June 29, 2015

2015 Independence Day Celebrations

People in central NC don’t have to look far for fun options for celebrating Independence Day. with their families. Make sure you shop at our local farms and farmers' markets for your July 4th feast.

And after you've eaten, check out one of these local 4th of July events and festivals:

In Lee County

Ammons Farm's Annual 4th of July Celebration
Where: Field beside Sanford Health and Rehab, 2702 Farrell Road, Sanford NC (map)
When: July 4, 5-10p
What: Fireworks will begin at 9:15p.
Important: The Lee County Sheriff's Office and NC DOT will close Farrell Road once the parking lots are full. There will be no roadside parking. Local residents will need to present ID to pass through the barricades.
Note: Details are still pending.

July 4th on the Lake and Lawn at Carolina Trace
Where: 51 Traceway S, Sanford NC
When: 3p-sunset
What: Lawn games for all ages, a bounce house, and a parade. A traditional pig pickin' will begin at 7p. The meal will cost $24.99 for adults or $12.99 for kids. Contact Dawn at 919-499-5121 x206 or dstanek@caroliantracecc.com to reserve your spot.

Celebrations In The Central Carolina Region

Town of Fuquay-Varina's July 3rd Celebration
Where: South Park (820 S. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina NC)
When: July 3, 6p
What: Enjoy live music, inflatables, rides, and activities for children; and a fireworks show will begin at sundown.
Price: This is a free event.

Independence Day Olde Time Celebration
Where: Bond Park, 801 High House Rd, Cary NC
When: July 4, 7:30a-3p
What: The day starts with a fishing tournament, parade, and family-friendly competitions for all ages.

Village of Pinehurst's 4th of July Celebration
Where: Pinehurst Harness Track, 200 Beulah Hill Road S, Pinehurst NC
When: July 4, 9a-12p
What: Festivities will kick off with a cutest pet contest (registration at 8:30a,awards at 9:15a). The parade will begin at 10a. After, there will be antique cars, a farmers' market, and more.
Price: There is no admission fee.

Raleigh Convention Center's July 4th Street Festival
Where: Fayetteville Street, Raleigh NC
When: July 4, 12-11p
What: Activities include a bike stunt show, eating contests, live music, a kids' zone, and more. Fireworks begin at 9:30p. Here is a schedule and map.
Price: No fee.

July 4th Celebration in Lillington NC
Where: Cape Fear River access next to Howard’s BBQ
When: 2-7p
What: The town will hold a day of events, starting with food, drinks, a dj, and games. They’ll also have a Duck Derby and Duck Rodeo.

Town Of Cary's Independence Day Celebration
Where: Koka Booth Ampitheatre (map)
When: July 4, 3-10p
What: Family Fun Zone featuring food along with children's activities from 3-7pm. Performances by the Cary Town Band and NC Symphony starting at 5:45pm. Fireworks begin after the concert.
Price: Concerts and display are free and open to the public.

4th of July Celebration at Fort Bragg
Where:
Main Post Parade Field, Bragg Blvd, Fort Bragg NC
When: July 4, 3-10p
What: There will be a day of musical acts, parachute free-fall demos, a flag ceremony, and more. Fireworks will begin after dark.
Price: Free and open to the public.

Town of Aberdeen's Fun Family Fourth of July
Where: Aberdeen Lake Park, 301 Lake Park Crossing, Aberdeen NC (map)
When: July 4 at 5-10p
What: The event will start with activities and games -- including face painting, cornhole, duck pond, crafts, and bouncy castles -- for all age groups. Live music will begin at 6 pm. Fireworks will begin at nightfall.
Price: Admission to the park is free. A wristband for games, activities, and face painting is $5 per person.

Town of Lillington July 4th Celebration
Where: Cape Fear River access next to Howard’s BBQ, 100 S. Main Street, Lillington NC
When: 5-10p
What: The town will hold a day of events, starting with food, drinks, a dj, and games. They’ll also have a Duck Derby and Duck Rodeo.

