Things to Do for the Fourth of July in Raleigh

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Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and fireworks! But with the country beginning to emerge from the worst of it, some celebrations are returning in the area. Read on to see what’s happening around Raleigh this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.

Go to a Baseball Game

As the ultimate American pastime, baseball pairs perfectly with Independence Day! And Raleigh’s team, the Bulls, just happen to be playing the Gwinnett Stripers all Fourth of July weekend. Games typically start around 6 pm each day and you can get tickets here. Thursday the 1st is “Beats, Brews & Baseball” and Friday the 2nd will feature a post-game firework show. Stay tuned for if they plan anything special during the games on Saturday and Sunday.


The 42nd Annual EnoFest is returning this year! If you haven’t heard of the Eno River Association, they’re a non-profit organization that works to protect the environment, wildlife habitats, and natural resources of the Eno River Basin. And they know how to throw a good party! The event will kick off on Friday with a free virtual concert, before moving to an in-person, ticketed festival over the weekend. The festival will be located in the Eno City Park and will include live entertainment (over 40 bands), food and drinks (including food trucks), craft vendors (over 60 local makers), art, dance, and fun! Tickets are under $50 with discounted two-day passes and discounts for children. Proceeds go to helping support the organization’s environmental work.

Lake Johnson Park

A laid-back day barbequing with family and friends is one of the best ways to spend the Fourth of July, and if you’re looking for a public park to host a BBQ, check out Lake Johnson Park. It has picnic facilities you can rent, BBQ grills, and plenty of shady spots to lay out some picnic blankets. There’s also enough to do here to spend a whole festive Fourth of July, such as:

·   Hammock posts for a post-meal nap

·   A lake with boat rentals and fishing

·   Over 5 miles of walking trails, plus a “fitness trail”, where you can burn off the calories from those hot dogs

·   Wildlife viewing (it’s a nature preserve)

·   A swimming pool

Laser Light Show

On both evenings of Fourth of July weekend, there will be a free, socially distanced laser light show at the Durham County Memorial Stadium. You can watch the show either from within your car or bring a lawn chair and sit in the marked space directly in front of your vehicle. Make sure you register ahead to secure a parking space!

Knightdale Community Pool

Cooling off in the water is the perfect way to spend a sweltering Fourth of July, and luckily, Raleigh has public pools where you can do just that! Knightdale Community Pool is a great one to check out, and will be open on Sunday the 4th from 12 to 6 pm. Admission for folks 13 and up is $5 for residents and $6 for non-residents, or you can also buy a summer pass.

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