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Through July 9th 2014 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

Independence Day is almost here! To help you plan, this email will cover this weekend, all the Independence Day fun and next weekend. Whether you are heading out of town, hosting visitors or just having a quiet holiday, has such a great variety of events so you can make the most of your down time.

Independence Day in the Triangle Just about every city and town in the Triangle is hosting something fun for the Independence Day Holiday. Whether you are looking for breakfast and a kids parade or fireworks and live concerts, has it all for you!

Many events take place on July 3rd this year. The Town of Garner's Independence Day Celebration festivities start Thursday with kids inflatables and the sounds of the Central Park Band and end with the North Carolina Symphony and a Fireworks Display.

The Town of Fuquay-Varina will host the annual Independence Day Celebration on the third, also. There will be fun for the whole family with fireworks, live music by Spare Change, food, and free carnival rides to enjoy at South Park.


Morrisville's Fireworks are on the 3rd! If you are an early riser, you can head over to Morrisville to enjoy a July 4th Pancake Breakfast and live entertainment on the 4th. Tickets should be purchased in advance so click through for the information


4th of July Celebration in Wake Forest will also start the weekend off with a bang. Thursday night at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School, there will be a concert by Band of Oz, games, live entertainment and fireworks. The gates open at 5:30 pm and admission is $5 per person (kids under six are free).
For a slightly different twist, come on out to Bond Park on Thursday to experience the Independence Eve Celebration at Sertoma. Applause! Cary Youth Theatre will present an Independence Eve performance. Following the performance, there will be a concert by the Cary Town Band. Bond Park is also hosting an Olde Time Celebration on the 4th. The fun begins early with a parent-child fishing tournament and a parade. The day continues with family contests including doughnut and watermelon eating concerts, lakeside Olympics, balloon volleyball and seed spitting contests.
Apex honors an Old Fashion 4th of July on Friday with Uncle Sam's Parade of Wheels and an afternoon of fun with food, inflatables, street performers, Karaoke, carnival games, climbing wall and cake walk. After the parade, enjoy the Apex Fire Department's Splash Down!
Friday is also the Children's Independence Day Parade and Family Fun at Durham Central Park. Decorate your bike or wagon and join them for a parade, a frozen treat and some great music. Also in Durham, the Jammin' Jazz 4th of July will bring Mickey Mills and Steel to the stage Friday evening on the Lawn of the American Tobacco Campus Amphitheatre.
Following the Wake Forest Children's Parade, head on over to Holding Park for Art-in-the-Park and Games-in-the-Park. Some of the game activities will include sack races, watermelon seed spitting contest, and a pie eating contest. Arts and crafts activities include decorating a sun visor, patriotic magnet, cupcake, and treat bag.
The City of Raleigh repeats their July 4th Celebration. "The Works" starting around noon with Hot Dog Eating Contests, live music, beer/wine tent, kids rides and games, Circus Maximus, street performers, food and art vendors. While your downtown, Marbles Kids Museum will be celebrating Red, White and Blue for YOU with a day of family fun (and air conditioning). The North Carolina Museum of History will be closed on the 4th but the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (including the Nature Research Center) will be open 9am-5pm on the 4th.
Celebrating Independence Day provides an opportunity to look back in time. The Independence Day Open House at the Joel Lane House is a great place to reflect on colonial life. On the grounds, re-enactors will demonstrate various aspects of colonial life such as spinning and dyeing. The garden will be on view and herbs from the garden will be for sale. There will be old fashioned crafts and games as well as lemonade for the children. In addition to outdoor activities, the circa 1770 plantation manor house and the 1790 kitchen building will be open.
The State Capitol is another great historical location to celebrate our Independence! Enjoy a family-oriented Independence Day celebration with a patriotic concert and picnic. A naturalization ceremony for new citizens, trolley rides, musical performances, food and historic demonstrators round out this patriotic day of fun.
The Town of Carrboro will be celebrating on the 4th with loads of live entertainment, kids inflatables, games, face painting, a toddler square, a kid's fun zone and even a costume contest and traditional Main Street Parade.
Right around the corner, Historic Hillsborough will start their Picnic in the Park early with a parade, public reading of the Declaration of Independence, bands, pony rides, lawn games, food trucks and a pie bake-off.
Then there are the evening programs. The Mebane Fourth of July Family Music Festival will feature live music, food vendors and a fireworks display. The Cary Independence Day Concert & Fireworks at Regency Park is another great family event with patriotic music and fireworks. In Durham, you can enjoy a Durham Bulls game with the Independence Day Celebration. Tickets are required for the baseball game, but the gates will be opened for free admission at the end of the 7th inning. In addition to the baseball game and fireworks, there will live music, also. Lastly, the fireworks and festivities in Chapel Hill will take place at Kenan Memorial Stadium again this year!
The fun takes place on Saturday in Holly Springs. The Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration will feature children's entertainment, inflatables, festival food, kids crafts, potato sack races, a watermelon seed spitting contest, face painting and musical entertainment. The evening at Sugg Farm Park will culminate with fireworks!

