Check out the options to celebrate Independence Day around Eastern North Carolina.
While most events are on the 4th of July, a few are on other dates as noted.
Clayton July 4th Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2019 @ 4-10pm
At Clayton Municipal Park, 325 McCullers Drive, Clayton, NC.
Games, rides, inflatables, food vendors, and live music by Big Love NC. Free watermelon (courtesy of Lee’s Produce & Garden Center) and free ice cream. Raffle prizes too, with tickets on sale at the main tent.
See full details including map and schedule at ClaytonParks.org/July4.
Durham Bulls’ Independence Day Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 6:05-10pm (game) / fireworks 9:15pm
At the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell Street, Durham, NC.
Watch the Durham Bulls play baseball, then stay after to watch the fireworks.
Buy tickets via the Durham Bulls website. For more details, parking information, or list of places to view the fireworks from outside the athletic park, visit www.dprplaymore.org/312/Independence-Day-Celebration.
Festival for the Eno
Thursday, July 4, 2019 @ 10am-6pm
While not strictly an Independence Day event, this 40th-annual festival will be held on July 4 and July 6, 2019. The location is West Point on the Eno, 5101 N Roxboro Street, Durham, NC. Require payment/tickets, available at various prices.
See festival details at www.enofest.org.
Farmville’s 4th of July Celebration
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 @ 6pm
Held on the Town Commons in Farmville, NC.
The children’s Little Patriots Parade are asked to gather by NAPA (3793 S Main Street) at 5:30pm to parade to the celebration. Stay for fun, live music, and fireworks. Bring blanket/chair for comfort.
See flyer here.
Garner Independence Day Celebration
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 @ 5-10pm
Held at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner, NC.
Enjoy live music, a Kids Zone, food and other vendors, and fireworks after dark. Admission is free, foods available for purchase.
See details at www.garnernc.gov/…/independence-day.
Halifax County Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2019 @ 5:30-10pm
At the Halifax County Courthouse Complex, Ferrell Lane, Halifax, NC.
Enjoy music and fun, purchase food and snacks from vendors, and enjoy fireworks when it gets dark.
FYI, Historic Halifax will be open during the day.
Kenly’s 4th of July Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2019 @ 7pm-10pm(ish) / fireworks 9pm
Held behind the Kenly 95 Petro, 923 Johnston Pkwy, Kenly, NC.
The Town of Kenly and Kenly 95 Petro will sponsor “the largest fireworks display in the area.” There will also be a DJ and games for the kids. Visit the Johnston County website for details.
4th on 1st
Thursday, July 4, 2019 @ 5-9:45pm / fireworks 9:15pm
At Knightdale Station Park, Knightdale, NC.
Come and enjoy live music by The Embers, children’s activities, and food trucks, kids activities, with fireworks starting after dark. There will also be Wake Stone Quarry bus tours at 3, 4, and 5pm.
See map and details at www.knightdalenc.gov/…/july-4th-celebration.
July 4th Celebration 2019
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 5:30-9pm
At Louisburg High, 201 Allen Lane, Louisburg, NC.
Enjoy music, games/inflatables, and more. Food will be available for purchase. Fireworks to end the night.
See details at www.facebook.com/events/757228504675229.
Macclesfield Fair and Fourth Celebration
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 @ 6-10pm
Gather at the gazebo downtown in Macclesfield, NC.
downtown for an evening of family fun and fireworks. Live music by Steel Standin’ Band.
Brier Creek 4th of July Fireworks
Thursday, July 4, 2019 @ 7-10pm
At Brier Creek Commons, 8311 Brier Creek Pkwy, Raleigh, NC.
The Star Spangled Block Party starts at 7pm, with a choreographed fireworks show after dark. No tickets necessary; no alcohol or heat sources allowed.
See details and updates via www.facebook.com/shopbriercreek.
Rocky Mount Independence Celebration
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 @ 6-9:30pm
At the Rocky Mount Sports Complex, 600 Independence Drive, Rocky Mount, NC.
Come and enjoy activities, community, and entertainment at this free event. Fireworks held after dark.
See details and potential updates here.
Englewood Baptist Church July 4th Freedom Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2019 @ 6-10pm
Organized and hosted by Englewood Baptist Church, 1350 S Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC.
Enjoy games/inflatables for the children, plus pony rides, and go carts. For all ages, there will be live music and food vendors. Fireworks begin at dusk.
See details via the church’s Facebook event page.
Rolesville 4th Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2019 @ 6-10pm
Held in Rolesville, NC.
Enjoy live entertainment. Purchase from food trucks or the beer garden. Fireworks after dark.
Selma All-American Festival
Thursday, July 4, 2019 @ 6-10pm / fireworks 9:15pm
Held in Uptown Selma by Raiford Street in front of Town Hall, Selma, NC.
Free children’s activities, slices of watermelon, train rides, a DJ, and more. Food and other vendors will be at this festival. Fireworks to end the evening.
See details at www.selma-nc.com/all-american-festival.
Tarboro July 4th Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2019 @ 6-9pm
At Braswell Park, Tarboro, NC.
Enjoy music, contests, free rides, inflatables, and face painting for the kids. Concessions will be selling food and beverages. Fireworks to follow.
See details and possible updates at www.facebook.com/events/869603633418413.
Wake Forest Independence Day Celebration
July 3 and 4, 2019
Held at several locations in Wake Forest, NC.
Fireworks, games, entertainment, a parade, Arts in the Park, and more at this 46th-annual celebration.
See activity schedule for Wednesday-Thursday, addresses/locations, and details at www.wakeforestnc.gov/…/independence-day-celebration.
Wendell’s July 4th Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2019 @ 10:30am-12:30pm
In downtown Wendell, NC.
This event, sponsored by the Wendell Historical Society, includes a parade, a program at Town Square, and hot dogs and watermelon.
See event notice here.
Carolina Mudcats for America Fireworks Series
Thursday, July 4, 2019 @ 7pm
At Five County Stadium, 1501 NC-39 Hwy, Zebulon, NC.
Come for the baseball and stay for the fireworks. The Mudcats will be wearing their Patriotic Jerseys. Fireworks will start soon after the game ends.
Mudcats game tickets may be purchased here. Note that there will be fireworks after the July 4, 5, and 6, 2019 games.
Ed. Note: Originally published June 24, 2019. Updates made July 3 and moved to the top of the news feed.