Fireworks, games, live entertainment and more await you at Wake Forest’s 2018 Independence Day Celebration. Presented by Power Secure, this community extravaganza is Wake Forest’s most eagerly anticipated summertime event serving up two days’ worth of fun and excitement for the entire family – and this year it’s all free!
The festivities get underway with the incredible Fireworks Spectacular on Tuesday, July 3, inside Husky Stadium on the campus of Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m.
Crush, one of our area’s most popular party bands, will headline this year’s celebration, followed by an unforgettable 20-minute fireworks display. The fireworks show typically begins at dusk, but there is no official start time.
Area residents are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the festivities on the Husky Stadium football field or on one of the designated viewing areas on the Heritage High School campus. Spectators may also sit on the home side stadium bleachers. No chairs or blankets will be permitted on the stadium track.
Picnic baskets and/or coolers will be allowed, but alcoholic beverages, smoking, glass and pets are strictly prohibited on the Heritage High School campus. In addition, bicycles are not allowed inside the stadium.
Concessions, including hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, and snow cones will be available for purchase at the Fireworks Spectacular. A variety of food and dessert trucks will also be on site, including Lumpy’s, Kona Ice, Sunshine Girls Lemonade, Jays Italian Ice, Morfa Empenadas, Havana Dave’s, Big C Waffles, and Mr. Mongolian.
Handicap parking (by identification only) and regular parking are available on the school campus. Parking will not be allowed along Forestville Road or Foundation Drive.
A new option this year will be a free shuttle service, compliments of the Kerr Family YMCA and the Town of Wake Forest. Beginning at 5 p.m., area residents are invited to park at one of the following locations, then hop on one a bus for the short trip to Heritage High School:
Smith Creek Soccer Center, 690 Heritage Lake Road;
Hope Lutheran Church, 3525 Rogers Road;
Heritage Middle School, 3400 Rogers Road;
Heritage Elementary School, 3500 Rogers Road
The free shuttle will run continuously and drop off visitors in one location on the Heritage High School campus. The final shuttle will depart from Heritage High School at approximately 11 p.m.
The Independence Day revelry continues on Wednesday, 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 festivities conclude at 11 a.m. with Arts & Games in the Park. children of all ages will have the opportunity to create a variety of interesting arts and crafts projects, join in a slew of games and activities, and enjoy giant inflatables. All of these festivities will take place at Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Ave. and R.H. Forrest Field, 123 W. Owen Ave.
Game activities will take place at Holding Park and include sack races, a watermelon seed-spitting contest and a pie-eating contest.
Sponsored by the Wake Forest Woman’s Club, arts and crafts activities will take place inside the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave., and will include the making of various patriotic-themed crafts for all ages, cupcake decorating, tattoos, stickers and a photo booth complete with costumes.
The Children’s Parade and Art & Games in the Park are free and open to the public.
In case of inclement weather, updated event information will be posted on the Town of Wake Forest website and the Town’s Facebook page. In addition, smartphone users who have downloaded the Town of Wake Forest app will receive a push notification message informing them of any schedule changes.
The following sponsors have generously contributed to the 2018 Independence Day Celebration: PowerSecure, Gladwell Orthodontics, Capital PowerSports, Mitchell Heating & Cooling, Crossroads Ford of Wake Forest, Champion Windows, The College at Southeastern, Sam’s Club, McPherson Family Eye Care, Kerr Family YMCA, Passanante’s Home Food Services, LeafFilter North of North Carolina, British Swim School, Vision Martial Arts, Birkner Insurance, Rainbow Child Care Center, Heritage Eye Care, Candlewood Suites, Opendoor, HomeAdvisor, the Wake Forest Woman’s Club and Hope Lutheran Church.
Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to this year’s two-day Independence Day 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 searching for “Town of Wake Forest” on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, or in Google Play or by scanning the appropriate QR code provided at www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.
For more information about Wake Forest’s 2018 Independence Day Celebration, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/independence-day-celebration.aspx.