First Friday & Holiday Fun Continues into July
Festival for the Eno will take place on Friday, July 4th and Saturday the 5th. The Festival features over 65 performers on 4 stages, 85 craft artists, a home and garden expo, solar power and biodiesel demos, traditional and international food court, instrument museum, petting zoo, live animals, craft demonstrations, river activities and rentals, kids activities, storytellers, and puppets. Tickets are needed, so click through for all the info.
First Friday will bring the Gallery Walk to Downtown Raleigh along with the Morning Times Market at City Market with local artisans, live music, entertainment, and local breweries. and extended hours at Raleigh City Museum.
The Science Cafe on July 3rd at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences invites you to play some Science Trivia. Saturday, July 5th is Military Discount Day for the Rainforest Adventure. Members of the Military and their guests will be eligible for discounted entry to the special exhibit and a 15% discount all day at the Museum Stores.
July is Blue Morpho Month at the Museum of Life and Science. Enjoy a total immersion experience as they release a thousand new Blue Morpho butterflies. You can watch them emerge from their chrysalises, enjoy daily butterfly releases and chat with entomologists about the complete life cycle of a butterfly.
Bass Lake Park will host a Family Fun Night on Friday, July 4th with art & crafts, live animals and magician Dan the Magic Man.
Take a trip Around the World in 80 Minutes with Musical Interludes at the Durham Cinematheque Saturday evening at Durham Central Park.
There will be an Artists' Reception Sunday, July 6th at the Sertoma Arts Center celebrating the works of Eric Krouse, Meera Goyal and the Raleigh Miniatures Guild.
Wednesday, July 9th brings another Drop in Studio and Summer Family Films, a collection of folktales and fairy tales from around the world.

Fun at the Parks

Over the next two weekends, there are lots of great activities like educational programs and guided hikes at our Triangle Parks. We are going to highlight a few of the family events, but for the complete listing, go to the Events Search at and put in the dates and/or parks you are interested in and we will keep you up to date. Now that its summer vacation, many of the local parks are doing weekday programs also. We will try to keep you updated to the daily events on Facebook.

Eno River Rangers will travel back to Holden Mill on Sunday, July 6th along with a Nature Story Time and a program on Water Bugs.

Help celebrate the Umstead State Park 's 80th year anniversary with an entry in the Umstead Coalition Photography Contest 2014. Photos can be submitted digitally through July 12 and will be displayed as a Special Exhibit at the Umstead State Park Visitor Center. They will also be taking a Walk on the Woods on Wednesday, July 2nd.
Prairie Ridge hosts Nature Stories for little ones every Thursday and Citizen Science Saturdays every weekend.
Its Free Fishing Day on Friday, July 4th at Lake Crabtree County Park. In celebration of Independence Day, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has declared July 4 to be Free Fishing Day. From 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in North Carolina - resident and non-residents alike - can fish in any public body of water, including coastal waters, without a fishing license. You can also go Birding with Vernon early Satuday, July 5th.




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