2019 Independence Day Celebration set for July 3-4

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 5:01pm

Fireworks, games, live entertainment and more await you at Wake Forest’s 2019 Independence Day Celebration. Presented by Power Secure, this community extravaganza is the Town’s most eagerly anticipated summertime event serving up two days’ worth of free fun and excitement for the entire family.

The festivities get underway with the Fireworks Spectacular on Wednesday, 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.

Sleeping Booty, 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.

Picnic baskets and/or coolers will be allowed, but alcoholic beverages, smoking, glass and pets are strictly prohibited on the school campus. In addition, no bicycles are allowed inside the stadium, and no chairs or blankets will be permitted on the stadium track.

Concessions, including hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and snow cones will be available for purchase at the stadium concession stand. A variety of food and dessert trucks will also be on site, including Charlie's Kabob, Brooklyn Boys Pizza, Soul Fresh Spring Rolls, Fuzzy's Empanadas, Mr. Cheesesteak, The Wandering Moose, Bulkogi, BBQ Proper, Lumpy's, Kona Ice, Jays Italian Ice, Sunshine Girls Lemonade, Frostbites and Bruster’s Real Ice Cream.

Handicap parking (by identification only) and regular parking will be available in designated areas on the school campus.

A free shuttle service will be offered again this year, 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 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 – this year in a dedicated travel lane along Forestville Road - and drop off visitors in one location on the Heritage High School campus. The final shuttle will depart the school at approximately 11 p.m.

Individuals with sensory sensitivities can check out sensory support items, including noise canceling headphones, weighted blankets and fidgets, at the Wake Forest Information Tent located inside Husky Stadium. Anyone wishing to obtain one or more of these items will be required to provide a photo ID which will be returned upon checking the items back in. For more information, contact Specialized Recreation Specialist Kelly Schurtz at kschurtz@wakeforestnc.gov.

An event map highlighting important points of interest at this year's Fireworks Spectacular, including parking, restrooms, concessions and more, is available on the Town’s website at http://bit.ly/WFFireworksSpectacular.

The Independence Day revelry continues Thursday, July 4, with the popular Children’s Parade. 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 Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St. The procession will get underway at 10:30 a.m.

This year’s route will extend from North Main Street, south through the campus of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and west onto South Avenue, before turning south on South College Street and ending at the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave. Participation in the Children’s Parade is free, but bicyclists are encouraged to wear their helmets. Please note: Wake Forest Police will be on hand to manage traffic and help ensure the safety of the parade participants.

The Independence Day festivities will conclude at 11 a.m. with Art in the Park. Sponsored by the Wake Forest Woman’s Club, free arts and crafts activities will take place inside the Community House, including the creation of various patriotic-themed crafts for all ages, cupcake decorating and more. Children’s Parade participants are also invited to enjoy Holding Park, located adjacent to the Community House.

In case of inclement weather, updated event information about all the Independence Day festivities will be posted on the Town’s website, Nextdoor site and Facebook page and available by calling the Wake Forest Weather Line at 919-435-9569. Smart phone users who have downloaded the Town’s app will also receive a push notification message concerning any schedule changes.

The following sponsors have generously contributed to the 2019 Independence Day Celebration: PowerSecure, Gladwell Orthodontics, Capital PowerSports, Capital Chevrolet, Mitchell Heating & Cooling, O2 Fitness Clubs, Foxy 107/104, The College at Southeastern, McPherson Family Eye Care, Kerr Family YMCA, Sam’s Club, Mosquito Joe of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, British Swim School, Vision Martial Arts, Thomas Walters Allstate, Code Ninjas, Candlewood Suites, Hope Lutheran, Wild Birds Unlimited, Champion Windows and Wake Forest Woman's Club.

Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to this year’s Independence Day Celebration in the palm of their hands by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s "Independence Day Celebration" function. Designed to provide smart phone users with useful information about all this year’s festivities, the function offers instant access to the Fireworks Spectacular, Art 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/communications/app-download.

For more information about Wake Forest’s 2019 Independence Day Celebration, visit http://bit.ly/WFIndependenceDayCelebration.