Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day CelebrationNow that North Carolina has lifted all capacity restrictions and mask and social distancing requirements, the Town of Wake Forest is pleased to announce that the 2021 Independence Day Celebration is back and all events will be open for in-person viewing and participation.

Now in its 48th year, Wake Forest's annual celebration is one of our area's most eagerly-anticipated summer-time events serving up two days-worth of fun and excitement for the entire family - and it's all free!

2021 Festivities

Our 2021 community celebration will consist of the following events and activities:

Fireworks Spectacular
Saturday, July 3; Gates open at 7:30 p.m.
Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road
The fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. 

Children's Parade
Sponsored by the Wake Forest Optimist Club
Sunday, July 4; line-up begins at 1 p.m.; parade starts at 1:30 p.m.
Intersection of North Main Street and West Juniper Avenue, near the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St.

Art in the Park
Sponsored by the Wake Forest Woman's Club
Sunday, July 4; 2-4 p.m.
Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

Special Thanks

A very special thanks to Dawn Nakash, the Wake Forest Optimist Club, a group of incredible volunteers, and the Wake Forest Police Department for making this year's July 4 Children’s Parade possible.

A sincere thank you also to the Wake Forest Woman’s Club for once again sponsoring Art in the Park.


Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to this year’s Independence Day Celebration in the palm of their hand by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s "Independence Day Celebration" function. 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 here.

Inclement Weather

In case of inclement weather, updated information about all the Independence Day festivities will be posted on the Town website, Nextdoor site and Facebook page. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town app will also receive a push notification message concerning any schedule changes.


Independence Day Celebration
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Town of Wake Forest App

Download the free Town of Wake Forest App for instant access to all of this year's Independence Day Celebration festivities.