Watching fireworks light up the sky is an experience as American as they come, thanks largely to these displays being part of Independence Day traditions. North Carolina offers beautiful backdrops for these bursts of color in the skies above our mountains, cityscapes and beaches.
You’ll find many Fourth of July fireworks shows, including several multiday celebrations. Plus, there are lots of opportunities to enjoy fireworks throughout summer beyond Independence Day.
1 Valdese Independence Day Celebration
1 Valdese Independence Day CelebrationJune 30; Town of ValdeseSee on map
It’s a special edition of the Family Friday Nights concert series featuring one of the most popular annual fireworks displays in the area. The light display bursts at a lower altitude, allowing for a variety of swirls and explosions of color.
2 Independence Day Weekend at Lake Junaluska
2 Independence Day Weekend at Lake JunaluskaJuly 1-4; Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat CenterSee on map
It's a family-friendly, multiday celebration at this lakeside resort in the mountains. Enjoy live music, a hometown-style parade, activities on the water, barbecue and kids' play areas. The fireworks show begins around 9:30 p.m. on July 3.
Admission: most events are free or low-cost
3 Freedom Fest and Fireworks
4 Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie
4 Fireworks Extravaganza at TweetsieJuly 4; Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing RockSee on map
Enjoy the largest fireworks show in the High Country alongside the iconic train. The park is open for extended hours for the festivities.
Admission: Adults, $60 (park general admission all day); Children, $40
5 Ingles Independence Day Celebration
7 Symphony in the Park & Fireworks
7 Symphony in the Park & FireworksJune 24; Bailey Road Park, CorneliusSee on map
Bring your picnic baskets, blankets and chairs, and enjoy performances by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Concessions are available, including wine and local craft beer, plus you can bring your own coolers, food and drinks. Fireworks begin immediately following the symphony’s performance.
8 Annual Lumbee Homecoming
8 Annual Lumbee HomecomingJune 30 - July 8; PembrokeSee on map
Events span a week, recognizing the heritage of the Lumbee people in Robeson County. Activities include a golf tournament, 5K run, bike race, parade, car show, outdoor concerts and local markets selling Lumbee wares. The fireworks show takes place July 8.
Admission: cost varies; some events are free
9 Independence Day Weekend Celebration on the Lake
10 Fun Fourth Festival
10 Fun Fourth FestivalJuly 4; GreensboroSee on map
Tuesday is an all-day event complete with a block party, Freedom 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run. Several couples will even have the chance to "Red, White and Say 'I Do'" at their free wedding, where an officiant, music, flowers and mini reception are all provided. Fireworks complete the day after the Grasshoppers game.
Admission: free; a registration fee for Freedom Run
11 Skyshow Charlotte
11 Skyshow CharlotteJuly 4; Truist Field, CharlotteSee on map
The festivities begin when the Charlotte Knights host the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp at Truist Field in Uptown Charlotte. The night concludes with one of the largest fireworks shows in the Southeast lighting up the skyline after the game.
Admission: $25 and up for baseball tickets
12 July 4th Fireworks
12 July 4th FireworksJuly 4; Southern Community Park, Chapel HillSee on map
Ranked by Travel + Leisure as one of “America’s Top Ten Best Towns for a July Fourth Celebration,” Chapel Hill carries on the tradition year after year with this fireworks display.
Admission: free if parking at the Jackson Deck at UNC Hospitals and taking the shuttle
13 Fort Liberty's 4th of July Celebration
13 Fort Liberty's 4th of July CelebrationJuly 4; Main Post Parade Field, Fort LibertySee on map
Celebrate with the men and women of the Armed Forces, featuring live concerts (Sheryl Crow and Gavin DeGraw are 2023's headliners), parachute free-fall demonstrations, a patriotic flag ceremony, kids’ activities, craft beer garden and fireworks.
14 Fourth of July Parade, Pie-Eating Contest and Fireworks
14 Fourth of July Parade, Pie-Eating Contest and FireworksJuly 4; Downtown Mount AirySee on map
The day begins with a reading of the Declaration of Independence, followed by a parade and plenty of fun activities such as a dunking booth and pie-eating contest. Live music and fireworks take place at Veterans Memorial Park.
