Story by Brian Schmid and staff. Photo by Harold Neal.
Cary, NC – Independence Day is on a Wednesday this year, but a holiday in the middle of the week is just an opportunity for some good old American ingenuity! Music, fireworks, movies and sports dot the week of the Fourth this year in Cary.
July 3 – Sertoma Amphitheatre
Sertoma Amphitheatre will host two performances with a patriotic spirit on the evening of Tuesday, July 3rd.
First, Applause! Youth Theatre will present America the Beautiful, from 6:30-7:30 PM.
From 7:30 – 8:30 PM, the Cary Town Band holds center stage. From the Calendar:
The word spirit, from the Latin spiritus, meaning “breath,” “soul,” “courage,” or “vigor,” embodies the principle of conscious life. Come join with the band as we celebrate that Spirit of America through word and music at our 25th annual pre-4th of July patriotic salute to our nation’s birth and to the service personnel past and present who, through their spirit, have helped secure our freedom and liberty. Hear old folk songs and a march for our citizens. Listen to Chimes of Liberty and America, the Beautiful. Our speaker this year is Cary’s Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, sharing his views of America’s spirit. It’s an annual event you will not want to miss.
Cost for both events is free.
July 3 – RailHawks and Fireworks
It will be fireworks and futbol Tuesday night at WakeMed Soccer Park.
At 7 PM, the RailHawks take on the Atlanta Silverbacks.
After the game, the ‘Hawks will have a Fireworks Extravaganza. Stay and party with on the field with the RailHawks players. Special Family Firework 4 packs available.
Get tickets: CarolinaRailHaw
July 4 – Independence Day at Bond
Bond Park has a full day of family fun on Wednesday, July 4. Start with a fishing tournament from 8-10 a.m.
Parade in the Park, (open to anyone who wants to march), will start at 10:15 a.m.. If you’d like to decorate a non-motorized vehicle – stroller, wagon or bike for example -go to the Kiwanis Shelter starting at 9:30 a.m.
From 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. families will enjoy doughnut and watermelon eating contests, Lakeside Olympics, water balloon toss and who knows what other organized mayhem.
Cost is free.
July 4 – Free Music, Fun & Fireworks at Booth Ampitheatre
Booth is back with their signature patriotic display, a free family celebration culminating in a fantastic fireworks show. From the Calendar:
The Cary Town Band, the North Carolina Symphony, and fireworks – what could make the 4th of July more perfect. Come join Summerfest 2012 for their annual 4th of July Celebration. The big event starts around 5:45 PM when the Cary Town Band brings you an old fashion play-in-the-park afternoon concert just like your great grandparents enjoyed a hundred years ago when they celebrated the 4th of July. Patriotic music, circus music, some famous Broadway recollections, and more, while stretched out on a blanket on the grass. Come enjoy the fun with the band, the symphony, culminating with a massive fireworks show.
July 4 Schedule at Booth:
- 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 after the Symphony.
Cost is free.
July 5 – To Kill a Mockingbird
The days have been brutally hot, but the evenings surprisingly cool in Cary this past week.
If you’re not finished celebrating the holiday week (and why should you be), stimulate your mind on Thursday evening with one of America’s great movie classics: To Kill a Mockingbird.
Bring a lawn chair to Booth Amphitheatre. Movies start around dusk (which is pretty late at this time of year in Cary). It’s a perfect opportunity to cool off and relax under the stars while you watch Gregory Peck as the immortal Atticus Fitch.
$3 for adults and kids under 12 are free. Picnic baskets welcome.
Events coverage on CaryCitizen is sponsored in part by Booth Amphitheatre.