Raleigh’s The Works! – Downtown Raleigh hosts of the city’s Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza. This is a Free event. Enjoy food and art vendors, a kids’ zone with rides and a water area, fire spinners, partner acrobatics, stilt walkers and more. Sportbike freestyle and Red Bull athlete Aaron Colton will perform multiple shows on Fayetteville Street. Fireworks displays include the Fayetteville Street Show at 9:15 p.m. and the Red Hat Amphitheater Show at 10:15 p.m. Free. Noon-11 p.m. Downtown Raleigh at Fayetteville Street and the Red Hat Amphitheater. raleighconvention.com/works.
Wake Forest Fourth of July Children’s Parade – Kids ride on a bike or in a wagon for a walking parade. (Helmets required for cyclists.) The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. (line up at 10 a.m.) on N. Main Street and W. Juniper Avenue and ends at Holding Park, where games and activities await families at 11 a.m. Free. Wake Forest. 919-556-4436. wakeforestnc.gov/july4.aspx.
Wake Forest Fourth of July Celebration – Fireworks, games, live entertainment and more. Now in its 41st year, Wake Forest’s Independence Day celebration is one of our area’s most eagerly-anticipated summer-time events serving up two days-worth of fun and excitement for the entire family. $5; ages 6 and younger free. Gates open a 5 p.m. Wake Forest-Rolesville High School, 420 W. Stadium Dr., Wake Forest. 919-556-4436. wakeforestnc.gov/july4.aspx.