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Independence Day Events

Independence Eve Celebration

Sunday, July 3 | Free
Cary Arts Center

Preshow with Applause! Cary Youth Theatre | 6:30 p.m.

Cary Town Band | 7:30 p.m.
This year, for the 29th Annual Patriotic Celebration, the Cary Town Band, Applause!Cary Youth Theatre and other groups will be musically saluting the American flag, its history, and the musical works it has inspired. Joined by the Concert Singers of Cary, the Town Band features John Raymond Howell’s offering of “A Salute to the Flag”, plus marches, songs, a salute to our military service personnel (past and present) and other works recalling Old Glory. 

Independence Day Olde Time Celebration

Monday, July 4 | 7:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. | Free

Fred G. Metro Bond Park, Boathouse

Join us for an old-fashioned celebration of our nation’s birth-sure to be lots of fun for the entire family!


8-10 a.m.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Boathouse. Prizes awarded for the longest and shortest fish in a variety of age groups.



9:30-10:30 a.m.

Decorate your bike, trike, stroller, wagon, scooter, battery-powered kids vehicle, or yourself and participate in a slow, kid-friendly parade through the park to celebrate our American pride. No gas powered vehicles. You are welcome to provide your own decorating supplies, come already decorated, or use our decorations while supplies last. Supplies and assistance provided by the Cary Teen Council.



10:30 a.m.

Show your American pride! Slowly walk, stroll, ride, drive, and parade through the park.



11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Join us for some family-friendly competitions including: Donut Eating, Watermelon Eating, Lake Side Olympics, Watermelon Seed Spitting, Water Balloon Toss, Sidewalk Decorating, and more!  Age groups for all events are: age 5 & under, age 6-10, age 11-17, and age 18 & up.

July 4th Celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Monday, July 4 | 3-10 p.m.
Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Patriotic performances and music combined with family-friendly activities in an atmosphere that is second to none makes the July 4th Celebration at Booth Amphitheatre an event not to be missed! As the last note fades, the celebration is capped off with a spectacular fireworks display. Kids young and old will want to take a ride on the Ferris Wheel which offers a stunning view of Symphony Lake. There will also be an array of contests, magicians, scavenger hunts, rides, and more!



3 p.m. Gates open to blankets, lawn chairs & picnics

3-7 p.m. Kids Activities, Ferris Wheel, Berry-Go-Round, scavenger hunt, and more.

4:30-6 p.m. Watermelon eating, ice cream eating and corn hole contests.

5:45 p.m. Cary Town Band on Koka Booth Main Stage

7:30 p.m. NC Symphony on Koka Booth Main Stage



Booth Amphitheatre is once again offering Crescent table seating for purchase. The price is $40 per seat and includes Lumpy’s Ice cream and preferred parking. Tickets may be purchased at the Amphitheatre Box Office or online at Please note: Tarps, blankets and chairs are allowed on the lawn. Staking and tents are not permitted.

Fireworks immediately following concert. In the event of rain, fireworks only will be held on Tuesday, July 5. 
For more information, call (919) 469-4061.