Believe it or not, we’re in the peak of Summer and it’s officially the 4th of July weekend! This 4th is a little different, due to the pandemic, and many events in the area have been modified. However, there is still plenty going on to ensure that you and your family have a fun-filled weekend, giving you memories to last a lifetime.
Most of the annual firework displays in the Triangle have been canceled this summer but some still remain, if you’re willing to drive a bit.
- Benson is still planning on going ahead with they’re typical display and people are welcome to watch it in person. The show will start around 9:00 and should be viewable around most of the town. However, there will not be an organized gathering. The annual festivities at the Singing Grove have been canceled.
- Holly Springs will be hosting virtual fireworks on the 5th. You might be able to watch them somewhere in person but they are closing both Sugg Farm and Bass Lake Park to prevent people from gathering. Watch them virtually here!
- Roxboro will also be hosting their annual fireworks, even though the rest of its events have been canceled. The stadium will be closed for onlookers and people should remain in their cars while watching the show.
- Wake Forest is known for having an incredible firework display and this year they’re hosting it virtually. You can watch them on the 3rd, via Facebook, beginning at 9:30. Take note that they will be launch around Heritage High School and many of the businesses around the area have hired police officers to patrol their parking areas to patrons of the business only. Also, the areas surrounding the high school will be blocked off.
Other Events Taking Place in the Area
- Catch a Drive-In movie at Hubb’s Farm. While it’s about an hour south of Raleigh, this is always a fun option for the kids. Every Saturday, Hubb’s is hosting a “Good Vibes” Drive-In Movie. On the 4th, the movie Cars will be showing to families beginning at 8:45. Gates open at 7:30.
- Want to get outside and enjoy a drink? The Glass Jug Beer Lab in Durham is hosting Independence Day at the Beer Garden. There will be BBQ, beer, fresh Italian ice, and The Sandlot will be showing on their outdoor screen at 8:15. The event is from 4:00 – 11:00 and guests will be practicing social distance rules.
-No groups larger than 6 (unless your household is larger).
-Dogs and children must also follow social distancing.
-When you aren’t seated at your table, you will have to wear a mask.
-Whether at a table or on your personal blanket, parties must remain 6 feet away from one another.
- The Raleigh Road Drive-In is located north of Raleigh in Henderson and is showing both The Jungle Book (live-action) and Ghostbusters the night of the 4th. The movies start at 10:15 pm and there will be a laser show beforehand from 9:00 – 10:00. Gates open at 7:00.
- Holly Springs is hosting two events, aside from their fireworks, throughout the weekend. They are streaming a free online concert featuring Mo’Jazz on Friday the 3rd at 7:00 pm, a well as a Food Art at the Farmer’s Market contest on the 4th. Visitors can vote on their favorite piece of art while visiting the farmer’s market from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm on Saturday.
- The entire state is welcome to participate in free fishing on the 4th. What better way to get out and spend time with family while social distancing? Permits aren’t required but keep in mind that all other regulations will apply.
- Drive Through Red White and Blue will be held in downtown Apex at 10:00 am on the 4th. They will have a flag-raising ceremony at 10:00 am, followed by a decorated car processional through downtown. Those interested in the festivities are encouraged to stay home and watch it on the town’s Facebook page.
- Carrboro is hosting a 26 – mile marathon parade throughout the town at 10:00 am on the 4th. Cars will be driving throughout the town so families can stay home and watch from their yards! Then, at 12:00om, they will virtually host their annual reading of Frederick Douglass’ infamous essay: “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro”. This can be streamed online on the town’s homepage.
- Drive-Thru Fair Food Days at the N.C. State Fair and will take place on fairgrounds the 3rd – the 5th from 12:00 – 8:00. Check their Facebook page for food and pricing updates. This is a CASH ONLY event.
- One Eno – Eno Fest 2020 will be taking place virtually from the Carolina Theatre in Durham. Tune in on Friday the 3rd from 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm for both recorded and live music, a virtual craft fair, and a spotlight on local artists in the Triangle.
- The Durham Bulls are hosting a movie night on the 4th, featuring “Captain America – the First Avenger” followed by a virtual firework display. Groups of 10 or less can rent a pod on the outfield for $300.
Keep in mind that everything can be subject to change due to weather and COVID19, so we urge you to double-check on your event’s details before heading out! Whether you choose to grill out with your closest family and friends or catch an outdoor movie, we hope your 4th of July weekend is full of lasting memories and the best kind of company.
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