Independence Day Events and Celebrations in the Triangle


Looking for fun Independence Day Events, Celebrations and Fireworks?

The ‘Works July 4th – downtown Raleigh

July 4, 12-Noon to 11:00 PM with Fireworks to start at 9:30 PM

35th Annual Festival for the Eno – Durham City Park

July 4 & 5, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Holly Springs Independence Day Celebration – Sugg Farm Park

July 5, 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM, Fireworks to begin at 9:15 PM

Independence Day Olde Time Celebration – Bond Park

July 4, 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Jammin’ Jazz 4th of July – American Tobacco Amphitheater

July 4, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fireworks after the show

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24th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Bond Park in Cary


Saturday March 28th 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Children 10 years of age and under are invited to the Town of Cary’s 24th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Bond Park in Cary. This event features 3 hunt areas, each for a different age group. Morning and afternoon sessions will be available for this event. After scouting the field for thousands of candy and toy eggs, join the Sandbox Band at Sertoma Amphitheatre. Sandbox is a local kids and family music band specializing in music for children of all ages. Bring your own Easter Basket and come early for good parking!  Rain date is Sunday, March 29th. For more information, call (919) 469-4100.

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Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Bond Park in Cary!

Saturday March 28th 8:30-9:30 a.m.


Fred G. Bond Metro Park, Kiwanis Shelter

The Cary Teen Council sponsors Breakfast with the Bunny prior to Cary’s morning Easter Egg Hunt! A delicious continental breakfast will be served and the Easter Bunny will be available for pictures/ videos. You must purchase tickets in advance as there will be no tickets sold the morning of the breakfast.

Breakfast with the Bunny will be held at the Kiwanis Shelter unless it rains, in which case it will be moved inside to the Senior Center Ballroom. For more information call (919) 460-4965

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Happy Summer!


June 21 marks the summer solstice and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

How long will your day be? That depends on the latitude of your location (the farther north of the equator, the longer your day). In Los Angeles the sun will rise at 5:41 a.m. and set at 8:07 p.m. In New York City the sun will rise at 5:24 a.m. and set at 8:30 p.m.

On June 21 at the equator, there will be 12 hours of daylight. At the North Pole, there will be 24 hours of daylight, while at the South Pole, there will be 24 hours of darkness.

The word solstice is derived from Latin and means the “sun stands still.” It refers to how the sun, for a few days, appears to rise and set at the same location and hover at the same spot at noontime during the solstice.

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FREE (or nearly free) Summer Concerts in the Triangle


Toasts and Tunes Concert Series
Free concerts for all ages held at Cloer Family Vineyards on Saturdays monthly stretching to November. These are outdoor concerts, and wine will be sold by the glass and bottle (no outside alcohol permitted). Feel free to bring lawn chairs and picnics. Visit the event page for more information.

Concert Series at the Historic Train Depot and Apex Nature Park Amphitheater – Free
Outdoor concerts at the Historic Train Depot in Apex and concerts on the campus between Town Hall and the Community Center as well as the New Nature Park Amphitheater (2600 Evans Road). Performances include brass, country, big band, rock and roll, beach, bluegrass, reggae and jazz. Bring your chair and blanket for an evening of outside entertainment for the whole family! No alcohol or pets allowed. Visit for upcoming shows.

Triangle Brass Band with the Triangle Brass Soundsport Team
Free concert Sat., Jun. 28 at 7 p.m. at Apex Nature Park Amphitheatre, 2600 Evans Road. Kickstart your 4th of July week festivities with the Triangle Brass Band as they present an outdoor concert of patriotic and festive tunes to celebrate Independence Day. Bring your chairs, blankets and picnics and enjoy a summer outdoor evening at our newest music venue!

Downtown Performers Series
Bring a picnic, sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh air as the best local performers entertain you. All performances are free and take place on the Downtown Performance Green at the corner of Academy Street and Kildaire Farm Road across from the Cary Arts Center. Concerts are on June 14 and July 12 and begin at 7 p.m.

Starlight Concert Series
Enjoy free concerts at 7 p.m. on select Fridays — June 13 and 27 and July 11 and 25 — featuring eclectic local and regional groups at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center Garden. Food and lawn chairs are permitted.
Please leave pets and alcoholic beverages at home. Call 919-460-4963 or visit the website for details.

Sertoma Series
Enjoy free outdoor concerts May-August at varying times and PineCone Series concerts May 10, June 14, July 12 and August 9 at 6 p.m. Both concert series take place in Bond Park (801 High House Road) at the Sertoma Amphitheatre. Call 919-469-4069 for more information about those performances or visit the Town of Cary’s website and search for Sertoma Series.

