Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration Set for Sunday

Carter-Finley Area: gates open 6 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Fireworks will light up the sky from the Carter-Finley area on Sunday night for this year's July 4th celebration. Gates open at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Free Parking

Gates open at 6 p.m. with free parking at PNC Arena lots, North Carolina State Fairgrounds Bunn Field lots along Trinity Road, and Carter-Finley lots. Fireworks are planned for 9:30 p.m. 

People are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics. Please note: there will be no food or beverage sales on the premises.


To help keep everyone safe, the following items are prohibited:

• Illegal substances;
• Fireworks/explosives; and 
• Weapons of any kind

Raleigh police officers will be on-site to assist with traffic control and help maintain a family-friendly atmosphere.

General fireworks safety tips

Closed Areas

This year, all fireworks will be launched from property owned by NC State University along Trinity Road, directly adjacent to Close-King Indoor Practice Facility. PNC Arena, Carter-Finley Stadium, and the North Carolina State Fairgrounds are also near the fireworks display. There will be no public access to the arena, fairgrounds, or stadium facilities, but there will be restroom amenities at each location. A portion of Trinity Road between Blue Ridge Road and Edwards Mill Road, including the pedestrian tunnel, will be closed to facilitate the fireworks launch beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Rain Date

In the event of inclement weather on July 4, the event will be moved to July 5.

Other Events

Other local events scheduled for Independence Day can be found at VisitRaleigh and include the Keep RLGH Independent 4 Miler at Dorothea Dix Park, Brier Creek Fourth of July Star-Spangled Block Party, and the Annual July 4th Celebration at the State Capitol Grounds.



Julia Milstead
Public Information Officer
City of Raleigh