Local Spots for 4th of July Fun

If you think all Independence Day celebrations happen on July 4, you must be new here! Celebrations in Western and Southern Wake County begin July 1 and continue through July 5, so don’t miss the festivities!

Town of Fuquay-Varina’s Independence Day Celebration, July 1, 6 p.m.

Head to Fuquay-Varina for fireworks, music, and the start of a great long weekend at South Park, 900 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. Gates open at 6 p.m. and fireworks will begin at sundown (generally around 9:16 p.m.)

A concert featuring Spare Change will begin at 6:30 p.m. Food trucks will be on site, and the Splash Pad will be open from 6-8:30 p.m. Make sure to bring a blanket or chair and get there early to claim the best location to view the fireworks. The event is alcohol-free; however, coolers are allowed.

Town of Apex Fireworks Frenzy, July 3, 5-10 p.m.

This first-ever fireworks display and event will feature music, food trucks, and bounce houses. Fireworks will kick off around 9:30 p.m. over Hunter Street Park (gates will open at Hunter Street Park soccer field at 5 p.m.)

Morrisville Family Fun Festival, July 3, 4-9 p.m.

The event will be held on Town Hall Drive, with live entertainment, food trucks, roving entertainment, face painters, family-friendly games, prize giveaways, small business representation, and displays with information and updates on Town projects. This year fireworks will conclude the evening but will only be visible from Town Hall Drive. Attendance is free, but bring money for the food trucks and games!

Town of Cary’s Independence Day Celebration, July 4, 3:30 p.m.

Cary’s 2022 Independence Day observance will include a free Fourth of July Celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheatre with patriotic performances from the Cary Town Band and NC Symphony, followed by a fireworks finale over Symphony Lake. General admission and parking on site is free to the public!

Event starts at 3:30 p.m. July 4. For more information, including parking, food & beverage options, items allowed, and reserving a table, visit the Koka Booth Amphitheatre website.

Apex’s Olde Fashioned Fourth of July, July 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

This long-standing traditional event in downtown Apex features games for all ages, inflatables, the Parade of Wheels, and ends with a splash down from the Apex Fire Department! Additionally, Whole Brain Escape will be hosting a puzzle game!

“This is a free, family-friendly activity in downtown Apex,” said Heather Chandler, owner of Whole Brain Escape. “Sometimes, it’s fun to set down your phones and solve puzzles the old-fashioned way!” 

Participants can swing by the Whole Brain Escape booth and pick up a copy of the game, then explore Salem Street, searching for solutions to the puzzles. Anything could be a clue: a historic plaque, a sign, or a mural. Winners will be entered for a prize drawing.

A Second Day for the USA! July 5, 6-9:30 p.m.

3 Ways to Exit the Event Following the Fireworks

Located at Jefferson L. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs, attendees are invited to celebrate Independence Day on July 5 with food, live entertainment, and fireworks! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, or towels, as the event is lawn seating. Coolers are allowed. Alcohol is prohibited. Fireworks are weather dependent and are subject to a time or date change.

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