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July 4th Celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheatre Weather Update: with the anticipated storms, please call Booth Amphitheatre's weather hotline at (919) 459-8332 for the latest update on today's festivities, including the concert and fireworks.

Independence Eve Celebration

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

The Cary Town Band will celebrate and honor our nation's veterans in this year's Independence Eve Celebration. Speaker Deborah Tilton, a Specialist in the NC Army National Guard and decorated veteran, will answer the question, "What is a Veteran?" Musical selections will be played to honor those who have served. The band will pay special tribute to our military service personnel and their spouses past and present who have helped secure our freedom and liberty. For more, Cary Town Band or call (919) 469-4069.

Independence Day Olde Time Celebration at Bond Park

Thursday, July 4 | Activities begin at 8 a.m. | Free
Fred G. Metro Bond Park and 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!

**Weather Update, 7/4/19: Due to high temperatures and anticipated storms, Bond Park Boathouse has ended their boat rentals for the day.** 

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 (Spillway)

11 a.m.
Join us for some family-friendly competitions including: Donut eating, watermelon eating, sack race, egg and spoon race, and three-legged race. There will also , face painting! Age groups for all events are: age 5 and under, age 6-10, age 11-17, and age 18 and up. Please join us for this nostalgic celebration of our independence!

July 4th Celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Thursday, 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, and picnics
3-5:30 p.m.     DJ - music & dancing!
3-7 p.m.     Kids Activities, Ferris Wheel, and Carousel
3:30, 4:30, and 5:30 p.m.     Magic Show
4 p.m.     Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest
4:45-5:30 p.m.     Ice Cream Eating Contest
5 p.m.     Hot Dog Eating Contest
5:45 p.m.     Cary Town Band on Koka Booth Main Stage
6:50 p.m.     Paragliders and Repel Team
7:30 p.m.     NC Symphony on Koka Booth Main Stage
9 p.m.     Fireworks to follow the concert 

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: Blankets and chairs are allowed on the lawn. Staking, tarps, and tents are not permitted.

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

WakeMed Soccer Park July 4 & 5 Firework Events

North Carolina FC vs. Charlotte Independence

 July 4 | 7:30 p.m.
WakeMed Soccer Park
Post-game fireworks presented by Segra

North Carolina Courage vs. Houston Dash

 July 5 | 7:30 p.m.
WakeMed Soccer Park
Post-game fireworks presented by Segra

Complimentary vouchers to the soccer games and fireworks shows at WakeMed Soccer Park can be picked up at participating outlets beginning on June 24.  Vouchers can be redeemed for north end-line and upper deck seating at the Coastal Credit Union Box office at WakeMed Soccer Park starting June 24 through July 2 while supplies last. Complimentary locations will be unavailable after July 2. Starting on July 3, vouchers can be redeemed for any seating location in the stadium and a $10 value of the voucher will be applied to the new seat location. For more information, visit