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July
Sun. July 1, 2012
Pittsboro First Sunday on July 1, 2012, 12pm - 4pm
Downtown Pittsboro.  Over 30 local artists and crafts people will be offering their wares in downtown Historic Pittsboro on Sunday.  Enjoy great food and bluegrass music and browse the unique shops and galleries in charming Historic Pittsboro.
http://www.shop-pittsboro.com/

http://visitpittsboro.com/events/first-sunday-and-downtown-festivities

(919) 533-9142

 

Tues., July 3, 2012
Carolina RailHawks' Fireworks at WakeMed Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Dr., Cary, NC 27511
Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 7pm
Enjoy a Carolina RailHawks Soccer game and Fireworks! The Carolina RailHawks take on the Atlanta Silverbacks on Tuesday, July 3rd at 7 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park. Stay after the game and enjoy the Triangle's best night of fireworks sponsored by AT&T on the field with the RailHawks Players. Firework 4 packs: 4 tickets, 4 drinks and food for 4 are available for just $49.
Visit www.CarolinaRailHawks.com or call 919-859-KICK to reserve your tickets.

Carolina RailHawks Website

Email: tickets@carolinarailhawks.com
 
Fri.-Sun., July 4, 7, and 8, 2012
33rd Annual Festival for the Eno River
Weds, July 4, 2012 10am - 6 pm ;
Sat & Sun, July 7 & 8, 2012 10am - 6 pm
Don't miss the 30th Annual Festival for the Eno River!  
Wonderful festival on the banks of the Eno River features live music on five stages; Storytelling; Canoe and Raft rentals; Hands-On-Clay; Dance; Critters; Craft Demonstrations; River Activities; Working Grist Mill; Crafts Artisans, children's area and otter stage, nature demonstrations and other activities for kids and adults.  Tickets on sale May 15; Earlybird Discounts through May 31.  Admission fee.  Kids 12 and under admitted free!  10am - 6 pm Seniors (over 65) admitted free.

West Point on the Eno, Durham City Park (Parking at Durham County Stadium)
www.enoriver.org/Festival

 

UPDATE:  See James Hill Photography photos from the 2009 Eno River Festival
Editor's note:  These photos are great - kudos to lo local photographer James Hill!    They really capture the feel of the Eno River Festival.  We especially love the photos of the bands (Albannach!) and the children playing in the river.  (I also love the other photography on his main SmugMug page.)  We look forward to the Eno River Festival every year - it is truly a highlight of the year for us and our children.
Weds., July 4, 2012
Carrboro Family Fourth of July Celebration
Weds, July 4, 2012, 9:30am - 4:00pm at Carrboro Town Hall and Weaver St. Market.
Celebrate the 4th of July in Carrboro with musical performances, a parade, exhibits, games and food.  From the website:  "This annual event features Uncle Sam on Stilts, Balloon Sculpture Artists, Roaming Magicians, Face Painters, lots of games, food, and plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy! The Main stage always features nationally recognized musical talent, as well as local talent. Of course the Kids Fun Zone and Fun Zone Stage Stage will be back and better than ever! So come celebrate the birth of our nation! Make Uncle Sam proud! Put on your red, white, and blue. Wear a birthday hat, play a game, dance to the music, relax under the historic elm, and enjoy the best of this small town tradition." 

Main Stage Music:

Village Band10:30a.m. - 11:00a.m.

Pan Jive Steel Drum Band 11:15a.m. - 12:15p.m.

Lakota John12:30p.m. - 1:30p.m.

Shaggie Maggie2:00p.m. - 3:35p.m.

Children's Stage schedule includes:

Music Explorium 1:00p.m.. - 4:00p.m.

Paulo Lopez and Friends 2:00p.m.. - 4:00p.m.

Click here for the complete schedule.

www.townofcarrboro.org/RP

http://www.carrborojuly4th.com/

http://www.townofcarrboro.org/rp/CarrboroCommunityEvents.htm#3

(919) 918-7364.

 

Weds., July 4, 2012
Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Concert and Lemonade at the Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill
Weds, July 4, 2012, 1:00pm - 3:00pm.
Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy lemonade and a performance by the Village Band.  Free and open to the public.

Horace Williams House,
610 E. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill, NC  27514.
(919) 942-7818.

