The Fourth of July weekend is creeping up on us fast. Start making plans now to light up your Independence Day weekend! We’ve hand-picked 11 events and celebrations you are guaranteed to enjoy.

Fireworks show at Kenan Auditorium

According to Travel & Leisure magazine, Chapel Hill is ranked as one of “America’s Top 10 Best Towns for a July Fourth Celebration.” We have to agree with them, our very own, Ron Stutts will be hosting the main stage at this great event and fireworks display.

Town of Carrboro Fourth of July Celebration

The Carrboro Fourth of July Celebration will take place at the Carrboro Town Hall beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Weaver Street Market lawn. Enjoy a parade starting at 10:50 a.m. plus a kids zone, games, food and live music.

Four on the Fourth in Carrboro

Start the Fourth of July with a run or walk around Carrboro. This four mile races starts at 8 a.m. at McDougle Middle School. Children are welcome to race for free in the “Little Firecracker” races. The registration fee is $30 until July 2 when the price increase to $35.

Picnic in the Park with Music Makers

Celebrate Independence Day in Hillsborough July 2, at Eno River Farmers Market Pavillion. A community picnic with food trucks, yard games and live music from Music Makers Relief Foundation.

Fourth of July at Roost

Celebrate Fourth of July at Fearrington Village! The Roost Beer Garden will be open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with live music by, Mark Holland. Enjoy wood-fired pizzas, local brews and wine by the glass.

Siler City Hometown Fourth

Historic downtown Siler City is the perfect place to celebrate Independence Day. On Saturday, July 1, bring the entire family out and enjoy hot dogs, inflatable water slides, carnival games, face painting and craft vendors. The ceremony kicks off at 9 a.m.

First Sunday Pittsboro

Downtown Pittsboro is full of shops, eateries and festivities. On Sunday, July 2, come out for Summerfest. Enjoy live music, an artisan market, bicycle parade, corn hole tournament, a dunking booth and more!

Concert on the Village Green

Pack a picnic and enjoy free live music from Triple Fret on the Village Green at Southern Village. Music starts at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 2.

Energetic Outdoor Yoga

Kickoff your Fourth of July weekend festivities with a healthy dose of yoga. Join Hannah Byrum for a lakeside energetic stretch Sunday, July 2, from 10 a.m to 11:30 a.m. Donations suggested.

Festival of the Eno

The 38th Festival of the Eno takes place Saturday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 4. Over 70 bands and four stages of entertainment. A food court filled with local vendors, a beer garden, dance workshops, children activities, and local crafts and artisans.

Durham Bulls vs’ Charlotte Knights

Enjoy an evening of baseball and fireworks July 4. The Durham Bulls take on the Charlotte Knights at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. First pitch at 6:05 p.m. followed by a fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.