City to Launch Fourth of July Fireworks in West Raleigh

News posted Jun. 29, 2018 - 12:00 pm

To improve the overall viewing experience, the City of Raleigh will present Independence Day fireworks near the Carter-Finley Stadium and PNC Arena Complex on July 4. The annual fireworks display, which has been launched Downtown since 2012, is moving back to the fairgrounds-area location and expected to surpass previous displays in terms of size.

The decision to change the location of the fireworks was in large part due to the changing skyline caused by construction and equipment in Downtown Raleigh. Over the past six years, the Downtown fireworks were launched from two separate locations depending on their size, causing some visitors to see one display and not the other. Furthermore, the nature of a short, time-limited event placed considerable stress on the Downtown street grid, resulting in congestion that limited access and contributed to significant traffic delays following the fireworks display.

This year, all fireworks will be launched from property owned by North Carolina State University along Trinity Road, which is adjacent to PNC Arena, Carter-Finley Stadium, and the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. There are no major visual obstructions in the vicinity so the fireworks can be viewed from all directions.

Parking lot gates will open at 6 p.m. and fireworks are scheduled to launch at 9:32 p.m. There will be free parking at the PNC Arena lots, Carter-Finely Stadium lots, and North Carolina State Fairgrounds Bunn Field lots along Trinity Road. There will be no public access to the arena, stadium, or fairgrounds facilities, but there will be restroom amenities at each location. Those attending are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics as there will be no food or beverage sales on the premises. Raleigh police officers will be on site to assist with traffic control and help maintain a family-friendly atmosphere. In the event of inclement weather on July 4, the event will be moved to July 5.

Other local events scheduled for Independence Day include the Keep RLGH Independent 4 Miler at Dorothea Dix Park, a concert featuring the Barenaked Ladies at Red Hat Amphitheater, and the annual 4th of July Celebration at the State Capitol grounds.

More information about events at Red Hat Amphitheater.

For more information, contact

  • Office of Special Events, 919-996-2200
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