 

Weds., July 4, 2012
Chapel Hill 4th of July Celebration
Weds, July 4, 2012, 7 - 10pm
Community celebration with fireworks and fun!  Free entertainment and fireworks display in the University of North Carolina's Kenan Memorial Stadium. 
** New in 2012: Voluntary Donations of $1 per person or $5 for a family of five or more will also be accepted on the day of the event at the entrance gates to Kenan Stadium.*** Gates open at 7pm. Fireworks scheduled to begin at 9:30pm.  Recommended parking is in the Craig, Dogwood and Cardinal Parking Decks off of Manning Drive.  Disability parking available in the Bell Tower Lot.  Parking also is available in downtown Chapel Hill at the Rosemary/Columbia Lot at 100 E Rosemary St., West Franklin Lot at 415 W. Franklin Street, the Wallace Parking Deck and smaller town lots. FOR MORE INFO: www.townofchapelhill.org/july4
Alcohol prohibited - no coolers, outside containers or food items allowed.

2012 Festivities will include a juggling Uncle Sam stilt walker, contests, and face painting. Live music will feature: Mick Mixon and the Franklin Street Band at 8pm. The vocalist for the National Anthem will be Jessica Carter.

***** Note for families with babies and young children: Since the Chapel Hill fireworks are fired in the stadium, surrounded entirely by stadium seats, which produce echoes and amplify the firework booms, they are extremely loud.  We found them to be much louder than any fireworks display we have ever attended (since we previously had attended open air fireworks displays, not in a stadium).  We rarely editorialize, but we thought we would mention that the stadium fireworks display may be too loud especially for babies and young children's sensitive ears.

Kenan Stadium, UNC.
(919) 968-2784.

 

Weds., July 4, 2012
Downtown Raleigh July Fourth Celebration, Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC
In 2012, downtown Raleigh will host the City's fireworks and Independence Day celebration, 10am to 11pm.

*** Raleigh's July 4th Celebration is Moving in 2012 to DOWNTOWN RALEIGH on Fayetteville St. The fairgrounds will be CLOSED.***

Festivities are scheduled in Downtown Raleigh on July 4, 2012, from 11am to 10pm. Beginning at 4 p.m. on July 4, Fayetteville Street will be filled with 8 different bands, the Maximus Circus, a beer and wine tasting tent, a picnic on the street and a kids' zone. Downtown restaurants will bring their fare to the street. The full range of authentic Americana fun ? watermelon seed spitting contests, and more fun; culminating with a brilliant fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

The City of Raleigh is bringing the 236th national birthday celebration to Downtown Raleigh, along with sponsors ABC11 and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

When: July 4, 2012 beginning at 4:00 pm

Location: Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

 See schedule and more info for Raleigh Downtown Fireworks - "The Works" Celebration

 

Weds., July 4, 2012
Cary Fourth of July Celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheater, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary, NC 27511
Weds, July 4, 2012, 3:00 - 10:00 pm
Fourth of July gathering with fireworks display; live musical entertainment.  Fireworks rain or shine beginning at night fall.

From the Town of Cary website:

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 following concert.

http://www.townofcary.org/

(919) 469-4061.

 

Weds., July 4, 2012
Joel Lane Old Fashioned Fourth of July, Raleigh, NC - COLONIAL Re-Enactments, Period Dress & Crafts, Free Lemonade & cookies!
Weds, July 4, 2012, 10am - 4pm

728 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC  (The Joel Lane Museum House is located two blocks south of Hillsborough Street at the corner of Saint Mary's and West Hargett Streets near downtown Raleigh.)
Enjoy live music, old-time games and crafts for the children, re-enactors demonstrating colonial work, and costumed docents ready to answer your questions in the museum buildings. Free lemonade and cookies. Donations requested.

http://www.joellane.org/joellane/visitor_info/events/independence_day_celebration/

(919) 833-3431.

 

Thurs., July 5, 2012
Sweet Carolina Outdoor BEACH MUSIC Concert Series at University Mall
University Mall parking lot along Estes Drive in front of Dillard's, Thursday evenings in June and July, 2012
Thurs., July 5, 2012
, 6:30pm - 9:30 pm
Enjoy beach music under the stars at the University Mall! Food and beverages available for purchase (no outside food or beverages permitted). Free admission. Featuring the Band of Oz.