Seven O’Clock Rock Series
Take time to strut your stuff on the streets of Cary! A block party experience in Downtown Cary will find the streets closed off, merchants open late, good food and the opportunity to enjoy great music with friends and neighbors. Free dance lessons are offered prior to the start of the concert so you can cut a rug on the street! All performances are free and take place at the intersection of Academy Street and Chatham Street. Artists perform on Fridays June 6 and 20 and July 18 and begin at 7 p.m.

HobNob Jazz Series
Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre on Wednesday nights in May to early June. Picnics and pets on leashes are allowed; alcohol is not. Visit Booth Amphitheatre’s webpage for more information.

Wind Down Wednesdays at Waverly Place
Don’t miss free concerts and family entertainment on the promenade every Wednesday night May 28 through July 30, 6-9 p.m. Coolers are not permitted. Visit Waverly Place’s website for details.

Wild Card Wednesday at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre
Local artists, chosen by Booth Amphitheatre’s Facebook fans, will be featured every Wednesday night in July from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each night will highlight a different musical genre: reggae, blues, salsa and country. Tickets are $5 per show (or $20 for all five shows) and children 12 and under are free. Picnics, lawn chairs, cameras and pets on leahes are allowed, and the venue concession stands will be open. See the Booth Amphitheatre’s website for details.

*On Friday, July 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Booth Amphitheatre, the North Carolina Symphony will be performing a free Independence Day concert.*

Chapel Hill
Carolina Inn’s Fridays on the Front Porch
Enjoy free live music every Friday through Oct. 3, 5-8 p.m. Food, beer and wine will be offered. Visit Carolina Inn’s website for more details.

Live and Local! Music and Art Series
At the Plaza at 140 Franklin St. in Downtown Chapel Hill, free concerts will play from April through June. Most concerts begin at 6 p.m. and last until 9 p.m. See the Plaza’s website for lineups and details.

Locally Grown Music & Movies Series
This free live concert and movie series takes place on top of Rosemary Street’s Wallace Plaza every Thursday, June 27-Aug. 29, at 8 p.m. Visit Locally Grown’s schedule for details.

Music Maker’s Roots and Leaves Series
Listen to free blues and Southern traditional music every Friday night in June at 6 p.m. on the Village Green at Southern Village. For details, visit Music Maker’s website.

Southern Village Sunday Night Outdoor Music Series
Enjoy free Sunday concerts on the Village Green at 6 p.m. through Oct. 13. To learn more, visit Southern Village’s website.

*On Sunday, June 8, the North Carolina Symphony will be playing Beethoven’s Fifth in a free concert on the Village Green, Southern Village, Chapel Hill.*

Clayton Town Square Concerts Series
Attend free concerts May 29, June 18, July 17, Aug. 21 and Sept. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Clayton Town Square at 110 W. Main St. Enjoy merchandise and gift card giveaways along with other surprises. Visit Downtown Clayton’s website for details.

Concerts at the Crossroads
Free admission to concerts from 6-9 p.m. Upcoming concerts are June 12, July 10, August 14 and September 4. Beer and wine are available for purchase. The venue is at the corner of N.C. Hwy 42 East and Buffalo Road hosted by Flowers Plantation. See their website.

Duke Performances 2013: Music in the Gardens
Listen to regional indie rock and folk groups in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on select Wednesdays June 5-July 31. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and concerts start at 7 p.m. Chairs and picnics are allowed. $15 tickets for age 30 and under and $10 for Duke students. For dates and to order tickets, visit Duke Performances online.

Blues on the Plaza
Northgate Mall, in association with the Triangle Blues Society, is pleased to inaugurate a free four-part outdoor blues series. The artists will be featured the last four Fridays in May: May 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. outdoors on the Plaza between entrances 2 and 4 at Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Boulevard, Durham.

Center Stage at American Tobacco Concert Series
Enjoy free Friday concerts, 6-9 p.m., on the American Tobacco Amphitheater May 29, June 12, June 26, July 31, Aug. 14, Aug. 28 and Sep. 4. Picnics and coolers are welcome-no glass. Visit the events calendar at the Tobacco Campus’s website.

The Streets at Southpoint’s Music on Main
Listen to free concerts featuring adult contemporary, beach and light jazz music at Cinema Circle (across from South Point Cinemas) Saturdays through Oct. 4, 6-9 p.m. Visit South Point’s online events page for the schedule.

Rock the Park Movie and Concert Series
Enjoy this free movie and concert series on select Saturdays in July and August, 6-8 p.m., at various Durham parks. Food vendors will be available. To view the schedule, visit Rock the Park’s webpage.

Warehouse Blues Concert Series
Free concert on Friday, July 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Durham Central Park as a part of the Warehouse Blues Series. See the event’s page on Facebook.

Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Concert
This free concert on Thursday, June 5, kicks off the Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival and features Spare Change playing classic rock, country and funk with a little beach music thrown in. This is an outdoor venue so please bring a lawn chair for seating. Coolers are fine but no alcohol, please. No dogs are allowed in the event area.

Downtown Sounds
Listen to free live music May 8 and 29 and June 12 and 26 from 6-9 p.m. on the back lawn of the Garner Performing Arts Center. Bring chairs or blankets, but coolers and pets are not permitted. For the performance schedule, see Garner’s website.

*On Thursday, July 3, at Lake Benson Park at 8:30 p.m., the North Carolina Symphony will be performing a free Independence Day concert.*

Holly Springs
Summer at the Springs
Free outdoor concerts take place on the second and fourth Fridays June-August, 7-9 p.m., at the Holly Springs Cultural Center. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be moved to Holly Springs Cultural Center’s indoor theater. For details, visit Holly Springs’ Cultural Center webpage.

LIVE in The District Music Series
Take the family for free music every Thursday from 6-8:30 p.m. through Oct. 10 at Park West Village, 1608 Market Center Dr. Visit Park West Village’s website for details.

Midtown Beach Music Series
Enjoy free music performed by popular beach bands like The Embers, Liquid Pleasure and the Fantastic Shakers on the Commons at North Hills on Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. Learn more at North Hills’ website.

Music in the Valley
Enjoy free live music Wednesdays in May, 6-9 p.m., at Crabtree Valley Mall on the patio. Enjoy food and drink specials during performances. Learn more at Crabtree Valley’s website.

Oak City 7
This new free concert series continues every other Thursday May 29-Aug. 21, 6-9:30 p.m., in downtown Raleigh’s City Plaza on Fayetteville Street. The concerts feature local and regional bands playing Americana, indie rock, folk rock and bluegrass music. Food trucks will be present, and local and craft beers will be avalable. Picnics with no outside alcohol, leashed pets, lawn and tailgaiting chairs are permitted. All ages are welcome. See Oak City 7’s website for more details.

Pickin’ in the Plaza
Raleigh’s new bluegrass concert series features free shows that will complement Oak City 7 and help meet Raleigh’s growing demand for live music. All shows start at 5 p.m. and last until 10:30 p.m. in Raleigh City Plaza, Fayetteville. The events feature free live music, local food trucks and local beers. Events are every Thursday from Memorial Day to Labor Day (excluding July 3).

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Remembering Our Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day


We celebrate Memorial Day as a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s military service. This is in contrast to Veterans Day, when we honor all who have served in the U.S. military.

This year, the Arlington National Cemetery commemorates 150 years as a national cemetery and will host a series of events from May through June to honor the traditions, remember the sacrifice and explore the history of the cemetery.

In honor of Memorial Day, all Americans are encouraged to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time for a moment of silence to remember those who have died in service to the nation.

American Celebration……and all that Jazz!
Sunday, May 25th, 2014
Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Jazz is America’s quintessential musical art form. Triangle Wind Ensemble celebrates the Memorial Day weekend with a concert of jazz and patriotic favorites, featuring the Triangle’s own nationally-known jazz trumpeter, Jim Ketch. Ketch will be featuring solos by Clifford Brown, Guy Wood and Duke Ellington. The Triangle Wind Ensemble will play a variety of jazz styles arranged for our “big band,” along with patriotic works that honor our veterans on this special holiday weekend. This is a concert to please and inspire all ages so bring a picnic and enjoy the show!

Gates Open: 5:30pm
Show Starts: 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: Lawn – $16 for adults; $13 for students, active duty military with ID and seniors (ages 62+). Kids 12 and under free on the lawn

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North Carolina Symphony SUMMERFEST Series



Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Full Schedule:

SAT, MAY 24 | 7:30PM, Opening Night: Beethoven’s 5th
Lawn Price – $28 in advance; $30 day of show, Table Price – $30 in advance; $32 day of show

SAT, MAY 31 | 7:30PM, Carmina Burana
Lawn Price – $28 in advance; $30 day of show, Table Price – $30 in advance; $32 day of show

FRI, JUNE 6 | 7:30PM , The Music of John Williams
Lawn Price – $33 in advance; $35 day of show, Table Price – $35 in advance; $37 day of show

SAT, JUNE 7 | 7:30PM, Broadway Romance
Lawn Price – $28 in advance; $30 day of show, Table Price – $30 in advance; $32 day of show

SAT, JUNE 14 | 7:30PM, Cirque de la Symphonie
Lawn Price – $33 in advance; $35 day of show, Table Price – $35 in advance; $37 day of show

FRI/SAT, JUNE 20-21 | 7:30PM, Mozart Festival
Lawn Price – $28 in advance; $30 day of show, Table Price – $30 in advance; $32 day of show

SAT, JUNE 28 | 7:30PM, Legends of Beach, with members of The North Tower Band

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