Free fireworks at the fairgrounds on the Fourth

Where can you watch a free, spectacular fireworks show; enjoy free activities like a water-ballon toss, sack races and Wii gaming; hear local bands for free and eat free N.C. watermelon, all in one day? It’s all at the State Fairgrounds this Sunday for the 2010 July 4th Celebration, presented by the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department and the N.C. State Fair.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and activities will run until 8:30 p.m. in the Jim Graham Building and Expo Center. The fireworks display starts at 9:15 p.m.

Free fireworks at the State Fairgrounds at 9:15 p.m. on July 4th

July 4th fireworks at the fairgrounds start at 9:15 p.m.

There will be kid-friendly sports challenges, craft activities such as constructing paper airplanes and hats, carnival-style games and military vehicles on display. Food and drink vendors will be on site and the Raleigh Flea Market will remain open until 7 p.m.

The N.C. Watermelon Association will provide 150 melons, 50 more than last year, picked from Jackson Farming Co. in Autryville for the Got to Be NC watermelon-cutting event. Samples will be distributed outside the Expo Center starting at 5 p.m.

It looks like the weather on Sunday should be beautiful and dry, but in case of inclement weather all indoor activities will still take place on July 4th, but the fireworks will be held on Monday, July 5 at 9 p.m.

There’s free admission and parking. No pets, alcohol or coolers will be allowed in the July 4th activity area.

About Blue Ribbon

Natalie Alford blogged for the 2009-2011 N.C. State Fairs. This is her bio from 2009: I work at the Fairgrounds year-round, so I'm always in the middle of the fun! During the Fair, I work with the press office team to organize events and exhibits, and log a lot of miles on my pedometer. I'm also the County Agricultural Fairs Coordinator, which means I license, promote and visit North Carolina's agricultural fairs and enjoy thousands of blue ribbon entries every year. I hope to see you at the Fair!

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