From Dawn’s Early Light to Twilight’s Last Gleaming, Cary’s Two-Day Independence Day Celebration Has it All
Free, family-friendly event includes 50-foot Ferris Wheel and a spectacular fireworks show
- Independence Eve Celebration takes place on July 3 at Cary Arts Center at 6:30 p.m.
- Independence Day festivities start with Town’s Old Time Celebration at Bond Park, followed by July 4th Celebration at Booth Amphitheatre.
- Fireworks to begin at dusk, approximately 9:15 p.m.
Cary, N.C. – The Town of Cary invites citizens to come out to honor America’s 241st birthday at its annual Independence Day Celebration – a jam-packed two days of revelry for the entire family on July 3-4. Free activities and events are open to the public, and take place at locations throughout Cary, beginning on Monday, July 3 at 6:30 p.m., and concluding with a spectacular fireworks show on July 4 ending around 9:30 p.m.
“We want everyone to come out and celebrate America’s Independence with two days of fanfare, food, fun, and of course fireworks! We’ve once again put together a tremendous program of educational and entertaining activities for all ages,” said Lyman Collins, Cultural Arts Manager.
The 30th annual Independence Eve Celebration at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., will focus on the document that started it all – the Declaration of Independence – and kicks off Cary’s patriotic bash at 6:30 p.m. Applause! Cary Youth Theatre will perform, followed by the Cary Town Band’s salute to our military service personnel past and present at 7:30 p.m. The band’s performance will feature tunes from the early days of the U.S.A. and other music recalling the document itself and the spirit of liberty it engendered.
On July 4, the Town’s Independence Day Olde Time Celebration starts the day’s festivities at Bond Park, 801 High House Rd.; from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- The waterfront fishing tournament will run from 8 to 10 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Bond Park Boathouse.
- Parade preparations go from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Kiwanis Shelter. Come out and decorate your bike, trike, stroller, wagon, scooter, battery-powered kid’s vehicle, or yourself and participate in a slow, kid-friendly parade through the park to celebrate American pride. No gas-powered vehicles. You are welcome to bring your own decorating supplies, come already decorated, or use our decorations while supplied last.
- The Parade in the Park begins promptly at 10:30 a.m. Once fully decorated, all vehicles take part in the parade through the park.
- Family contests will take place at the Bond Park Boathouse and Spillway starting at 11 a.m. Join us for family-friendly competitions, including donut eating, watermelon eating, lake side Olympics, watermelon seed spitting, sidewalk decorating, and more. Age groups for all events are: 5 & younger, ages 6-10, ages 11-17, and ages 18 & older.
The festivities keep on rolling in the afternoon and evening with the July 4th Celebration at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, as the public is invited to continue the celebration in an atmosphere second to none when gates open at 3 p.m. Afternoon fun, running from opening to 7 p.m., includes a 50-foot Ferris Wheel, Berry-Go-Round, scavenger hunt, face-painters, watermelon eating, ice cream eating, corn hole contests, and much more. At 5:45 p.m., the Cary Town Band will hit the stage, followed by the North Carolina Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will light up the sky immediately after the Symphony concludes. Activities are free with the exception of select amusement rides.
Seating on the lawn is free; citizens wishing for reserved seating may purchase Crescent table seating at $160 per table, which also includes ice cream, a loaf of swirl bread, and preferred parking. Tickets may be purchased at the Booth Amphitheatre Box Office or online at www.etix.com. Tarps, blankets, chairs, strollers, bags, raincoats, coolers and picnics (including beer and wine) are allowed on the lawn. No pets allowed, and grills, hula hoops, staking and tents are not permitted. Citizens with children can stop by guest services and get a special armband for their child, so if you become separated, staff can help get you back together fast.
On July 4, drivers should expect and plan for a high volume of traffic and delays in the area of Kildaire Farm Road and Tryon Road, including U.S. 1, Regency Parkway, Ederlee Drive, and Highway 64. Delays will begin around 4 p.m., with longest delays anticipated to be around 9:30 p.m.
If you plan to put on your own fireworks show at home to celebrate the Fourth of July, citizens are reminded that legal fireworks in North Carolina include snake/glow worms, smoke devices, wire sparklers, trick noisemakers, and snappers and sprays. Anything that explodes or is projected into the air – firecrackers, roman candles, bottle rockets, and aerial fireworks – is illegal. Questions about safe and legal fireworks should be directed to (919) 460-4962.
Pet owners are reminded that loud noises and bright lights from fireworks can be scary for their animals. Citizens are encouraged to bring pets indoors in advance of celebrations whenever possible. To help find dogs and cats that do run away, be sure they are microchipped and always wearing their Town of Cary Pet ID Tag.
All events are rain or shine, but in the event of inclement weather please go to the Town’s Weather Status Page, www.townofcary.org/rainout. Fireworks, if postponed, will be made up on July 5, approximately at 9:15 p.m. For more, check out “Independence Day” at www.townofcary.org or call (919) 469-4061. And for more fun in Cary, follow us on Twitter @TOC_Fun and check out our Meetings and Events Calendar at www.townofcary.org/calendar.
Sarah Preston, Operations & Programs Supervisor, Cary Arts Center, (919) 469-4069
Tracey Filomena, Program Specialist, Bond Park Community Center, (919) 462-3865
Lyman Collins, Cultural Arts Manager, (919) 462-3861
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240