4th of July

2015 Guide to 4th of July in Cary

4th of July

Cary, NC — This is your complete guide to 4th of July festivities in Cary.

Guide to 4th of July in Cary

Whether you’re in search of 4th of July festivities across the Triangle or right here in Cary, there are plenty. We’ve received information about The Cary’s film festival, RailHawks soccer and celebrations at Cary’s winery and brewery. Of course, we’ve listed the big festivals in Cary, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill (and where to find fireworks) too.

Some events occur on the Friday before or the Sunday after the 4th, so be sure to check dates as you make your plans. Happy 4th of July, readers!

Films at The Cary

The Cary Theater will host a 4th of July film fest all weekend long. All movies are $5.

  • Captain America: The First Avenger – Thursday, July 2 at 7 pm
  • A Few Good Men – Thursday, July 2 at 9:30 pm
  • Independence Day – Friday, July 3 at 7 pm
  • Top Gun – Friday, July 3 at 9:30 pm
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy – Sunday, July 5 at 2 pm

Independence Eve Celebration

Independence Eve Celebration
Friday, July 3, 2015; 6:30-9:30 pm
at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue, Cary
Join Applause! Youth Theatre and the Cary Town Band for a 28th annual patriotic salute to our nation’s birth and the service personnel, past and present, who have helped secure our liberty and freedom. You’ll hear buglers bugle and Yankees doodle dandily. This event is free.

Waverly Farmers’ Market

July 4th Party Prep on the Promenade
Saturday, July 4, 2015; 10 am-1 pm
at Waverly Place, corner of Tryon and Kildaire Farm Roads
During the Farmers’ Market and Local at Waverly Programs, there will be a huge dress up tent with all things Red White and Blue. Accessories, stickers, do it yourself face designs, hair spray paint and more. Entrance to the tent is available with a minimum donation of $2 to the Love Chain for InterAct of Wake County.

Olde Time Celebration

Independence Day Olde Time Celebration
Saturday, July 4, 2015; 7:30 am-3 pm
at Bond Park, 801 High House Road, Cary

Each year, Bond Park celebrates the 4th of July the old-fashioned way:

  • 8-10 am – Fishing tournament (register at 7:30 am at the boathouse)
  • 9:30-10:30 am – Decorate yourself for the parade (at the Kiwanis shelter)
  • 10:30 am – 4th of July Parade in the park
  • 11 am-3 pm – Family-friendly competitions (doughnut and watermelon eating, lakeside Olympics, watermelon seed-spitting, water balloon toss, sidewalk decorating and more)

July 4th Festival & Fireworks at Koka Booth

July 4th at Koka Booth
Saturday, July 4, 2015; 3 pm-10 pm
at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary

Right after the Olde Time Festival at Bond Park ends, this festival begins:

  • 3 pm – Gates open to blankets, lawn chairs and picnics
  • 3-7 pm – Kids activities (Ferris Wheel, Berry-Go-Round, scavenger hunt and more)
  • 4:30-6 pm – Contests (watermelon and ice cream-eating and corn-hole)
  • 5:45 pm – Cary Town Band performs on the main stage
  • 7:30 pm – NC Symphony performs on the main stage
  • Fireworks to follow concert

Outside the Beltline Concert

Hosted by the Cary Veterans of Foreign Wars
Saturday, July 4, 2015; 1-6 pm
522 Reedy Creek Road, Cary
Admission to this concert is free. It’s outside, so bring a chair.

Chatham Hill Winery

July 4th at the Winery
Saturday, July 4, 2015; 11 am-6 pm
at Chatham Hill Winery, 8245 Chapel Hill Road, Cary
Dang Good Dogs will be at Chatham Hill on Saturday from 1-4 pm to serve their famous hot dogs. Guests can enjoy drink specials, winery tours and relaxing on the deck.

Fortnight Brewery

Stars, Stripes & Pints
Saturday, July 4, 2015; 12 pm
at Fortnight Brewery, 1006 SW Maynard Road, Cary
Adults can enjoy corn hole, a home brew live demonstration and a brewery tour; kids can enjoy a fun zone with hula hoops, chalk, bubbles, basketball and more. There will be beer specials, outdoor seating and food from local restaurants. Admission is free.

Soccer Game & Cookout

RailHawks Soccer Game and Pre-Game Cookout
Saturday, July 4, 2015; Cookout at 4 pm; Game at 5 pm
at WakeMed Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary
The Carolina RailHawks soccer team has rescheduled their July 4 game against Minnesota United for 5 pm on Saturday to make sure that fans have time to make it out to local fireworks after. They’ll also have a cookout for fans right before the game in the VIP party deck with arcade games and catered food. Purchase $12 tickets for the cookout online.

Across the Triangle

The ‘Works Raleigh
Saturday, July 4, 2015; noon-11 pm
Fayetteville Street in Downtown Raleigh
This is a free Independence Day Celebration during the day with live music, beer/wine tents, kids rides and games, Aerial Performances, Cirque de Vol street performers, eating contests, food and art vendors and more. Fireworks will light up the sky over The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts starting at around 9:30 pm.

Durham Independence Day Celebration
Saturday, July 4, 2015; 6-11 pm
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell Street, Durham
Tickets are required for the 6:05 pm baseball game, but gates will open for free, general admission at the end of the 7th inning. A fireworks show will begin immediately after.

Town of Chapel Hill 4th of July Celebration
Saturday, July 4, 2015; 7-10 pm
Kenan Memorial Stadium, 104 Stadium Drive, Chapel Hill
This celebration features fireworks, food and old-fashioned family fun. There will be a live performance by Transit Vocal Band, a watermelon-eating contest and fireworks begin at 9:30 pm. $1 per person or a $5 family suggested donation.


Story from staff reports. Photo by opacity.