More
about the Sweet Carolina Outdoor Concert Series

 

Thurs. - Sun., July 12-15 2012
57th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games (much further afield)
MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain near Linville, (Avery County), NC.  (Grandfather Mountain is located on US Highway 221, two miles north of Linville, NC and one mile south of the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 305).
Thurs. - Sun., July 12-15 2012. The Grandfather Mountain Scottish Highland Games are sponsored by more than 120 Scottish clans and societies, and have become known as "The Gathering" of Scots in the New World because the event attracts the participation of more Scottish family lines than any other games in America; and the spectacular mountain setting (on the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountain Range - 6,000 feet elevation) is reminiscent of Scotland.  Parade of Tartans, sheep herding by Scottish border collies, hammer throw, Caber toss (the Caber is a telephone-pole-size log that Scottish athletes toss end-over-end in this heavy-weight Scottish event) Children under five are free.

Pets are not allowed.

See Children's Events at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Tickets are available at the field on the day of the event, or secure ordering is available on-line at www.gmhg.org.  Click here for more information.  Also visit averycounty.com/?subPage=20 for additional photographs and information.
www.gmhg.org
(828) 733-1333. 

Thurs., July 12, 2012
The Muppets Movie outdoors under the stars - Free Family Movies Summer 2012 - Thursday evenings - atop the Wallace Parking Deck, Downtown chapel Hill
Thurs July 12, 2012, sundown (approx 8 pm)
The Muppets Movie at sundown atop the Wallace Parking Deck. FREE POPCORN, trivia games, children's activities, and more! Bring a chair or blanket, enjoy food to go from a downtown restaurant and enjoy a picnic dinner and movie under the stars. Sponsored by Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. (*If you ride your bike to Locally Grown Free Movies you can get free stuff from Go Chapel Hill and local bike shops.)
www.locally-grown.com

 

Thurs., July 12, 2012
Sweet Carolina Outdoor BEACH MUSIC Concert Series at University Mall
University Mall parking lot along Estes Drive in front of Dillard's, Thursday evenings in June and July, 2012
Thurs., July 12, 2012
, 6:30pm - 9:30 pm
Enjoy beach music under the stars at the University Mall! Food and beverages available for purchase (no outside food or beverages permitted). Free admission. Featuring The Embers.

More
about the Sweet Carolina Outdoor Concert Series

 

Sat., July 14, 2012
2nd Saturday Hillsborough Guided Walking Tour
Saturday, July 14, 2012, 10am & 2pm
The Alexander Dickson House, 150 E. King St., Hillsborough, NC.
Explore Hillsborough's history on a 90 minute guided walking tour through it's historic district. The tour features historic buildings and homes, churches, gardens, and cemeteries.  Admission.
www.historichillsborough.org
(919) 732-774.

 

Sat., July 14, 2012
Saturdays in Saxaphaw Outdoor Music Concerts  
1616 Jordan Drive, Saxapahaw, NC 27340.  (Further afield - @ 1/2 hour from Chapel Hill/Carrboro locations.)
Sat., July 14, 2012, 5pm - 8pm. (Farmer's Market 5-8pm)
Outdoor Concerts will take place from 6pm - 8pm every Saturday evening featuring an array of acclaimed bands and performers. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy some great music by the River.
(336) 376-3122.

 

Thurs., July 19, 2012
Sweet Carolina Outdoor BEACH MUSIC Concert Series at University Mall
University Mall parking lot along Estes Drive in front of Dillard's, Thursday evenings in June and July, 2012
Thurs., July 19, 2012
, 6:30pm - 9:30 pm
Enjoy beach music under the stars at the University Mall! Food and beverages available for purchase (no outside food or beverages permitted). Free admission. Featuring The Fantastic Shakers.

More
about the Sweet Carolina Outdoor Concert Series

 

Sat., July 21, 2012
Saturdays in Saxaphaw Outdoor Music Concerts  
1616 Jordan Drive, Saxapahaw, NC 27340.  (Further afield - @ 1/2 hour from Chapel Hill/Carrboro locations.)
Sat., July 21,
2012, 5pm - 8pm. (Farmer's Market 5-8pm)
Outdoor Concerts will take place from 6pm - 8pm every Saturday evening featuring an array of acclaimed bands and performers. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy some great music by the River.
(336) 376-3122.

 

Mon., July 16 - Mon. July 23, 2012
Kids Exchange Consignment Sale & Parents Fair - "Clean your closets and fill your pockets with $$$."  The Triangle's Premier Consignment Sale!  (Fall & Winter clothing, toys, baby gear and more)
NC State Fairgrounds, Jim Graham Building.
Giant consignment fair offers gently used kids' & maternity clothes, baby equipment, furniture, toys and much more.
"NC's Largest Event to buy and sell children's items - 2,700 Sellers & 30,000 shoppers. Buy & sell gently used Kids Items: clothing, toys, baby equipment, furniture, books, car seats, infant accessories, high chairs, swings & much more! (Infant - Teen) Open to the Public; Anyone can buy & sell! Earn 2/3 of your asking price.

