When: Sun., July 4 2010
Fire department-approved venues—Did you know that the U.S. has 11 cities named Independence? There's also five Freedoms, five Americas and one Patriot. But is there a city called USA! USA! USA!? Here's where you can find the fireworks:
Raleigh: Raleigh's Parks and Recreation and the N.C. State Fair are providing free activities at the State Fairgrounds beginning at 5 p.m., culminating in the 9:15 p.m. fireworks. Food vendors, a scavenger hunt, dance instruction, bingo, Japanese drumming performers, a giant obstacle course in Dorton Arena and other fun stuff available. Visit www.ncstatefair.org.
Cary: Enjoy family fun at Koka Booth Amphitheatre with an ice cream-eating contest and a Free Kids Fun Zone with a slide and water tag from 3–7 p.m. The N.C. Symphony plays at 7:30 with the fireworks display to follow. Lawn seating is free. Visit www.boothamphitheatre.com.
Durham: At American Tobacco, the Red, White, Blues and Bluegrass concert begins at 4 p.m. and features Bethesda Bluegrass Band, Mandolin Orange and Triple Fret. Then watch the Durham Bulls play the Gwinnett Braves. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the fireworks go off after the last out. Visit www.durhambulls.com.
Chapel Hill: Kenan Memorial Stadium provides the fireworks once again. N.C. band Big Sam will jam for attendees at 8 p.m. before the 9:30 fireworks display. Gates open at 7 p.m. with "Juggle Boy" and local magicians baffling the crowd. Visit www.townofchapelhill.org. —Belem Destefani