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Celebrate the Fourth of July in Durham

Here's a roundup of events happening in Durham to help you get your Fourth of July sparkle on.

Bring on the fireworks, barbecues, pool parties, and picnics! The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and we know you're ready to show off your red, white, and blue spirit with family and friends.

Whether you're passing through or sticking around Durham, there are many star-spangled festivities that you can take part in. From parades to musical performances and laser light shows, we've rounded up a list of all the Fourth of July weekend events in Durham.


Dates: July 1-4

Location: Hayti Heritage Center and West Point on the Eno

The EnoFest celebratory kick-off programming starts on July 1 at 7 p.m. with a seated, indoor concert at the Hayti Heritage Center. Joe Newberry will host the recorded event, and it will be streamed on July 2 via YouTube, Facebook, and EnoFest.org.

On July 3 and 4, bring the family out to West Point on the Eno for musical performances from over 40 artists on four stages, including Pastor Shirley Caesar, the African American Dance Ensemble, Rissi Palmer, the HamilTones, and many others. Check out the complete music schedule.

Laser Light Show

Dates: July 3 & 4
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Durham County Memorial Stadium

Durham Parks & Recreation is hosting a patriotic, holiday-themed drive-in-style laser light show at 9 p.m. on July 3 and 4. Both nights are currently sold out of both biker/walker and car registrations, but you can add your name to the waitlist on DPR's website.

Fireworks hosted by the City of Durham

Date: July 4
Time: After the ballgame
Location: Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Celebrate patriotism and civic pride with Durham Parks and Recreation and the Durham Bulls at the City of Durham’s official commemoration!

Attend the baseball game and enjoy a dynamic firework show following the game. Gates will open for general admission at the end of the 7th inning based on availability for those that would like to view the fireworks show from inside the ballpark.

Children’s Independence Day Parade

Date: July 4
Time: 9:30 Decorating begins | 10:30 a.m. Parade begins
Location: Durham Central Park

Bring the whole family and celebrate the Fourth of July at the Children’s Independence Day Parade! Families are welcome to decorate bikes, trikes, wagons, and strollers with items from The Scrap Exchange at 9:30 a.m. and then parade through Durham Central Park at 10:30 a.m. Pssst ... there will be free popsicles and fire truck tours after the event.

Watts-Hillandale Fourth of July Parade and Celebration

Date: July 4
Time: 1o a.m.
Location: Oval Drive Park

Join the 72nd annual Watts-Hillandale Fourth of July Parade and Celebration, Durham’s oldest Fourth of July celebration, taking place at 10 a.m. at Oval Drive Park. Be sure to catch some of the singing led by the OK Chorale, a group of local singers that includes several Watts-Hillandale neighbors, and check out the collection of flags that have amassed over the years. Mayor Steve Schewel will lead this year’s parade!

Durham Summer Wine & Food Festival

Dates: July 1-4
Time: Starts at 7 p.m. on July 1

A new annual event, the Durham Summer Wine & Food Festival, takes place July 1-4. Showcasing Durham’s foodie scene, music, and independent arts, festival passes include discounts to 20+ food and beverage establishments as well as exclusive tasting and pairing events.

On July 3-4, there will be live performances, family-friendly activities, a craft marketplace, a free COVID-19 vaccination drive, and more. Festival and day passes are still available!