Raleigh Fireworks For the 4th of July

July, 02, 2009 , by David

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Parks & Recreation has organized a full day of fun at the fair grounds. See Below the release from the city.  If you are just headed out for fireworks- they start at 9:30.  You can go to the Fairgrounds - but you can also see them from Hillsborough Street, 440 and much of the surrounding area.

The City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department in collaboration with the North Carolina State Fairgrounds presents the 2009 July 4th Celebration on Saturday, July 4th at the NC State Fairgrounds.  Admission, parking, and activities are free of charge.
This year’s activities are provided by Raleigh Parks and Recreation beginning at 5:00 pm and ending at 8:30 pm.  Activities include sports, Independence Day Hat-Making activity, arts, dance instruction, Nature Program, Adventure Program, Taiko Japanese drumming performance, Holiday Express expo, Raleigh Police & Fire displays, Dorton Arena’s giant obstacle course, Design a Park activity,  Wii games, contests, scavenger hunt and bingo. The “Got to be NC Watermelon Cutting” provided by NC Watermelon Association will begin at 5 pm at the July 4th Celebration and continue while supplies last.
The grand scale fireworks show will start at 9:15 pm. Food vendors will be on-site.

All activities are held rain or shine on July 4th from 5:00 pm-8:30 pm.  In the event of inclement weather on July 4th, only the fireworks will be held on July 5th at 9:15 pm.

Accessible parking and general public parking is available in Gate 4 & Gates 9.  Free parking in Fairgrounds lots near Gate 9 Trinity Road and Gate 4 Youth Center Road.  Handicap parking access through Gate 9 on Trinity Road.

Pets are not allowed inside the event area. No alcohol and no coolers allowed.

Event sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.  Special thanks to City of Raleigh Police Department, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, NC Highway Patrol, NC Department of Transportation, NC State Fairgrounds Security Office and Event Staff.

Other activities at the NC State Fairgrounds include The Raleigh Flea Market, Sat & Sun 9am-6pm, The Raleigh Jaycees Turkey Shoot from 5pm-8pm, activity fee is charged, The 2009 National Mustang Car Show will be held Fri & Sat from 8am-5pm, and Sun from 8am-4pm in the Kerr Scott Building.  No admission charged for spectators.  For more information on these events, please contact the NC State Fairgrounds at 919-821-7400 or visit ncstatefair.org.  The NC State Fairgrounds is located at 1025 Blue Ridge Boulevard,








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  • beth neel
    07/03 10:25 AM

    Anyone know a good ‘spot’ to view the fireworks but not actually “go” to the fairgrounds?

  • Joe Seale
    07/03 11:33 AM

    If the JC Raulston Arboretum were open it’d be a perfect place to watch.

    You may be able to see well from the hills at the NCMA walking trail.

  • skip
    07/03 11:52 AM

    One rainy and humid July 4th we went to the Clarion’s bar which is on top of the hotel. We not only saw the Raleigh fireworks, we also saw Garner’s and could see Cary’s faintly on the horizon. All that and liquor too!

  • Phillo
    07/03 07:20 PM

    Echoing skip,  we find a westward facing parking deck in downtown and watch all of the displays and then head back to the bar. 
     
    No driving and no traffic.  You can’t beat it.

  • DPK
    07/04 09:44 AM

    You could try the top level of Dan Allen parking deck on the west side of NCSU’s campus.  It’s probably the closest deck available to the fairgrounds outside of downtown proper.

  • Jim
    07/06 11:22 AM

    One would think that especially when city plaza opens, Raleigh will move the fireworks downtown.

  • myk
    07/07 11:20 AM

    skip - when was this?  for at least the past 10 years (maybe longer) Garner has had their fireworks on the 3rd of July.  Its a great show and by having it on the 3rd, they get to ‘borrow’ the NC Symphony from Cary.

  • skip
    07/07 01:09 PM

    It was more than ten years ago and it is possible that it could have been Apex or some other community fireworks display. There were three distinct displays though.

  • KK
    06/28 01:04 PM

    As a kid we would always go to the art museum to watch the fireworks.  I’d imagine with the new park there’s a lot more space to sprawl out and enjoy the show.

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