Whatever you do, don't drive to the NC Fairgrounds to view the 4th of July fireworks show this year! You will be all alone. The Raleigh fireworks have been moved to downtown Raleigh this year on Fayetteville Street. Lots of music and fun events are scheduled all afternoon starting at 4pm (possible events going on around noon as well). Parking in all garages is only $5. Fireworks are set for 9:30, weather permitting. Lots of local restaurant fare will be available as well as scheduled music, beer and wine tastings and kid-friendly events.
Personally, I think this is a great move. What took them so long?? The fairgrounds have always been overcrowded, hot and a crazy parking nightmare. Moving the event to downtown is a great way to support all our local restaurants and small businesses downtown. Not to mention food trucks and food carts, etc.
Cross your fingers the weather won't interfere. Get downtown Raleigh and enjoy the show!