RALEIGH KIDS EXCHANGE CONSIGNMENT SALE SCHEDULE:

Receiving / Drop Off Items:

Monday 7/16: 5pm ? 7pm

Tuesday 7/17: 10am ? 8pm

Wednesday 7/18: 9am ? 11am

*Doors close promptly @ closing. Please allow time to put your items out and exit by closing.

*All Sellers must register online before bringing items for sale.


Sale Hours:

Wednesday 7/18: Work Exchange Private Sale

Super Exchangers: 3pm ? 9pm

Work Exchangers: 5pm -9pm

Thursday 7/19: Sellers Private Sale 9am ? 8pm

Friday 7/20: Public Sale 9am ? 6pm

Saturday 7/21: Public Sale 9am ? 5pm

Sunday 7/22: Public Sale ~ HALF PRICE DAY 10am ? 5pm

Unsold Items Pick-Up (Sellers Only):

Monday 7/23: 10am- 1pm

To consign, register online; if no internet access:  (205) 824-8245.
This event will takes place again in January 2013 (Spring & Summer clothes).
www.KidsExchange.net

 

Thurs., July 19, 2012
The Dark Knight Movie outdoors under the stars - Free Family Movies Summer 2012 - Thursday evenings - atop the Wallace Parking Deck, Downtown chapel Hill
Thurs July 12, 2012, sundown (approx 8 pm)
The Dark Knight Movie at sundown atop the Wallace Parking Deck. FREE POPCORN, trivia games, children's activities, and more! Bring a chair or blanket, enjoy food to go from a downtown restaurant and enjoy a picnic dinner and movie under the stars. Sponsored by Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. (*If you ride your bike to Locally Grown Free Movies you can get free stuff from Go Chapel Hill and local bike shops.)
www.locally-grown.com

 

Thurs., July 26, 2012
Sweet Carolina Outdoor BEACH MUSIC Concert Series at University Mall
University Mall parking lot along Estes Drive in front of Dillard's, Thursday evenings in June and July, 2012
Thurs., July 26, 2012
, 6:30pm - 9:30 pm
Enjoy beach music under the stars at the University Mall! Food and beverages available for purchase (no outside food or beverages permitted). Free admission. Featuring Liquid Pleasure.

More
about the Sweet Carolina Outdoor Concert Series

 

Thurs. July 26, 2012
Free Rooftop Music Summer 2012 - Thursday evenings - atop the Wallace Parking Deck, Downtown chapel Hill
Thurs July 26, 2012, Gates open at 6 pm. Show at 7 pm.
Mount Moriah and Skylar Gudasz & The Ugly Girls will perform beginning at 7 pm atop the Wallace Parking Deck. Bring a chair or blanket, enjoy food to go from a downtown restaurant and enjoy a picnic dinner and movie under the stars. Sponsored by Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. (Visit the website for more info about Dinner & a Movie specials in Downtown Chapel Hill.)
www.locally-grown.com

 

Fri., July 27, 2012
Last Friday in Hillsborough
Friday, July 27, 2012, 6:30 -9:30 pm.
Last Friday is an evening of events on the last Friday of each month from April through September in Hillsborough's downtown historic district. A band is featured on the old courthouse lawn plus visual arts, dance, and literature. Businesses, galleries, studios, restaurants, and museums and historic sites remain open and offer special programs. Artists, food vendors, musicians, and craftspeople set up their wares on the sidewalks. Sponsored by the Hillsborough Arts Council
(919) 732-7741

 

Sat., July 28, 2012
Saturdays in Saxapahaw at the Saxapahaw Rivermill  (@ 15 minutes from Chapel Hill)
(Ongoing each Saturday, 5:00pm - 8:00pm).
Featuring live music, farmers' market, games and activities for kids, and lots of fun for the whole family.
(336) 376-3122
www.rivermillvillage.com/farmers.html


Fri., Sat. & Sun., July 27 - July 29, 2012
BeleChere Festival - 31st Annual! - The Southeast's Largest Free Street Festival in Asheville, NC (much further afield) 
Friday - Sunday, July 27 - 29, 2012
Live entertainment, artwork, food, carnival with kids' activities, and more.  Lots of great bands/live music and fun for the whole family.
www.belecherefestival.com 

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