Garner July 3 Independence Day Celebration


Join us for an evening of fun for the whole family with a headlining performance by the North Carolina Symphony. Enjoy delicious food while the kids play in the Kids Zone featuring activities such as games and crafts. Top your evening off with the best fireworks show in the Triangle!

Gates will open at 5:00pm. Parking on site is free on a first-come, first-served basis. A free shuttle service from South Garner High School will be provided.

In preparation for our July 3rd celebration, Lake Benson Park will be closed to vehicles Thursday, June 30 - Saturday, July 2; trails and park amenities will remain open with parking across the street at White Deer Park. On Sunday, July 3rd  Lake Benson park will be closed until gates open at 5:00pm for the event and White Deer Park will be closed the entire day to both vehicles and all foot traffic.

The following are prohibited: pets, alcoholic beverages, tents/canopies, fireworks/sparklers, glass containers, grills, tailgating, drones, soliciting


  • Food Vendors
  • Kids Zone (5:00-8:00pm, free)
  • Garner Veterans Memorial Tours (5:30-7:30pm)
  • Performance by Joe Brown & the Band (5:15-7:45pm)
  • Performance by the NC Symphony (8:30pm)
  • Fireworks immediately following the symphony performance.

Shuttle Service:

  • Off-site parking will be available at South Garner High School (8228 Hebron Church Road).
  • Shuttles services are free and will begin at 5pm.
  • The last shuttle to Lake Benson Park will be at 8:45pm.
  • Shuttles will not operate during the fireworks show. Operations will resume at the conclusion of the fireworks to carry spectators back to South Garner High School.