■ New Bern – Lawson Creek Park – 1309 Country Club Road:

Festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a misting tent, bounce houses, games, food and beverage concessions, deejay music and dance contests.

Fireworks are at 9:15 p.m.

Handicapped accessible parking will be available at Lawson Creek Park.

Other parking inside the park will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Overflow parking will be available nearby at Temple Baptist Church,1500 Kingdom Way and the Twin Rivers YMCA, 100 YMCA Lane.

The city will also offer shuttle service from Stanley White Recreation Center, 901 Chapman St. The shuttle will run about every 20 minutes from 4 to 8 p.m. and resume once the fireworks show is over.


■ River Bend Fourth - Town Commons - 45 Shoreline Drive:

Annual parade is at 10:30 a.m., with opening ceremonies at 11 a.m.

The food line opens at 11:30 a.m. and a cake walk is at noon. The $3 meals include hot dogs and fixings.

The celebration continues into the afternoon with children games, a moonwalk, bounce house, kayaks, antique vehicles, horses, motorcycles, live music by The Bears oldies band and volleyball games.


■ Havelock Freedom Festival – Havelock City Park – East Front Street/U.S. 70:

The Havelock Parks and Recreation Department sponsors the events from 5 to 9 p.m., with fireworks wrapping up the festivities.

The festival includes a variety of games and entertainment such as a Hula Hoop contest, pizza eating contest, pie eating contest, three-legged race and egg toss.

The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band will headline the entertainment, along with Megan McVickers and Amber Lewis.


■ Tryon Palace Independence Day – Intersection of Pollock and George streets, New Bern:

The Glorious Forth starts at 10 a.m. on the Palace grounds and ends at the North Carolina History Center, 529 S. Front St., with 9:15 p.m. City of New Bern fireworks.

Events includes historical interpreters, games and crafts, exhibitions, and a performance by the Fife and Drum Corps at 11 a.m., followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence/

There is also a firing demonstration by the N.C. Continental Line and free access to the Palace gardens.

The evening Independence Night includes food, live music, and fireworks at the North Carolina History Center and Bate Commons Waterfront, 529 S. Front St., starting at 5:30 p.m.

It will include children's games, face painting and bouncy houses, as well as live performances from Tellico, Strung Together, Jonkonnu, and Atumpan. Additionally, food and Italian ice will be available for purchase at the food truck roundup.

The evening activities will end with a waterfront view of the New Bern fireworks.