Village of Pinehurst's 4th of July Fireworks
Where: Pinehurst Harness Track, 200 Beulah Hill Road S, Pinehurst NC
When: 6-9:15p
What: The day will pick up at 6p at the Pinehurst Harness Track with live music at 6p and fireworks at 9:15p. Food and beverages will be available for purchase or you can bring your own.
Price: There is no admission fee.

Town of Lillington 4th of July Celebration
Where:
Lillington Ball Park, 405 S. 1st Street, Lillington NC
When: July 4, 6:30-10p
What: Live music, games, a car show, and a variety of food vendors. Fireworks will begin at 9:15p.
Price: Free.

NO FIREWORKS

Free Symphony Concert at Festival Park
Where: Corner of Ray Avenue and Rowan Street, Fayetteville NC
When: July 1, 8p
What: The NC Symphony will present an old-fashioned salute to the red, white and blue with patriotic favorites and high-spirited classics honoring the USA on its birthday.

Apex's Olde Fashioned 4th of July
Where: downtown Apex NC
When: July 4, 9a-1p
What: There will be inflatables, games, activities and more followed by a themed bike parade. The event ends with the fire department's Splash Down. No fireworks.
Price: Free

Siler City Hometown 4th
Where: downtown Siler City
When: July 4, 9a-2p
What: Music, inflatables, vendors, and more.
Price: Free

Town of Carthage's Annual July 4th Parade
Where: Will start at Monroe Street and end at the county courthouse in Downtown Carthage
When: July 4 at 11a
What: Patriotic parade complete with themed floats, cars, bands, youth groups, and more.
Price: The event is free.

Did we miss your favorite July 4th celebration? Let us know about it and we'll add it to the list!

Social Buzz, June 29

Monday's highlights:
  • Subscribers received the daily Social Buzz and this year’s July 4th Guide in their email inboxes this morning. Visit www.socialsanford.com to subscribe and ensure you’re in the know!
  • Don’t forget about Sanford City Council’s open meeting to review Charah, Inc.’s request for a wastewater discharge permit. The meeting starts at 5p today at City Hall.
  • The Keystone Firework Tent is offering specials, deals, and freebies each day this week. Go like their page if you’re planning on buying fireworks this year.
  • Take a 2-mile sunset hike at Raven Rock tomorrow (7:45p). Meet at the picnic shelter and don’t forget your flashlight.
Do more: See our full calendar for the day on Facebook or right here on our website.

June 25, 2015

Weekend Roundup, June 26-28



Skip ahead:
Friday in Sanford/Lee County NC
  • Predators at Raven Rock State Park, 3009 Raven Rock Rd, Lillington NC
    When:
    2-3p
    What: The top predators of the park all have unique adaptations that help make them the kings or queens of the animal world. Learn how these predators stay on top of the food chain. Bring a creative mind to create your own “creatures of Raven Rock.” Meet at the Visitor Center.

