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Top 30 North Carolina tourist attractions

The Triangle once again dominates the list of North Carolina’s most visited historic tourist attractions in 2016.  You don’t want to miss these!

In the top 30, four attractions are in Raleigh, with one each in Durham and Chapel Hill.

The top tourist attraction, for the third year in a row, is in Raleigh. The Biltmore in Asheville had long been at the top since the list began 13 years ago, but is no longer counted among the popular attractions because it stopped reporting attendance totals.

See:   https://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2017/03/07/top-30-north-carolina-tourist-attractions.html     for the slideshow.

The list is compiled by Carolina Publishing & Associates.

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Where to see fireworks and celebrate the 4th of July in the Triangle

Happy Independence Day to everyone!

Nearly every town in the Triangle will have a Fourth of July celebration either over the weekend or next week. From Raleigh’s big downtown celebration – The ‘Works – to Durham fireworks at the Bulls game and Cary’s celebration with the N.C. Symphony, here’s your guide to fireworks, festivals and parades across Wake, Durham, Orange, Johnston and Chatham counties.

July 4

Apex – The annual Olde Fashioned Fourth of July runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a Parade of Wheels at noon, which children 12 and under can take part in. Other activities include inflatables, karaoke and face painting. Pets are not allowed. Info: apexnc.org/532/Olde-Fashioned-Fourth-of-July.

Benson ––Benson’s July 4th Celebration takes place at Benson Singing Grove (400 E. Main St.) 5:30-9:30 p.m. There will be food, games, entertainment, live music, a raffle and fireworks. Info: 919-894-5117.

Brier Creek – The Show Us Your Stripes Block Party will take place 7 to 9 p.m. at the Brier Creek Commons Clock Tower Plaza, featuring games, bounce houses and face painting. Fireworks will start after dark. Info: shopbriercreekcommons.com/events.

Carrboro – The activities will commence at 9:30 a.m. on Weaver Street Market Lawn. A parade from Weaver Street Market to Town Hall will start at 10:50 a.m. There will be live music, a costume contest, inflatables, sack races, a water-balloon toss and bingo for seniors. Info: carrbororec.org/DocumentCenter/View/2750.

Cary – From 3 to 10 p.m., the town will have its celebration in Koka Booth Amphitheatre. There will be watermelon eating contests, a Ferris wheel, a scavenger hunt and music by the N.C. Symphony and the Cary Town Band. Fireworks will start after the symphony’s 7:30 p.m. performance. The event is free, save for some of the amusement rides and pub tables. Pets, hula hoops and weapons are prohibited. Info: boothamphitheatre.com.

Chapel Hill – Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. in Kenan Memorial Stadium on UNC’s campus. Gates open at 7 p.m. and other festivities include a watermelon eating contest, face painting, stiltwalkers and food trucks. The suggested donation to help offset costs is $1 for an individual and $5 for a family. No outside food or drink is allowed. Info: bit.ly/2seqxfb.

Cleveland – Celebrate Cleveland starts at 9 a.m. at 9046 Cleveland Road (JCC Cleveland Campus).

Clayton – Catch food vendors, raffles, basketball competitions, cornhole and inflatables at Municipal Park (325 McCullers Drive) starting at 4 p.m. Fireworks will start after dark. Live music, inflatables and rides will continue after the fireworks. Info: bit.ly/2tbFC5n.

Durham – Durham’s Independence Day Celebration, sponsored by Durham Parks and Recreation and the Durham Bulls, includes baseball, fireworks, food and fun. Fireworks happen after the game, and tickets to the game are strongly encouraged, as the gates will open during the 7th inning for general admission based on availability. Tailgating, alcohol in parking decks and watching from parking decks are prohibited. Areas where the game can be viewed outside the ballpark are Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, the grassy area behind Diamond 3, Ponysaurus and Burt’s Bees, outside of the North Deck. Info: durhamnc.gov/1008/Independence-Day-Celebration.

Additionally, the Children’s Independence Day Parade at Durham Central Park starts at 9:30 a.m. (prep), followed by fire truck tours and free popsicles. Info: bit.ly/2tN4ga6.

Kenly – The celebration starts at 8 p.m. at Kenly 95 Petro (923 Johnston Parkway). Info: 919-284-2116.

Knightdale – The band Chairman of the Board will headline the celebration, and there will be food trucks. The event begins at 5 p.m., with shuttles to the Knightdale Station Park beginning at 4. Fireworks start at 9:15 in Knightdale Station Park. Info: knightdalestation.com.

Pine Level – The celebration runs 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at Sam Godwin Recreation Park (U.S. 70-A). Info: 919-965-2284.

Raleigh – The ‘Works will have festivities from noon to 10 p.m. on Fayetteville Street and at Red Head Amphitheater. Fireworks will start around 9:30. Contests include patriotic pooch, watermelon seed spitting, ice cream eating and a hot dog eating. There will be a beer garden and live music including The Connells and DJ Dousro. Info: raleighconvention.com/works.

Selma – The 14th Annual All-American Festival takes place at Historic Selma Union Depot (500 Railroad St.) 5-10 p.m. Info: 919-975-1411.

Zebulon – There will be fireworks after the Carolina Mudcats game at Five County Stadium. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the game starting at 7. A ticket is required for the game and fireworks. Tickets start at $10. Info: carolinamudcats.com.

