, beer and wine, live music, yard games, family crafts, inflatables and fireworks at this event! The fun starts at 5 p.m.

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