2021 July 4th Fireworks Events Raleigh Cary Apex Durham NC

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Mark your calendars for the 2021 July 4th Fireworks displays in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Apex and more!

Fireworks on the Fourth of July are some of the best memories we have with family and friends.

Several celebrations include “old-fashioned” festivities for families such as face painting, food vendors, potato sack races, and plenty of live music. The Triangle area is well-known for its great music and wonderful summer atmosphere.

July 4th Fireworks Events – Pick your day, time, and activity, and click on all of the links for additional details. Have a wonderful and safe Independence Day holiday!


At 9:30pm on July 4th, the City of Raleigh will hold a 4th of July fireworks show near the Carter-Finley Stadium and PNC Arena Complex. Parking is free in the PNC Arena lots, North Carolina State Fairgrounds Bunn Field lots along Trinity Road, and Carter-Finley Stadium lots. The parking lot gates will open at 6 p.m. Fore more information click here.

The Brier Creek 4th of July Star-Spangled Block Party will return for 2021 on July 4th starting at 8 p.m. There will be a DJ, giveaways, and fireworks. For more information on this event click here.


Drive-Through Red, White and Blue Car Processional will be held on Saturday, July 3rd beginning at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend the parade and watch. If you would like to participate, you may sign up.


Mayor Lydia Lavelle will host the annual gathering of community members for the annual Community Reading of Frederick Douglass’ essay, “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro.” This event will be held outdoors at Carrboro Town Commons beginning at 12pm on Sunday, July 4th.  The reading will also available on their YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/carrboronc.

Tre. Charles will be performing live on the Town Commons following the community reading.  This one-hour performance will begin at 2:00pm and will also be live-streamed their

YouTube Channel. For more information about Tre. Charles and his music, visit https://www.trecharles.com/ .

The Town of Carrboro is also partnering with the Cat’s Cradle to present a live-streaming performance from local favorites, Mix Tape Grab Bag. The performance will be held from 4:00pm-6:00pm and is scheduled to stream on the Cat’s Cradle social media channels.

Check for updates to these events here.


Cary is hosting an Independence Day Celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheatre on July 4th! There will be performances by the Cary Town Band, the NC Symphony, and a fireworks display. Many options for food will be available for purchase.

The gates will open at 3:30 p.m. and the event will start at 5:30 p.m. Maximum capacity for this event is 7,000 patrons.

General Admission Seating is FREE to the Public! Table purchases are sold out at this time.


  • Gates open at 3:30PM
  • Cary Town Band: 5:30PM
  • NC Symphony: 7:30PM
  • Fireworks to follow the concert (approx 9:25PM)

More information on this event here.


At Southern Community Park in Chapel Hill, there will a fireworks show beginning at 9:20pm on July 4th! Parking for this event will open at 7pm and there are approximately 1,000 spots available in the Southern Community and Southern Village lots.


The Town of Clayton is holding a brand new event this year called the Square to Square Independence Day Street Festival. Saturday, July 3rd, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m on Main Street from Town Square to Horne Square. The Festival will feature some of the most options for entertainment in the Triangle. Including stiltwalkers, face painters, ax throwing, a hot dog eating contest, a hula hoop contest, a trackless train, rock climbing wall, waterslides, a bike parade, a fire truck parade, and free sno cones and watermelon!

You can also plan to head over to the Archer Lodge Community Center from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., to enjoy live music by Aaron Hamm and the Big River Band, food trucks, and fireworks.

More information for this event can be found here.


A patriotic Laser Light Show will be held at Durham County Memorial Stadium on both July 3rd and 4th at 9pm. Tickets to this event are free but you will need to reserve your spot in advance here. You may watch the 4th of July Laser Light show from your car or set up chairs by your car.

The Children’s Independence Day Parade will be held on July 4th at Durham Central Park. Kids are encouraged to decorate their bikes, wagons, or scooters with items from the Scrap Exchange! The park will be set up for families to meet and decorate at 9:30am and the parade will begin at 10:30am.

On July 4th there will be annual Fireworks after Durham Bulls Game. Get your tickets for this event here.

The annual Festival For The Eno at West Point is returning this year for Independence Day weekend! On July 3rd and 4th, over 40 artists will perform including Pastor Shirley Caesar, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, The HamilTones, the African American Dance Ensemble, Rissi Palmer, Blue Cactus, the Bluegrass Experience, and many more. In addition to the live performances, there will be a craft show featuring over 50 artists from the Southeast, dance demonstrations, food trucks, craft beer, wine, seltzer, and more! Don’t miss this event; find out how you can attend here.


The Garner Independence Day Celebration will take place on July 3rd at Lake Benson Park

Gates open at 5pm, parking is first-come-first-serve. Activities will include crafts for kids, Veterans Memorial tours, food vendors, fireworks, and performances by Johnny White and The Elite Band as well as the NC Symphony! Get more information on this event here.


Fuquay-Varina is holding its Independence Day celebration on July 3rd at South Park in Fuquay-Varina. The gates will open at 6 p.m. and beginning at 6:30pm live music will be provided by Spare Change. The fireworks will begin around 9:15 pm. You may bring blankets, chairs, and coolers, but no alcohol is permitted. There will also be food available for purchase. Get more information on this event here


The town of Holly Springs will hold the annual “Day After 4th of July Celebration on Monday, July 5th from 6pm to 9:30pm at Jefferson L. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park. There will be live entertainment, fireworks and 20 different food trucks, and concessions! Get more information about this event here.


Fourth of July activities in Wake Forest for 2021 will include:

A Fireworks Spectacular on July 3 at Heritage High School. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. The fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m. All are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the fireworks show on the Husky Stadium football field or on one of the designated viewing areas on the Heritage High School campus. Spectators may also sit on the home side stadium bleachers.

The Children’s Parade sponsored by the Wake Forest Optimist Club on July 4th at 1pm at the intersection of North Main Street and West Juniper Ave. All kids are invited to hop on their bicycles or be pulled along in a wagon as part of the “walking parade”! The parade will end at the Wake Forest Community House.

Art in the Park sponsored by the Wake Forest Woman’s Club on July 4th from 2pm to 4pm at the Wake Forest Community House. All children are welcome to attend and have the opportunity to create a range of different arts and crafts projects.

For more information on these events click here.


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Comments (3)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Amy Shair great to see that 4th of July fireworks are still going on in your are.  Around here most of the planned fireworks were canceled earlier in the year.

Jun 22, 2021 03:42 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Amy,  Thank you for sharing your local 4th of July events.  It looks like there are many fun things for families to participate in.

Jun 22, 2021 06:10 PM