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July Fourth Travel

If you're thinking about heading out of town for Independence Day, you're not alone! According to AAA of the Carolinas, a record-breaking 1,312,500 North Carolinians will travel 50 miles or more for the holiday. 

  • 1,156,100 North Carolinians will drive
  • 101,426 North Carolinians will fly 
  • 39,146 North Carolinians will use other modes of transportation such as cruises, trains and buses.
July Fourth Fun Facts
  • John Hancock was the only person to sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
  • The first Independence Day celebration took place in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776. This was the first day that the Declaration of Independence was read in public.
  • The White House held its first July Fourth party in 1801.
  • On July Fourth, approximately 150 million hot dogs are consumed.
  • Every July Fourth, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped 13 times to represent the 13 original colonies.
  • The US spends approximately  $190 million on fireworks that are imported from China.
  • 16,000 fireworks displays are held each Fourth of July.
  • The first firework display was in Philadelphia in 1777 with 13 cannons.
  • The Fourth of July was not declared a federal holiday until 1938.
  • Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks display in New York City is the largest in the U.S.
  • The traditional food we think of for the holiday is hot dogs and hamburgers, but the founding fathers ate turtle soup.
  • The first Independence Day west of the Mississippi was celebrated by Lewis and Clark in 1805.


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Fireworks Across NC

Charlotte region:


Fourth of July Celebration at the U.S. National Whitewater Center is a two day festival with live music, entertainment and a firework display taking place on July 3, 2018 9:00 a.m. - July 4, 2018 10:00 p.m.


BB&T Ballpark game and fireworks - Team USA to take on Japan on July 3. After the game, the Knights will host a post-game fireworks show. Game starts at 6 p.m.


Celebrate America Fireworks Show at Carowinds - Carowinds will celebrate the Fourth of July above the Carolina state line with its annual fireworks celebration show. The show is set to start at 9:30 p.m. 


Charlotte Star Spangled Spectacular at American Legion Memorial Stadium - Memorial Stadium will host what they are calling the biggest fireworks show in Charlotte. Doors open at Memorial Stadium at 6:00 p.m. on July 3. 


Celebrate America! at Symphony Park - Join the Charlotte Symphony for a salute to America with a night of patriotic favorites all topped off by a spectacular fireworks finale.


Bojangles' Summer Shootout with fireworks - On July 3, enjoy fireworks on the track in a Fourth of July festival. The fun continues with an autograph session and a fireworks show after Legend Cars and Bandoleros heat up the frontstretch quarter-mile.


Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks - The annual Lincolnton celebration kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with the Kid's Play Zone. The parade starts at 8:30 p.m. All are welcome to view the fireworks at the LHS football stadium. 


Fireworks at Lowes YMCA will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will have live music, entertainment and fireworks at dark on July 3, 2018. It is suggested that you bring a blanket or chairs to sit on to watch and enjoy the fireworks show.

Rock Hill

Red, White, & Boom!, Rock Hill - One of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations in the area takes place in Old Town Rock Hill. Red White and Boom takes place on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, starting at 5:30 p.m.


2018 City of Statesville Fireworks Celebration - The 2018 City of Statesville Fireworks Celebration will be launching from the Signal Hill Mountain Bike Trail area (same launch location as last year). Launch time is at 9:30 pm. on July 3. 

The Triangle:


Apex is hosting an Olde Fashion Fourth of July Celebration with parades, inflatables, food and fireworks in the evening. Festivities start at 9 a.m. on July 4, 2018.

Brier Creek

Brier Creek July 4th Fireworks at Brier Creek Parkway on July 4, 2018, from 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


Cary Independence Eve Celebration will be held on July 3, 2018 at Cary Town Center starting at 6:30 p.m. with live bands, food and fireworks when it begins to get dark. 

Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill Fireworks and Parade will take place on July 4,2018 at Kenan Memorial Stadium at dark.


Durham Bulls baseball game will hold a fireworks show right after the baseball game to celebrate Independence Day on July 3, 2018. USA Baseball team will also host a firework show right after their game on July 4, 2018. 


The Town of Garner Independence Day Celebration will take place on July 3, 2018 with kid's activities, live music, food and fireworks in the evening and the event starts at 5:00 p.m.


Morrisville Fireworks will take place July 4, 2018 at 6 p.m. -10 p.m. in the Morrisville Community Park. They will be offering snacks and a fireworks show at dark. They suggest you bring a blanket or chair to sit on to enjoy the the fireworks show. 


Raleigh Fireworks will be taking place at the NC State Fairgrounds at 9:00 p.m.

The Triad: 


Downtown Asheboro will be hosting a fireworks show for the entire family. The event takes place on July 4, 2018 from 9 p.m. - 10 p.m.


Fun Fourth Festival in downtown Greensboro is a festival of live music, food, activities for children and fireworks that will take place in the evening leading up to the night. It is the city's most patriotic event of the year. Occurs both July 3, 2018 and July 4, 2018. 

High Point

Uncle Sam Jam is a celebration of Independence Day with activities, food, live music and fireworks taking place at High Point Visitor Center on July 4, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. - Dark.


High Point-Thomasville HiToms - Celebrate Independence Day with your Hometown HiToms as they take on Martinsville. They've got fireworks, sponsored by Novant Health, and it's a Shuler Meats Dollar Night. Takes place July 4 at 7 p.m. 


Fourth of July Extravaganza - The City of Winston-Salem and the Winston-Salem Dash will present "A Dash of Independence Day" at BB&T Ballpark on Wednesday, July 4. The fun begins at 4:30 p.m. and concludes with Winston-Salem's official Fourth of July fireworks show following the Dash's 6:30 p.m. game against the Down East Wood Ducks. 


Atlantic Beach

Independence Day with Fireworks - Fireworks kick off at Atlantic Beach Circle at 9 p.m. on July 4.

Carolina Beach

Independence Day Fireworks by the Sea will take place on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. This event will have live music and fireworks on July 3, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. and fireworks will start promptly 9:00 p.m.

Emerald Isle

Fourth of July fireworks off Bogue Inlet Pier - The town will again present fireworks off Bogue Inlet Pier beginning at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4.  Parking will be available at the pier as well as along NC 58. The fireworks will also be visible from Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. 

Morehead City

Waterfront Firework show will take place July 4, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. Live bands and fireworks will take place in Jaycee Park.

New Bern

City of New Bern Fourth of July Celebration - The City of New Bern is planning an exciting July Fourth celebration. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. at Lawson Creek Park.  Arrive earlier to make it a day full of fun along the riverfront.


Ocracoke Island Independence Day Celebration! - Celebration kicks off with square dancing at the Berkley Manor Barn then dance tunes with deejay Emerald Owl Productions. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. on July 3, launched from the NPS parking lot. Gather at the NPS docks and around Silver Lake Harbor.


Croakerfest 2018 - The Pamlico County Croaker Festival is a family-friendly celebration of friends, fellowship and freedom. There will be a parade, music, vendors and fireworks. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. 


Southport has celebrated with its NC 4th of July Festival for more than 200 years now. On July 4, the festival parade begins at 11 a.m. and fireworks will take place at 9 p.m. over the Southport waterfront.


City of Wilmington Fourth of July Celebration: Downtown Wilmington Riverfront Park, fantastic firework show along the Cape Fear River on July 4, 2018 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.