Independence Day Events

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Independence Eve Celebration

Tuesday, July 3 | Free
Preshow with Applause! Cary Youth Theatre | 6:30 p.m.
Cary Town Band | 7:30 p.m.
Cary Arts Center

Known at the time as “The Great War” or “The War to End All Wars,” World War I ended on November 11, 1918, exactly 100 years ago this November. To commemorate this upcoming anniversary, the band’s 31st annual Independence Eve Celebration musically recalls the many wonderful tunes written during that war. It will feature music honoring those who served, and, of course, we’ll salute our military service personnel past and present who have helped secure our freedom and liberty through all the years. It’s a celebration you don’t want to miss as we recall The Great War. For more, Cary Town Band or call (919) 469-4069.

Independence Day Olde Time Celebration at Bond Park

Wednesday, July 4 | Activities begin at 8 a.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!

Fishing Tournament (Waterfront)

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. The Boathouse will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parade Preparations (Kiwanis Shelter)

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Decorate  yourself your family or your bike, trike, stroller, wagon, scooter or battery-powered kids vehicle, (no gas powered vehicles please) and participate in an old time, kid-friendly parade through the park to celebrate the founding of our country. The parade theme will be "American Pride"  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.

Parade In The Park

10:30 a.m.
Show your American pride! Slowly walk, stroll, ride, drive, and parade through the park. The parade begins at the Kiwanis Shelter and will be led by the marching unit of our own Cary Town Band playing a selection of classic american standards.

Family Contests (Boathouse & Spillway)

11 a.m.
Join us for some family-friendly competitions including: Donut Eating, Watermelon Eating, Lake Side Olympics, Seed Spitting, Sidewalk Decorating, and more! Age groups for all events are: age 5 & under, age 6-10, age 11-17, and age 18 & up. Please join us for this nostalgic celebration of our independence!

July 4th Celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheatre

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

Celebrate our nation’s birthday in spectacular style at Booth Amphitheatre for the area’s biggest Independence Day celebration ever. Come early and enjoy the beautiful setting and patriotic performances with the Cary Town Band and the North Carolina Symphony in what promises to make guests proud to be an American. There will be plenty of family-friendly activities all day long included rides and games, magicians and performances, ice-cream eating contests, and back by popular demand, the 50 foot Ferris Wheel!

General admission lawn seats are free to the public and tickets are not needed.

Schedule of Events

3 p.m.: Gates open to blankets, lawn chairs & picnics
3-5 p.m.: DJ Uniq
3-7 p.m.: Kids Activities, Ferris Wheel, Berry-Go-Round, & more
4:30-6 p.m.: Ice Cream eating contests
5:45 p.m.: Cary Town Band on Koka Booth Main Stage
7:30 p.m.: NC Symphony on Koka Booth Main Stage
Fireworks to follow the concert (approx. 9 p.m.)

Special Reserved Seating

Booth Amphitheatre is once again offering Crescent table seating for purchase. A limited number of 4 seat pub tables are available for purchase for $160 for the whole table. You must purchase all 4 seats. Each 4 seat table purchased will come with a free preferred parking pass, a pint of Lumpy’s Ice cream and a loaf of Star Spangled Swirl Bread from Great Harvest Bread Company.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 Thursday, July 5. For more information, call (919) 469-4061.