15 Raleigh's July 4th Fireworks Celebration
15 Raleigh's July 4th Fireworks CelebrationJuly 4; Dorothea Dix Park, RaleighSee on map
Hop on a shuttle to Dorothea Dix Park from one of the parking decks downtown for this family-friendly event. The fun begins at 5 p.m. with games, live music and food trucks, and the fireworks go off at 9:30 p.m.
17 Fireworks by the Sea and Boardwalk Blast
17 Fireworks by the Sea and Boardwalk BlastVarious dates June through September; Carolina Beach Boardwalk and Gazebo, Carolina BeachSee on map
Enjoy fireworks all summer long in Carolina Beach. There's live music by a different band each Thursday beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. The best place to view the fireworks is on the beach strand in front of the boardwalk.
18 North Carolina 4th of July Festival
18 North Carolina 4th of July FestivalJune 30 - July 4; SouthportSee on map
For more than 220 years, Southport has celebrated the nation's Independence Day in a big way, and its festival is North Carolina’s official celebration. Events span several days, featuring picnics, arts and crafts in the park, a car show, parade, fireworks, firemen’s competition, children’s games, live entertainment, food and more. The finale, the largest of the planned events, takes place July 4 at the Southport Waterfront.
19 Independence Day Fireworks by the Sea
19 Independence Day Fireworks by the SeaJune 30; Carolina Beach Boardwalk and Gazebo, Carolina BeachSee on map
Celebrate Independence Day with a special edition of Fireworks by the Sea and Boardwalk Blast with live music, followed by fireworks after sunset. Arrive early to grab a spot at the gazebo or on the beach.
20 Surf City Independence Day Celebration
21 Annual Independence Day Celebration
21 Annual Independence Day CelebrationJuly 4; Historic Corolla Park, CorollaSee on map
Celebrate America's independence with live music and a fireworks show on the northern Outer Banks. The event also features food vendors, a cornhole tournament, watermelon-eating contest and children’s games.
22 Wilmington Pops 4th of July Celebration
22 Wilmington Pops 4th of July CelebrationJuly 4; Downtown Wilmington Riverfront ParkSee on map
Experience historic downtown Wilmington while being entertained by live music and enjoying local food vendors. Fireworks begin at 9:05 p.m., being launched from a barge in the Cape Fear River.
23 4th of July Fireworks Celebration and Live Music
24 Fireworks Over the Outer Banks
24 Fireworks Over the Outer BanksJuly 4; Outer BanksSee on map
Choose from one of these picturesque locations to watch Fourth of July fireworks shows on the Outer Banks, the site of the English’s first attempted colonization in the New World pre-dating Jamestown by 20 years.
- Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills
- Nags Head Fishing Pier in Nags Head
- Fireworks over the sound in Manteo
- Avon Pier on Hatteras Island in Avon
25 Fourth of July Celebration
25 Fourth of July CelebrationJuly 4; Greenville Town Common, GreenvilleSee on map
The Greenville Town Common hosts the largest Independence Day celebration in the area. Spread a blanket and picnic all afternoon while dancing to live music at the amphitheater, dig in at food trucks, grab a cold drink at the beer garden and take in the fireworks over the banks of the Tar River.
Baseball and Fireworks
North Carolina is home to 10 Minor League Baseball teams, and they all feature fireworks shows after one of their weekend night home games.
Asheville Tourists (Friday nights)
McCormick Field, Asheville
Carolina Mudcats (Friday nights)
Five County Stadium, Zebulon (near Raleigh)
Charlotte Knights (most Friday and Saturday nights)
Truist Field, Charlotte
Down East Wood Ducks (nights vary)
Grainger Stadium, Kinston
Durham Bulls (Friday nights)
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham
Fayetteville Woodpeckers (Friday nights)
Segra Stadium, Fayetteville
Greensboro Grasshoppers (Saturday nights, plus most Friday nights)
First National Bank Field, Greensboro
Hickory Crawdads (some Friday nights)
LP Frans Stadium, Hickory
Kannapolis Cannon Ballers (Saturday nights)
Atrium Health Ballpark, Kannapolis
Winston-Salem Dash (Friday nights)
Truist Stadium, Winston-Salem