Looking for a fun way to celebrate Independence Day in the Bull City? We've got you covered. From music, arts and crafts, and delicious food to dynamic fireworks, there are a ton of ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Durham.
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Fireworks and fanfare
Celebrate civic pride with Durham Parks and Recreation, Durham Bulls, and USA Baseball! Attend the baseball game and enjoy a dynamic fireworks show following the Durham Independence Day Celebration at the DBAP. Whether or not you are able to catch the USA Baseball vs. Cuba game, gates open during the seventh inning to watch the fireworks show. (The Tobacco Road Sports Cafe and Ponysaurus Brewing are also prime viewing spots.
The Festival for the Eno
The Eno River Association will present their annual Festival for the Eno for those who seek exceptional food, crafts, and music by the Eno River. The festival features various musical performances, an artisan display within the festival, and various food vendors. All proceeds benefit the Eno River basin preservation.
Parades and more!
The Watts-Hillandale neighborhood will celebrate its 70th Fourth of July parade down Club Boulevard at 10am, followed by other old-time, low-key traditional activities. Wear your red, white, and blue!
The American Dance Festival
The American Dance Festival will move right on through July 4th weekend, offering a Children’s Saturday Matinee series (which presents performances by three acclaimed professional dance companies). These one-hour performances are specially curated to ignite and inspire the imaginations of children, followed by a free party in the theater lobby, complete with live music, face-painting, snacks, and additional activities. These performances are perfect for those just dipping their toes into the dance scene, too — they offer abbreviated versions of longer performances so viewers can get a taste of everything.
There's also ADF Go, which allows people aged 18-30 to buy discounted $12 tickets to many performances. Tours of the ADF school are available as free and open to the public at appointed times, as well as ADF’s Movies by Movers, which will screen films in their bi-annual festival dedicated to the celebration of the conversation between the body and the camera.
What's more, don't forget to check the schedule for American Dance Festival's pop up performances, all of which will take place in unexpected places in and around Durham — after all, all the world's a stage!
Libations and festivities
Enjoy a hot sauce swap and trivia at Fullsteam and also explore other food at Hi-Wire Brewing Co., and festivities at July 4th with Shamarr Allen as he brings the sound of New Orleans to the Golden Belt SummerStage.
Enjoy your independence day in Durham!