1. On June 30 in Winston-Salem, pre-game the United States’ Independence Day with Rock The Quarry from 6 to 11 p.m. in the beautiful Quarry Park, located at 2450 Reynolds Park Rd. There will be fireworks, food trucks and live music by Darryl Little & Friends. Participating food trucks include Zekos 2 Go, Wingz and Thyngz, Off the Hook, Manna, King-Queen Haitian Cuisine, Gunny Smitty’s Hotdogs, Spice Delight Mobile Café, Sunset Slush, Kona Ice and Cherries On Top. According to the press release, attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on for the fireworks show and overflow parking will be available at the William R. Anderson Jr. Recreation Center, Reynolds Park Golf Course, Salem Lake and the Emmanuel Baptist Church parking lot located at 1075 Shalimar Dr. Rock The Quarry is presented by Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks, the Winston-Salem Community Development Department and the Winston-Salem Police Department.

2. On July 4 in Winston-Salem, grab your peanuts and crackerjacks and celebrate the United States of America with one of the most patriotic sports, baseball! The City of Winston-Salem and The Winston-Salem Dash (Class-A Advanced Minor League affiliate of the Chicago White Sox) present “A Dash of Independence Day” at BB&T Ballpark, located at 951 Ballpark Way. The Winston-Salem Dash will be taking on the Down East Wood Ducks at 6:30 p.m. and following the game will be Winston-Salem’s official Fourth of July fireworks show, presented by The City of Winston-Salem. According to the press release, the ballpark will open at 4:30 p.m. to give fans time to access the Foothills Brewpen and Kids Zone, located in the outfield. The pre-game festival also features live music by the Stereo Dolls, food trucks, free balloon animals and patriotic temporary tattoos. The entire ballpark is set to open at 5:30 p.m. in advance of the game. It is highly encouraged that fans park and get to the ballpark before 5 p.m. to avoid the heaviest traffic. “Tickets are still available, though the game will sell out,” stated the press release. “The Dash’s Fourth of July home games over the last four seasons have drawn the four highest attendances in BB&T Ballpark’s nine-year history. Last year, a record-setting 9,007 fans came to the downtown facility on July 4 for the team’s contest against Down East.” To purchase tickets (for as low as $8 in advance) call (336) 714-2287 or visit the Winston-Salem Dash’s website.

3. On July 4 in Winston-Salem, celebrate Independence Day at Old Salem. According to the website, Old Salem is the place where the first public July 4th celebration took place in the whole United States! This Wednesday, there will be hands-on activities, demonstrations, patriotic music and “fun for the whole family.” At 10 a.m., Old Salem will host its annual Naturalization Ceremony, where candidates for U.S. citizenship will take the oath of allegiance to become citizens of the United States. Gunsmiths will perform a patriotic ornamentation on early long rifles. Attendees can view the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers and learn more about African Americans who served in the Revolutionary War. There will be patriotic music played on the 1798 Tannenberg Organ, a chance for attendees to learn about historic medicines and the Moravian way of health and healing, and attendees can try their hand at quilting at the John Vogler House. Attendees are also encouraged to visit the Summer Gardens and the historic potter and joiner in their workshops. All activities are included in the ticket price of $27 for adults and $13 for students ages 4-18. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Rd. For more information, call (336) 721-7350 or email info@oldsalem.org.   

4. From July 5-8 in Winston-Salem, Triad Playwrights Theatre presents the original play by founder Jonathan S. Crow called The 5th of July. ” The play is about President Donald Trump’s psychiatrist being fired and appearing on a live news broadcast to tell the world about his experiences with the president and what it is like in his head. Unfortunately, everything that can go wrong does. According to the Facebook event page, “Anything dealing with the President’s psychiatrist giving a live interview and everything going wrong with the interview, has GOT to be GOOD!!” After the fireworks, come and cool off to some local talent performing this original play poking fun at our Commander-In-Chief and the news media. This is the second year of performing this play and will take place at the Stephen D. Hyers Studio Theatre, located at 200 N. Davie St. Tickets for the play are $15 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. The show takes place July 5 through 7 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. on July 8.

5. From July 3-4 in Greensboro, join the downtown community for two days of patriotic celebration. The annual Fun Fourth Festival is presented by Allegacy and features the Freedom Run, American Block Party, Fun Fourth Street Festival and the Patriot Fireworks Concert. According to the website, on July 3, the Freedom Run (5k and 10k) and the Firecracker Road Race (1 mile) takes place at 7:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 7:35 p.m., respectively and registration opens at 6:15 p.m. or you can register online in advance for $45 (10k), $40 (5k) and $15 (1-mile fun run). Prices are subject to increase after 11:59 p.m. on June 30. The American Block Party on July 3 goes from 7 to 11 p.m. at Elm Street and the Greene Street parking lot. There will be music by 20 Ride and DJ SK. The block party is free and there will be food and beverages available for purchase. On July 4, the Fun Fourth Street Festival runs from 1 to 8 p.m. in downtown and its website claims to be the “largest 4th of July Festival in North Carolina.” Five areas downtown will be filled with live performances, vendors, interactive games and connect with the community. The festivities end with a bang…literally! The Patriot Fireworks Concert begins at the Davie Street and Market Street parking lot at 9 p.m. Live music will be provided by The Philharmonia of Greensboro. Admission is free and there will be food available for purchase. For more details about the Fun Fourth festivities, visit the website. Stay tuned for the full map of the street festival.

6. On July 4 in Kernersville, the Town of Kernersville and the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce present “Kernersville 4th of July.” From 9 to 11 a.m., The Kernersville Fourth of July parade takes place at Kernersville Elementary School, located at 512 W. Mountain St. and ends at the Bank of North Carolina and Broad Street. No registration is needed, and the line-up begins at the school at 7:30 a.m. From 6:30-10:30 p.m., at the elementary school there will be a free fireworks display. It is encouraged that attendees bring a lawn chair, blanket and family and friends to watch the fireworks. The fireworks will take place at 9 p.m. on the Kernersville Raiders football field and live music starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit the website.  

7. On July 4 in High Point, celebrate the United States’ birthday at Oak Hollow Festival Park, located at 1841 Eastchester Dr., for the annual Uncle Sam Jam! The Uncle Sam Jam will feature live music by Matt Stratford and Norlina Music Circus Stella, The O’ Say, Can You Sing? National Anthem Contest Winner, Pink Cares fire truck, kids arts and crafts, food/beverage vendors, novelty vendors and family fun zone (includes inflatables, water slide, obstacle course and climbing wall). There will be a fireworks show over Oak Hollow Lake beginning at 9:45 p.m. Coolers, chairs and blankets are allowed. Tents, glass containers, pets, fishing equipment, fireworks, grills, or drones are prohibited. The website states that Uncle Sam Jam is a family event, so please do not bring any alcohol. Be prepared to have bags and coolers checked at the door. The all-inclusive fee is $20. For more information, visit the website.   

8. On July 4 in Lewisville, join the Town of Lewisville in celebrating Independence Day at Shallowford Square, located at 6555 Shallowford Rd.! The annual celebration begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Live music by The Extraordinaires is set to begin at 6 p.m. and is followed by a fireworks display at dark. “This is one of the best fireworks displays in Forsyth County,” the website stated. “Admission is free. Concessions/Eats are available for purchase. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy a festive July 4th celebration. No pets permitted in Shallowford Square. A rain date of Thursday, July 5th, 2018 will apply.” For more information, visit the website.

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