Fireworks, games, live entertainment and more await you at Wake Forest’s 2016 Fourth of July Celebration. Now in its 43rd year, this community extravaganza is Wake Forest’s most eagerly-anticipated summer-time event serving up two days’ worth of fun and excitement for the entire family.
The festivities get underway with the Fireworks Spectacular on Sunday, July 3, at Wake Forest High School’s Trentini Stadium, 420 W. Stadium Dr. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and admission is $5 per person. Children age six and under are admitted free.
For the first time ever, advance tickets to the Fireworks Spectacular may be purchased online at WFJuly4th.com. Anyone who purchases a ticket online will receive a print at home ticket, which must be redeemed for a wristbandat the red tent, located at the main gate.
Advance tickets may also be purchased at the following area locations:
Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 305 S. White St.
Wake Forest Weekly, 229 E. Owen Ave.
Aloha Tan, 12223 Hampton Way Dr.
All About Hair & Nails, 12223 Hampton Way Dr.
Town & Country Hardware at Gateway Commons, 910 Gateway Commons Circle
NC General Stores, 150 S. White St.
For Old Times Sake Antiques, 223 S. White St.
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.
As a special offer, buy four tickets in advance and get your fifth ticket free.
The Band of Oz, one of the southeast’s most popular beach music bands and a 1997 Beach Music Hall of Fame inductee, will again headline this year’s celebration. Other highlights will include Don Carrington’s Parachute Team and an unforgettable 20-minute fireworks display. The fireworks show typically begins at dusk – between 8:30 and 9 p.m. – but there is no official start time.
Concessions, including hamburgers, hot dogs,popcorn, and snow cones will be available for purchase at the Fireworks Spectacular.Three food trucks will also be on site, including Lumpy’s Ice Cream, Charlie’s Kabobs, and Fuzzy’s Empanadas.
Picnic baskets and/or coolers are allowed but will be inspected before being permitted insidethe stadium. Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited onthe Wake Forest High School campus.
Handicap parking (by identification only) and regular parking are available on the school campus. Families may tailgate in the parking lot, but everyone that enters the school campus must be a paying spectator.
The revelry continues on Monday, July 4, with the Children’s Parade along North Main Street. Area youngsters are invited to hop on their bicycles and be a part of their very own “walking parade.” The lineup begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of North Main Street and West Juniper Avenue, near the Wake Forest College Birthplace. The procession will get underway at 10:30 a.m. Participation in the Children’s Parade is free, but bicyclists are encouraged to wear their helmets.
The Independence Day festivities conclude at 11 a.m. with Arts & Games in the Park. Children of all ages are invited to create a variety of colorful arts and crafts projects inside the Wake Forest Community House, join in a slew of games and activities at Holding Park, and enjoy several giant inflatables at R.H. Forrest Field. The Wake Forest Community House and Holding Park are located at 133 W. Owen Ave., while Forrest Field is located at 123 W. Owen Ave.
The VFW Chuckwagon and Pelican’s SnoBalls will be on site selling concessions.
The Children’s Parade and Art & Games in the Park are free and open to the public.
Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to this year’s Fourth of July Celebration in the palm of their hands by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s “July 4” function. Designed to provide smart phone users with useful information about all of this year’s Fourth of July festivities, the function offers instant access to the Fireworks Spectacular, the Children’s Parade, Art & Games in the Park and more.
IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the town’s free app by searchingfor “Town of Wake Forest” on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, orin Google Play or by scanning the appropriate QR code provided atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.
In case of inclement weather, updated event information will be posted on the Town of Wake Forest websiteand thetown’s Facebook page. In addition, smartphone users who have downloaded theTown of Wake Forest appwill receive a push notification message informing them of any schedule changes.
Volunteers are needed to perform a variety of roles during the Fireworks Spectacular and Art & Games in the Park. For more information, visit WFJuly4th.com or email WFJuly4th@gmail.com.