The triangle region of North Carolina, Raleigh-Durham and surrounding towns, is gearing up for the Fourth of July weekend. Fireworks, music, games, food, concerts, performances, and much more will be part of different Independence Day celebrations in the area. Listed below are six of the biggest 2011 Fourth of July events in Raleigh & Durham.
1. July 4th Celebration at NC State Fairgrounds
The NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh will host a huge fireworks show. Vendors will be on site for those who want food and concessions. The festivities start at 5:00 pm and will end at 9:00 pm. Activities line up are dance instruction, arts & crafts, 4th of July hat making, a Nature Program, and a Taiko drumming show. The Raleigh Police and Fire Department will sponsor more fun for the kids: an obstacle course, design-a-park activity, Wii games, bingo, and a scavenger hunt. Admission and parking are free, so don’t miss out on the fun.
2. NC Symphony Summerfest
Celebrate Independence Day by attending a free concert by the NC Symphony at the Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, North Carolina. The event is part of the Rex Healthcare Summerfest series and features guest conductor Sarah Loannides. One of Raleigh’s biggest fireworks display will also be a part of this Independence Day celebration. The gates open at 3 pm and the event is free for all. The Koka Booth Amphitheater at Regency Park is an outdoor concert arena, so don’t forget a blanket and lawn chair.
3. Joel Museum Independence Day Celebration
On Monday, July 4, 2011, The Joel Museum honors and celebrates Independence Day. The event will have re-enactors of Colonial life. Visitors have the opportunity to relive Colonial life by conducting chores such as churning butter and carrying water in buckets. Small children may not understand the historical aspects of the Open House, but they will love the games, old-fashioned crafts, and lemonade. The event lasts from 1pm to 4pm.
4. Festival for the Eno
Festival for the Eno is among the biggest 4th of July Celebration in Durham. Musical performance of blue grass, folk, old time, gospel, and world music are part of the event. A few of the performers of the weekend are the African American Dance Ensemble, Children of the Horn, Donna Herula, John Shain Trio, Too Much Fun, the Cane Creek Cloggers, Nancy Middleton Band, and many more. Visitors can also visit Sustainable Home and Garden expo or buy arts & crafts from various vendors. The festival begins on Saturday, July 2 and lasts until on Monday, July 4th. Advance tickets go on sale May 15.
5. Clayton’s July 4th Celebration
The event was canceled last year, but it’s on for Independence Day 2011. A ton of entertainment including games, music, rides, and contests, will be available for the kids. A fireworks show is scheduled to top off the night’s joy and excitement. Great summer food will also be available at the festivity. Although the show is free of charge, donations are always welcome. For further details, visit the official Town of Clayton webpage for the event.
6. Archer Lodge Family Fun Day
Saturday, July 2, the Archer Lodge Community Center will have a family fun day and 4th of July celebration. A 5K road race will begin at 8 am followed by a community parade at 11 am. After the parade, BBQ lunch, bingo, a horseshoe tournament, cake walk, train ride, and kids games are activities the kids can enjoy. That’s not it. A patriotic salute program will be held at 12 pm, the Little Miss Anchor Lodge Pageant at 6:30 pm, and finally fireworks after dark. The event lasts all day, so plan accordingly. Wear comfortable clothing.