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June 27th - July 10th Triangle 2019

by Pam & Michael Davison

Happy Independence Day! 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

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 Wednesday with kids inflatables and the sounds of the Embers 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. Wednesday night at Heritage High School, there will be a concert by Sleeping Booty, games, live entertainment and fireworks. The gates open at 5:30 pm and admission is free. Again this year, you are encouraged to take the free shuttle service. Click through for the details.

For a slightly different twist, come on out to Bond Park on Wednesday to experience the Independence Eve Celebration at the Cary Arts Center. 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 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 Thursday 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!

Thursday 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.

Following the Wake Forest Children's Parade Thursday, head on over to Art & Games in the Park. Some of the game activities will include sack races, watermelon seed spitting contest, and a pie eating contest.

The City of Raleigh continues to host their July 4th Celebration at the State Fairgrounds this year.

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! This family-friendly event features a naturalization ceremony for new citizens, musical performances, food and historic demonstrations.

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.

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 then fireworks show. Tickets are required for the baseball game, but the gates will be opened for free admission at the end of the 7th inning. Lastly, the fireworks and festivities in Chapel Hill will take place at Southern Community Park this year!

The fun takes place on Friday 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!

Celebrate with Music and Movies

Movies by Moonlight at Regency Park will present Ralph Breaks the Internet Friday evening on their big screen. Come baack Friday July 5th for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Fridays on the Front Porch features local band Barefoot Manner Bluegrass Band and area food trucks Bull City Street Food and The Humble Pig in Downtown Chapel Hill. The band Counterclockwise and food truck Soom Soom Pita Pockets will be there Friday, July 5th.

Hill Country Cosmopolitan will be presenting a summer outdoor concert Friday night at Apex Nature Park. The Chatham Rabbits will be there Saturday, July 6th.

Start your weekend Friday night at the North Carolina Museum of Art with Iris After Dark and then stay for Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Come back after dark Saturday for a Movie Party with Bohemian Rhapsody.

The Durham Central Park Playlist Concert Series is thrilled to bring Ricardo Diquez Y La Orquesta to the stage Friday evening.

Come to a Beach Music Party with North Tower Friday night at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center.

Come enjoy Friday Family Flicks & Camping at Lake Benson. The movie is free, but there is a fee to camp Friday night. The featured flick is Smallfoot.

Totally Curious will be the featured band for the Summer at the Springs Concert in Holly Springs on Friday, June 28th.

Cary Live will feature the band Banditos, a group of six 20-somethings, along with food trucks 454 Grill, Bond Brothers Beer Company, and Magdough Saturday night.

Join a Social Dance Workshop at Southern Oracle, the new installation by Heather Hart in the Museum Park of the North Carolina Museum of Art Sunday, June 30th.

Capital Transit will be playing a Sunday evening concert at Fred Fletcher Park.

Forest Hill Park will host a Rock the Park Concert Saturday, July 6th featuring the reggae sounds of Ras Medy.

Last Friday Festivities and More

Thursday's Science cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will all about How to Grow Fruit in Your Backyard

Come to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences for Final Friday festivities featuring the 1995 Jumanji. In addition to the movie, come early to enjoy interactive activities, live music and a wide array of science stations.

Its Finally Friday in Apex. Join them for entertainment, food and some after-work relaxation and fun along Salem Street.

Triangle arts and culture in the Cary area are highlighted with extended hours for participating art galleries, restaurants, coffee houses, and other businesses that showcase visual arts, and music during the Finally Friday Cary Art Loop.

Last Fridays returns with a concert on the old courthouse lawn and a downtown gallery walk through Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and Carrboro.

The Holly Springs Farmers Market will host the Park it in the Market Food Truck Rodeo with Food Trucks and extended hours on June 29th.

Fun at the Parks

Over the next week, there are lots of great activities like educational programs and guided hikes at our Triangle Parks. We will highlight a few of the family events on Facebook, 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.

Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park invites you to take a variety of tours both Saturday and Sunday. The renovated Mill is a great destination if you have out of town guests. The park is wonderfully scenic and the interpretive history center is fascinating for all ages.

Take a little hike for little ones, toddlers, and infants in carriers as you explore the Eno Trace trail Saturday on a Kangaroo Hike.

In honor of National Pollinator Month, come to Harris Lake Sunday to learn how butterflies and moths are different from each other, search for caterpillars and adults and discover ways to make your home garden pollinator friendly.

The Hunt Horse Complex at the State Fairgrounds will host the Annual Hunter/Jumper Show June 26th-30th.

Treasures of the Earth Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show will be at the Fairgrounds July 5th-7th.

Festival for the Eno will take place on Thursday the 4th and Saturday, July 6th. The Festival features over 70 performers on 4 stages, 60 craft artists, a beer garden, food trucks, craft demonstrations, river activities and rentals, kids activities, storytellers, and puppets. Tickets are needed, so click through for all the info.

Independence Day is Free Fishing Day here in North Carolina. This is the one day of the year when anyone can fish in NC public waters without having a fishing license.


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