July 5

Holly Springs – From 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Jefferson L. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, there will be patriotic festivities including fireworks at 9:15, face painting, live music and inflatables. Friendly pets on leashes are welcome. Bringing fireworks, including sparklers, is prohibited. Info: hollyspringsnc.us/358/July-5th.

Easter Egg Hunts & Events around Raleigh – Happy Easter!

March 20th, 2016

Holly Springs Easter Eggstravaganza.  2:00-5:00pm. Holly Springs Towne Center, Holly Springs.  FREE, fun & festive Easter event with bounce houses, games, prizes, face painting, crafts & visits with the Easter Bunny.  Children 10 years & under will receive a bag of fun-filled Easter eggs.

Dino Egg Hunt. 12:30 – 5:00pm. Museum of Life & Sciences, Durham. Unearth coloful eggs, take a photo with their resident dino, and dig up some real fossils for your kiddo’s personal collection. The museum trail will be full of activity, adventure & prehistoric dinosaur excitement. Pre-registration is required. Event is for 6 years and under.

March 21st, 2016

Weeklong Family Fun Event: 5th Annual Spring Egg Hunt. March 21st – March 27th. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. This isn’t your typical egg hunt….it lasts all weeklong!  There are brightly painted wooden eggs hidden throughout the Arboretum gardens. Begin your hunt by picking up an answer sheet in the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. Search the Arboretum for the hidden eggs and write down the letters you find on them. After unscrambling the letters, come back to the visitor’s center during staffed hours to tell us the secret word and receive a small prize. This is a self-guided, fun family activity for all ages. The eggs won’t be tricky, so no need to climb the trees or dig in the mulch. Just come with your sense of adventure and a little bit of spring fever. No baskets or reservations required! All ages are welcome.

March 24th, 2016

5th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza. 6:00-8:00pm. Bond Park, Cary. Unique Easter egg hunt for children 12 years and younger who have special needs.  Fun activities, entertainment, bouncec houses & a chance to meet the Easter Bunny.  5 years & younger will hunt for eggs at 6:30pm. 6 years to 12 years of age will hunt for eggs at 7pm.  FREE event.

Special Spring Egg Hunt Storytime. 10:30am-11:30am. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. Enjoy a special garden storytime during the 5th Annual Spring Egg Hunt.  Explore in the spring garden, find a comfy spot to enjoy the story then participate in a fun spring craft to take home. Register in advance.  Parents/Caregivers must participate with children. Event is for preschool & early elementary aged children.

March 25th, 2016

Dino Egg Hunt. 9:30am-5:00pm. Museum of Life & Sciences, Durham. Unearth coloful eggs, take a photo with their resident dino, and dig up some real fossils for your kiddo’s personal collection. The museum trail will be full of activity, adventure & prehistoric dinosaur excitement. Pre-registration is required. Event is for 6 years and under.

March 26th, 2016

9th Annual Raleigh Easter Celebration. 10:00am-2:00pm. Halifax Mall, Raleigh.  Largest Easter egg hunt in Raleigh with 7 hunt times & 50,000 eggs.  Event is for infants to ages 12 years. Egg hunts are every 30 mins.  Enjoy inflatable games, prizes & free balloons.

4th Annual Egg Hunt & Soccer Event. 10:30am. WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary. Fun, food & soccer.  Hunt for eggs and enjoy food & coffee from Duck Donuts before watching your Carolina RailHawks take on Toluca FC at noon. Registration includes admission to the game. Golden egg prizes include a RailHawks jersey signed by the team. Fun for the whole family!

Easter Egg Hunt at Adventure Landing. Starts at 9am. Adventure Landing, Raleigh. Register for hunts between 8am-8:45am. Age groups 4 yrs & under, 5-7 yrs & 8-10 yrs.  A $3 per child donation will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina.

Community Easter Egg Hunt. 10:00-1:00pm. Faith Harvest Church, Wake Forest. Easter Egg hunt & each pre-registered child will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Toys R Us gift card.

Dino Egg Hunt. 9:30am-5:00pm. Museum of Life & Sciences, Durham. Unearth coloful eggs, take a photo with their resident dino, and dig up some real fossils for your kiddo’s personal collection. The museum trail will be full of activity, adventure & prehistoric dinosaur excitement. Pre-registration is required. Event is for 6 years and under.

EGGstravaganza at the NC Zoo.  NC Zoo, Asheboro.  Celebrate the new spring season. See Zoo animals hunt for treats inside decorative eggs & learn why enrichment is so important for animals & how we can help. Check out the entire schedule to see when your favorite zoo animals get to hunt for eggs.

March 27th, 2016

Easter Sunday Skate. 2:00-5:00pm. United Skates of America, Raleigh. Celebrate the Easter holiday with an egg hunt, games, prizes & more. $10 will include skate rental, 1 pizza slice & a small drink.

Dino Egg Hunt. 12:30-5:00pm. Museum of Life & Sciences, Durham. Unearth coloful eggs, take a photo with their resident dino, and dig up some real fossils for your kiddo’s personal collection. The museum trail will be full of activity, adventure & prehistoric dinosaur excitement. Pre-registration is required. Event is for 6 years and under.

EGGstravaganza at the NC Zoo.  NC Zoo, Asheboro.  Celebrate the new spring season. See Zoo animals hunt for treats inside decorative eggs & learn why enrichment is so important for animals & how we can help. Check out the entire schedule to see when your favorite zoo animals get to hunt for eggs.

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