Historic Halifax, Halifax, NC
Celebrate 238 years of independence in the town where the spirit of independence was born with the Halifax Resolves in April 1776. This town-wide, all-day event includes tours of historic buildings, family activities, and fireworks at dusk. Free. More info.
Tryon Palace, New Bern, NC
Enjoy fife and drum performances, dancing, games, kids’ crafts, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and free admission to the gardens. House tours require tickets, but all other events are free. More info.
Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam, NC
The parade will begin at the Administration Building at 6:00 pm and fireworks will go off at 10:00 pm. Local southern rock band Fastgear will perform songs from the 90’s through hits of today. More info.
State Capitol, Downtown Raleigh
Enjoy patriotic music by the Raleigh Concert band, historical military displays, carriage rides, face painting, a children’s parade, and hands-on activities for children. Activities will take place from noon to 11 pm, with fireworks over the Duke Energy Center at 9:30 pm. Free. More info.
Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo, NC
The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band will perform patriotic standards in the Outdoor Pavilion and the town of Manteo will provide fireworks. The concert starts at 8 pm and the fireworks start at 9:30 pm. Free. More info.
City of Southport, NC
Join a crowd of 50,000 North Carolinians for a parade, fireworks, sack races, pie-eating contests, a car show, and all-day musical entertainment. Enjoy the wares of over 100 different arts-and-crafts vendors and food trucks. The day will start with the parade at 11:00 am and end with fireworks at 9:00 pm. Free. More info.
Old Salem Historic District, Winston-Salem, NC
Listen to the Independence Jazz Concert and a reading of the Declaration of Independence; play colonial games in the Tavern Meadow (10 am – 1:00 pm); take a self-guided garden tour; watch a puppet show; and taste lemon ice cream at the Vierling Wash Bake House. Tickets range from $11 – $23. More info.
Downtown Asheville, NC
Join the fun in Park Square Park with family activities and music, ranging from honky-tonk to surf rock, to blues to Western swing. Children will love the bouncy houses, Splashville Fountain, and numerous races. Stage entertainment kicks off at 4:00 pm and fireworks go off at 9:30 pm. Free admission. More info.
Blowing Rock, NC
On Saturday, July 5th, enjoy a watermelon-eating contest, face painting, an obstacle course, cloggers, bluegrass, and patriotic music in the heart of downtown Blowing Rock. The parade will start at 2:00 pm and fireworks will go off at the Blowing Rock Country Club at 9:30 pm. Free. More info.