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Celebrate the Fourth of July in Durham

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

Bring on the fireworks, barbecue, 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 festivals to fireworks, we've rounded up a list of Fourth of July weekend events in Durham.

Red, White, and Brew Freedom Festival at ZincHouse

Date: June 30
Time: 12 - 10 p.m.
Location: 6225 Wake Forest Hwy.

Head to ZincHouse Winery and Brewery on the last day of June for a free, family-friendly Independence Day celebration. The festival will feature music performances from Snapback and 8 Track Minds plus a host of food trucks. Feel free to bring your own food, but leave any alcoholic beverages at home. Sit in their air-conditioned spaces or bring a blanket and hang out on the lawn while you enjoy the live music and wait for the fireworks show at dusk.

Children’s Independence Day Parade

Date: July 4
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. (Parade begins: 10:30 a.m.)
Location: Durham Central Park

Bring the whole family to Durham Central Park to celebrate the Fourth of July at the Children’s Independence Day Parade. Families are welcome to decorate bikes, trikes, wagons and strollers using items from the Scrap Exchange 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 Hospital-Hillandale Independence Day Parade and Celebration

Date: July 4
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: 2200 W Club Blvd

Take part in Durham's longest continuously observed Independence Day festival. For the celebration's 75th anniversary, participants are welcome to join the parade of bikes, tricycles, strollers, wagons or on foot, escorted by police motorcycles and a fire truck.

Frederick Douglass Community Reading at Stagville

Date: July 4
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: 5828 Old Oxford Highway

Join the Durham community for a group reading of Frederick Douglass' "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July" address. This event is free and open to the public, provided you register beforehand. Copies of the address will be handed out to each guest before the reading.

The green grass surrounds the former slave dwellings in Horton Grove at Historic Stagville.

Join others in reading Frederick Douglass' 4th of July address in front of the slave dwellings at Horton Grove. Photo: Discover Durham


Dates: July 4 & 6
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: West Point on the Eno

Festival for the Eno, also known as EnoFest, is an immersive experience featuring dozens of musical acts (over 60 artists across four stages!), local artisans, a juried craft show, water activities and an international food court serving up everything from burgers to gyros. Here's the complete music schedule, including performances by Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Big Daddy Love, Dangermuffin and the African American Dance Ensemble. Net proceeds support the festival’s mission to conserve and protect the natural environment, culture and history of the Eno River basin.

The EnoFest celebratory kick-off programming starts on July 4 at 10 a.m. at West Point on the Eno. Parking is easy at the Durham County Memorial Stadium, with air-conditioned buses running continuously throughout the day.

July Fourth Poolside Cookout at The Patio

Cruise on up to The Patio at Unscripted for a poolside cookout on July Fourth. This 21 and up, ticketed event will feature a DJ, freshly grilled food, and tasty cocktails. You can cool off in the pool, play some patio games with your friends or just enjoy the music. With plenty of opportunities for both activity and relaxation, this cookout is sure to be a good time.

July Fourth Cookout on The Roof

Date: July 4
Time: 3-10 p.m.

Loosen your belts and get ready for juicy beef hot dogs and burgers, brisket and ribeye steak served on house-made brioche buns, and warm house-made blueberry pie.

The Roof at The Durham is hosting a cookout in partnership with Moon Belly Meat Co. on July 4. Tickets aren't needed, and all food and drink will be available for purchase a la carte.

Fireworks hosted by the City of Durham

Date: July 4
Time: 9:15 p.m.
Location: Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Celebrate the Fourth of July with Durham Parks and Recreation and the Durham Bulls at the City of Durham’s official commemoration.

Attend the game and then enjoy the biggest firework show of the year following the game. Game tickets can be purchased online or by calling 919-956-BULL. 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.

For prime viewing sites outside of the ballpark, check out the grassy area behind Diamond View 3, the North Deck at Burt's Bees, Tobacco Road Sports Café or Ponysaurus Brewing.

An aerial view displays a fireworks show at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Enjoy one of the best fireworks shows in town at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Photo:

Of course, after all the celebrations, you'll want a place to lay your head. A stay at one of Durham's many hotels with pools will allow you to keep the festivities going with a swim before you settle in for the night.