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Independence Day Events

Independence Day Celebrations - July 3rd & 4th

All events are free and open to the public!

Independence Eve Performances at Cary Arts Center

Thursday, July 3, 6:30 p.m.
Kick off your evening with an Independence Eve performance by the Applause! Cary Youth Theatre touring troupe, performing at 6:30 p.m. and the Cary Town Band, performing at 7:30 p.m.  

Independence Day Olde Time Celebration at Bond Park

Friday, July 4; events start at 7:30 a.m.
Fred G. Bond Metro Park

Start your Independence Day celebrations early in Bond Park on Friday, July 4th! Come join us for a parent and child Fishing Tournament. After the tournament, get prepped for the "Parade in the Park". We will march and ride to Bond Lake while showing our American Pride in the Parade in the Park.  After the Parade you can join us for fun family contests for all ages.  Awards will be given in 4 categories: 0-5 years, 6-10 years 11-17 years, and 18 years and older.  

7:30-10 a.m.  Fishing Tournament (Waterfront)
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Prizes awarded for largest and smallest length fish and other categories.  Age groups: 0-5, 6-10, 11-17, and 18 & older.

9:30-10:30 a.m. Parade Decorations (Kiwanis Shelter)
Decorate your bike, trike, stroller, wagon or stroller to show your American Pride. Please, no gas powered vehicles. Limited supplies provided. You are welcome to provide your own decorations or come already decorated.

10:30 a.m.  “Parade in the Park” (Kiwanis Shelter)
Show your American Pride!!  Join the Cary Town Band as we drive, ride or stroll and parade through the park to the Boathouse.  Awards will be given in for first, second and third place overall. Spectators of all ages are welcome to walk with your child or watch from the side. We will end at the Boathouse and Waterfront to start the remainder of the day's activities.

10:45 a.m.  Canine Talent Show (Waterfront)
Did you know dogs can read? Did you know dogs could walk on balance beams? Come watch and see what the dogs can do.

11:15 a.m. Family Contests (Waterfront)
Contests include: Donut eating, Lakeside Olympics, Watermelon Eating, Seed Spitting, Water Balloon Toss and Sidewalk Decorating. We will provide sidewalk chalk while supplies last. You are welcome to bring your own!


Sidwalk Decorating (Waterfront)
Show off your artistic talents. Use sidewalk chalk and decorate the sidewalks around the boathouse for the 4th of July. Bring your own chalk or borrow while supplies last.


July 4th Celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheatre

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

Celebrate our nation's birthday in spectacular style at Cary's Booth Amphitheatre with patriotic performances by the Cary Town Band and the North Carolina Symphony in what promises to make guests proud to be an American. Gates open at 3 p.m. so patrons can come early and spread out blankets and picnics on the Amphitheatre’s lawn. For those that want a special reserved seat, Booth Amphitheatre is once again offering four-seat tables for purchase. The price is $140 per table and includes Lumpy’s Ice cream, a Star Spangled Swirl Bread from Great Harvest Bread Company and preferred parking. Tickets may be purchased at the Amphitheatre Box Office or online at

In addition kids young and old will want to watch the boats from the Capital Model Boat Club as they set sail on Symphony Lake the fun starts at 3 p.m. If that’s not enough there will also be an Ice Cream Eating Contest sponsored by Lumpy's Ice Cream, a frozen t-shirt contest, Watermelon eating contest, magician, face painter, and more.

Patriotic performances and music combined with family-friendly activities in an atmosphere that is second to none makes the 4th of July Celebration at Booth Amphitheatre the premiere event in the Triangle. As the last note fades, Booth Amphitheatre will cap off the celebration with an incredibly spectacular fireworks display. Tarps, blankets & chairs allowed within venue gates; staking and tents are not permitted. Concert is FREE and open to the public.

3 p.m. • Gates Open to Blankets, Lawn Chairs & Picnics
3 - 7 p.m. • Kids Activities – Video Gaming Truck, Magician, Face Painters and more • Open to All
3 p.m. • Model Boat Regatta on Symphony Lake
4:30 p.m. • Frozen T-Shirt Contest
5:00 p.m. Watermelon Eating Contest
5:30 p.m. • Lumpy’s Ice Cream Eating Contest
5:45 p.m. • Cary Town Band • Main Stage
7:30 p.m. • NC Symphony • Main Stage

Fireworks immediately following concert. In the event of rain, fireworks only will be held on Saturday, July 5.

For more, call (919) 469-4061.