The Fourth of July will be here soon, and towns across North Carolina are gearing up for spectacular celebrations.
There will be food, crafts, games, music, and of course, fireworks.
Here’s some of the events taking place throughout the state this year:
ApexOlde Fashioned Fourth of July event will take place July 3 and 4. It will feature a fireworks show July 3 at Hunter Street Park at 1250 Ambergate Station. Gates open at 5 p.m. There will be inflatables, food trucks and a DJ until 10 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. There will also be family-friendly games, inflatables, a Parade of Wheels and more July 4. Children can decorate bikes, wagons, tricycles and other nonmotorized vehicles in red, white and blue for the parade. The parade starts at the corner of Salem and Chatham streets. Helmets are required. A fire department splash down will follow the parade.
Five County StadiumFollowing the Mudcats games July 1 at 7 p.m., July 2 at 6:30 p.m. and July 3 at 6:30 p.m., there will be fireworks for the Fourth of July. The Mudcats play the Fayetteville Woodpeckers all three nights.
AshevilleThere will be a Downtown Asheville Independence Day Celebration July 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Pack Square Park at 121 College St. It will feature music from DJ Nex Millen from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Those attending should take a picnic basket or they can order takeout from downtown restaurants. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
South AshevilleAt Lake Julian at 406 Overlook Extension Arden, fireworks will start between 9 and 9:30 p.m. July 4. There will be food trucks and live music throughout the afternoon and into the evening. The park has picnic tables, grills, a sand volleyball court, two horseshoe pits, boat rentals and a playground.
Bryson CityThe fun begins at 10 a.m. July 4 with arts, crafts and food. Live music starts at 6 p.m. There will be funnel cakes, shaved ice, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, barbecue, kettle corn and more. The city’s gift shops, galleries and museums will be open. Those attending can dine indoors or outdoors at nearby restaurants or order food truck treats and eat at a picnic table. Fireworks start at 10 p.m.
Southport and Oak IslandOak Island Beach Day will kick off July 4 festivities with games, music and food July 1. There will also be a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a flag raising ceremony, a flag retirement ceremony, a car show, a parade, arts and crafts market, music and entertainment and a Freedom Flotilla. There will also be fireworks.
FayettevilleThe city will have an Independence Concert and fireworks July 1. It will feature the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra with a free concert of patriotic and popular songs at Festival Park. It will end with fireworks. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m.
Carolina BeachAn Independence Day Fireworks by the Sea and Boardwalk Blast will take place July 1 on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Visitors can take a picnic or get takeout from one of the local restaurants. Music starts at the gazebo stage at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Blowing RockDowntown Blowing Rock’s July Fourth celebration starts at 10 a.m. July 2 with a parade along Main Street. It will be a patriotic procession of musicians, local families, local organizations and various characters.
DurhamFestival for the Eno will take place July 2 and 4 at West Point on the Eno. There will be more than 60 bands on four stages, food, artists and more.
Surf CityThere will be a live band and food trucks at 6 p.m. July 4 at Soundside Park, 517 Roland Ave. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Chapel HillThe city will celebrate July 4 at Southern Community Park. Doors open at 7 p.m. There will be food, live music, face painting and more. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Kill Devil HillsThe town will host a fireworks show from Avalon Fishing Pier at 8 p.m. July 4.
WilmingtonFireworks will be available along the almost two-mile Riverwalk at 9:05 p.m. July 4. The fireworks will be shot off a barge in the Cape Fear River near the Battleship North Carolina.
GarnerThe North Carolina Symphony will headline the July 4 events at Lake Benson Park. Gates open at 5 p.m. There will be a Kids Zone with games and crafts from 5 to 8 p.m., food vendors all day, a performance by Joe Brown and The Band from 5:15 to 7:45 p.m. and fireworks.