If you live in an apartment in Raleigh, NC you are in luck this coming Fourth of July. City officials are planning a bigger July Fourth celebration than last year – both in the number of activities and in the height of the fireworks.
Last year people not on Fayetteville Street found their view of the fireworks display blocked by city buildings during Raleigh’s new downtown July Fourth celebration called The Works.
So, this year, there will be two fireworks displays. The first, at 9:15 p.m., will be best seen from Fayetteville Street and will be launched from the parking lot in front of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. These fireworks will reach about 300 feet.
The second, at 10:15 p.m., will be in the area of the Red Hat Amphitheater, with larger fireworks shells than last year. These fireworks, shot from an open space rather than among city buildings, will reach about 600 feet and will be visible from a distance.
“They’re going to be higher. We’re going to be able to see them,” Mayor Nancy McFarlane said. “It’s going to be a great, great fourth of July.”
City Manager Russell Allen said with two events, people will be able to choose how they want to view the fireworks.
Last year the festivities were moved downtown in order to help boost business and to create another major downtown event.
Activities on Fayetteville Street start at noon and will include more than 100 art and food vendors, live music from noon until 11 p.m with 16 bands, street performers, and areas for children with rides and water.
A free concert will begin at 6 p.m. in the amphitheater, with The Chris Hendricks Band, Cravin’ Melon, and the American Aquarium.
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