Celebrate Independence Day with a bang in the Raleigh area! From fireworks and live music to American history, here are family-friendly events sure to bring out your patriotic side.

The Carolina Mudcats will be kicking off July with a full week of home games (July 1-7). Celebrate Independence Day with the Mudcats and you'll enjoy "the best fireworks show in Eastern N.C." that follows the game.

Wake Forest is throwing its 43rd annual Fourth of July Celebration, filled with fireworks, games and live entertainment. The event kicks off with a fireworks spectacular on July 3 at Wake Forest High School Stadium and ends on July 4 with a children's parade and more.

Grab a blanket and head to Garner's Lake Benson Park on July 3 for an evening of patriotic entertainment. The Independence Day Celebration starts at 5pm and features games for kids and local food and beverage offerings. The North Carolina Symphony will play a rousing patriotic program at 8:30pm, followed by fireworks. Admission is free.

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Fuquay-Varina will host its Independence Day Celebration featuring food vendors, musical acts and a fireworks display on July 3. Gates open at 6pm.

The Morrisville Annual July 3rd Fireworks Display will be held at Morrisville Community Park from 6:30-10pm. Bring a chair and cash for a tasty treat from a local food truck. Admission is free.

Sip great wine, try a Wine Slushy and hang out on the deck at Red, White & Boom!Chatham Hill Winery and Event Venue's July 4 celebration, from 11am-5pm. 

Check out Apex’s Olde Fashioned 4th of July from 9am-1pm. Street performers, karaoke, carnival games and a climbing wall are sure to entertain. 

Relax under the pines at Cary's Koka Booth Amphitheatre for Summerfest: Independence Day, presented by the North Carolina Symphony. Bring the kids and enjoy patriotic favorites, high-spirited classics and fireworks from 7:30-9:30pm.

Downtown Raleigh will host the city's Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza, The 'Works! Join in on the Independence Day Celebration during the day with live music, a beer/wine tent, kids rides and games, Circus Maximus, street performers, eating contests, food and art vendors, picnic on Fayetteville St. and more. Fireworks will light up the sky over the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts starting around 9:30pm. Admission is free.

Fireworks over Raleigh

Take a trip back in time at the Joel Lane Museum House, also known as “The Birthplace of Raleigh,” at the 25th annual Independence Day Open House on July 4. Historians will be on-site and kids can participate in hands-on activities like making rag dolls and old-fashioned crafts. Admission is free from 11am-4pm.

Brier Creek's 9th Annual Independence Day Celebration begins on July 4 at 5pm at the Brier Creek Commons with the "Show Us Your Stripes Block Party," featuring bounce houses, face painting and fireworks after dark. 

Join the town of Holly Springs for the July 5th Celebration, a traditional celebration of America's birthday at Bass Lake Park. Admission is free and pets are allowed on a leash. There will be field day-style competitions, food, crafts and a fireworks display beginning at 9:15pm. Parking is available at Sugg Farm.

Knightdale's Third Annual July 4th Celebration will take place on July 4 at 5pm at Knightdale Station Park. Enjoy food trucks, vendors, kid-friendly activities and a free performance by The Embers. 

Garner Independence Day Celebration photo: Chris Short