What do to around the Triangle for July 4th

What do to around the Triangle for July 4th

The Fourth of July is coming up. Here are several ideas for celebrating the Independence Day holiday in and around the Triangle.

Above, photo by Aaron Moody for the News & Observer.

The Fourth of July is coming up. That means pulling out all of your American flag clothing and getting your patriotic plans in line. Here are some ideas for how you can celebrate the holiday from the Triangle area.

If you’re in Raleigh, check out Raleigh’s annual firework display by going downtown. The event is free and gives you a chance to see fireworks, a win-win in my book.

If you don’t feel like getting out and celebrating publicly with the entire city, get some smaller firework items like sparklers and poppers from Harris Teeter and have a bonfire and BBQ with your friends. Harris Teeter and other stores have smaller items on sale for the occasion, which is too good to pass up.

Cary is having a Fourth of July celebration on July 2. Musical performances will be taking place to celebrate the day!

Eno Park has a festival the weekend of the Fourth, on July 1 and July 4. It’s a two-day festival with music and July Fourth festivities. Tickets are $18 for one day and $30 for both.

If you are feeling especially patriotic, make your way up to Washington, D.C. for a short trip to our nation’s capital. The drive is easy through some scenic hills and is only about 4.5 hours from Raleigh, which is a breeze if it means spending the long weekend in a great city.

And — as a bonus — impress your friends by pointing out the different names of the firework shapes, using our guide. (Okay, “impress” is a stretch. But it might help you win summer trivia.)


Graphic by Tim Lee for the News & Observer.

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