Happy Independence Day and Thanks to our service men and women!

Get out and celebrate! A variety of events, races, parades and other activities highlight area Fourth of July festivities. Here’s a roundup of local events:

Apex

▪ The annual Olde Fashioned Fourth of July celebration is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, July 4, in downtown Apex. Activities include a water slide, face painting, karaoke contest, games, climbing wall, barbecue and more. Children ages 12 and under can participate in Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels at noon on Salem Street. Participants can decorate a bike, wagon, tricycle or other non-motorized vehicle in patriotic colors. Helmets required.

Festivities end with the Fire Department Splash Down, which involves a fire hose and water, so yes, you will get wet if you participate. No dogs. Parking is available in the lot on Saunders Street, at Town Hall and Apex Community Center, and along side streets near Salem Street. Do not park on private property or block driveways or fire hydrants. Rain or shine. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/1dlgzkl.

▪ Fishing is free from 9 a.m. to noon on the Fourth of July at Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill. No fishing license or registration required. Fishing rods will be available and park staff will provide basic instruction or other assistance. Bring your favorite bait. For all ages. Meet at the Fishing Pond. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information: 919-387-4342, bit.ly/213kQMG.

Cary

▪ The Third of July: Get the party started! Fourth of July festivities begin a day early in Cary with the town’s free annual musical Patriotic Celebration Sunday, July 3, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Applause! Cary Youth Theatre will perform at 6:30 p.m. and the Cary Town Band, joined by the Concert Singers of Cary, will perform at 7:30 p.m. For more information: 919-469-4069, bit.ly/1Kd2GmX.

▪ On the Fourth of July, holiday activities get under way with the town’s annual Olde Time Celebration from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road. Free. A fishing tournament, parade, eating contests and more will be featured. For more information, go to bit.ly/1Kd2GmX.

▪ Later on the Fourth, activities in Cary continue from 3-7:30 p.m. at Koka Booth Amphitheater with the town’s July Fourth celebration at the amphitheater, 8003 Regency Parkway. Family friendly activities are planned as well as patriotic performances and music. The event will feature a Ferris wheel, contests, magicians, scavenger hunts, eating contests and more. The Cary Town Band will perform at 5:45p.m. Picnics, wine and beer, lawn chairs and blankets are allowed. No pets. Concession stands will be open. Free admission. Reserved table seating available for $40 per person and may be purchased at the amphitheater box office.

There will be a performance at 7:30 p.m. by the North Carolina Symphony. The program will feature patriotic favorites and classics, including selections from that perennial Fourth favorite Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” David Glover will conduct. Guest vocalist is Scott MacLeod. Fireworks will follow at dark. Rain date for fireworks is Tuesday, July 5. For more information: 919-469-4061, bit.ly/1Yxv4Gi, boothamphitheatre.com, bit.ly/28MKkfs.

Fuquay-Varina

▪ The Third of July: Festivities get an early start at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at South Park, 900 S. Main St. The event will feature food vendors, music, inflatables, rides and more. The band Spare Change will perform at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Coolers allowed; no alcohol. No pets. Free admission. Fireworks will follow at dark. For more information, go to bit.ly/1IhTY5a.

Holly Springs

▪ The Capital City Cycling Club’s annual Firecracker Ride begins at 8 a.m. Monday, July 4, at Carolina Brewing Co., 140 Thomas Mill Road, Holly Springs. The event, which features 50k and 100k bike routes, is a fundraiser for the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/28JLMkU.

▪ The Fifth of July: One more day to celebrate! Holly Springs holds its annual Independence Day festivities from 5-9:30 p.m. July 5, at Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave. The event will feature food vendors, live music, inflatables, face painting, games, kids crafts, potato sack races and more. Friendly, leashed pets allowed. Free admission. No sparklers or other personal fireworks allowed. For more information and a parking map, go to bit.ly/28L4ggD.

Morrisville

▪ The Third of July: Why wait? Morrisville celebrates the Fourth of July a day early with a food truck rally and music beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Parkway. Fireworks will follow at dark. Lawn chairs, blankets and snacks allowed; no alcohol or glass containers. Free admission. Only handicapped-accessible parking inside the park. Other parking available at Morrisville Elementary School. Arrive early: The lot will close when full. Rain date: Tuesday, July 5. For information: bit.ly/28LdmuH.

▪ On the Fourth of July, the Morrisville Fire Department serves up a community pancake breakfast from 8-9:45 a.m. at Fire Station 1, 200 Town Hall Drive. Pancakes, sausage and orange juice will be served. Advance tickets: $4 adults and $2 children; $1 more on the Fourth. bit.ly/28PBZWh

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/cary-news/cn-community/article85842027.html#storylink=cpy
News and Observer file photo JOHN ROTTET

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