Saturday in Sanford/Lee County NC

  • Personal Safety For Families in Depot Park, 106 Charlotte Avenue, Sanford NC
    When:
    9a
    What: Learn basic self defense techniques for adults and children from Black Belt Leadership Academy's Master Jackson. This will be a great opportunity to find a National Night Out event in your area, ask questions, or win a prize for your event. Please remember to bring a food item or school supply to donate to the CUOC.
  • Sanford Farmer's Market at Depot Park, 106 Charlotte Ave, Sanford NC
    When:
    9a-12p
    What: Shop for locally grown or handcrafted products. Payment can be credit, debit, and SNAP EBT. The NC Extension Center's master gardeners will be at the market for a plant clinic. Bring problem plants in a baggie or container to be diagnosed.
  • Job Fair at Mega Force Staffing Group, 2511 Fayetteville Street, Sanford NC
    When:
    10a-1p
    What: The agency is hiring for several positions. Call 919-774-8500 for more information.
  • Pollinator Party at Raven Rock State Park, 3009 Raven Rock Rd, Lillington NC
    When:
    10a-2p
    What: There will be fun educational activities to learn about pollinators. Susan Campbell, Naturalist and Hummingbird expert, will talk about hummingbirds and she will be available for hummingbird question and answers. A local beekeeper will have live bees. Fun for all ages. Learn why pollinators are so vital to our well-being. Come dressed in a pollinator or flower costume, even dress up your pet. Meet at the visitor center.
  • Civil War Train Reenactment at New Hope Valley Railway,  3900 Bonsal Rd, New Hill NC
    When:
    10a-4:15p
    What: Travel back to April 1865 to recreate the Civil War's last battle. You’ll experience what it was like to be a Confederate soldier escaping the Union Army on a train. Tickets are $25 each for ages 2+.
  • Picnic at St. Luke UMC, 2916 Wicker Street, Sanford NC
    When:
    11:30a
    What: The Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society is holding its annual picnic. Bring your favorite covered dish to share. Call 919-774-7941 for more information.
  • Swimming at O.T. Sloan Pool, 1420 Bragg St, Sanford NC
    When:
    1-5p
    What: The pool is open on weekends only until June 10. Entry is $3 per person.
  • Paddle Boats & Kayaks at San Lee Park, 572 Pumping Station Rd, Sanford NC
    When:
    1-6p
    What: Rent paddle boats for $3 per 30 minutes or kayaks for $5 per 30 minutes.
  • Cruise-In at Brick City Grill, 120 Bank St, Sanford NC
    When:
    4p
    What: See muscle cars, race cars, custom trucks, and more. They’ll also offer music, food, and a 50-50 raffle.
  • Family Fun Day at Kiwanis Park, 1800 Wicker Street, Sanford NC
    When:
    4-7p
    What: Re/Max invites families for fun that includes hot air balloon rides. Bring a side dish or dessert to share.
  • Live Music at UnWINEd, 237 Center Grove Church Rd, Moncure NC
    When:
    8-10:30p
    What: Tom Compa and Matthew Bahr will perform.

Sunday in Sanford/Lee County NC

  • Civil War Train Reenactment at New Hope Valley Railway, 3900 Bonsal Rd, New Hill NC
    When:
    10a-1:45p
    What: Travel back to April 1865 to recreate the Civil War's last battle. You’ll experience what it was like to be a Confederate soldier escaping the Union Army on a train. Tickets are $25 each for ages 2+.
  • Swimming at O.T. Sloan Pool, 1420 Bragg St, Sanford NC
    When:
    1-5p
    What: The pool is open on weekends only until June 10. Entry is $3 per person.
  • Paddle Boats & Kayaks at San Lee Park, 572 Pumping Station Rd, Sanford NC
    When:
    1-6p
    What: Rent paddle boats for $3 per 30 minutes or kayaks for $5 per 30 minutes.

Want your event added to the Weekend Roundup? Post it in the comments or send it over to get it added.

Social Buzz, June 25

Thursday's top posts:
  • Mega Force Staffing Group is holding a job fair on Saturday at 2511 Fayetteville Street (10a-1p). They’re hiring for several positions. Call 919-774-8500 for more information.
  • The Sandhills Food Bank needs drivers for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in Pinehurst (July 29-August 1). Volunteers will receive lunch, a hat, and a t-shirt. Contact Michael at 910-494-0155 or mcotten@foodbankcenc.org to get started.
Do more: See our full calendar for the day on Facebook or right here on our website.

June 24, 2015

Social Buzz, June 24

Wednesday's highlights:
  • San-Lee Chapel is throwing a special needs prom on Saturday. They need prom dresses, especially in larger sizes. Call Brandi at 919-353-8428 for details.
  • The Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society’s summer picnic will be this Saturday at St. Luke UMC’s Harris Youth House (11:30a). Bring your favorite covered dish to share. Call 919-774-7941 for more information.
  • The Salvation Army of Lee County is distributing box fans to local residents in need. For full eligibility details, to donate a fan, or to make a monetary donation to help fund the program, call 919-718-1717.
Do more: See our full calendar for the day on Facebook or right here on our website.