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The 'Works

The 'Works: July 4th on Fayetteville Street


  • Thursday, July 4, 2013 12 noon-11 pm

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Once again, Downtown Raleigh will be the one and only host of the City’s Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza. This is a free event on Fayetteville Street and the Red Hat Amphitheater.

Mayor Announces Two Fireworks Shows for 'The Works' Downtown on Independence Day

Mayor Nancy McFarlane, on June 5, announced there will be two fireworks displays at the City’s Downtown July 4th celebration. The Fayetteville Street Show will light up at 9:15 pm and the Red Hat Amphitheater Show is at 10:15 pm.

“The earlier Fayetteville Street show will be for everyone’s enjoyment but especially those with younger children who may be growing weary,” the Mayor explained. The Fayetteville Street fireworks will be launched from the surface parking lot bounded by South, Wilmington, Lenoir and Salisbury streets directly across from the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

The 10:15 pm fireworks will be best viewed west of Fayetteville Street, in the Red Hat Amphitheater vicinity. Making this display even more enjoyable will be the free concerts in the Downtown, outdoor venue. Doors will open at 5 pm and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The music will get cranked at 6 pm with the Chris Hendricks Band, followed at 7:15 pm by Cravin Melon, with American Aquarium taking the stage at 8:30 pm and adding another show after the conclusion of the fireworks.

“We are extremely grateful to OneMain Financial for adding this free concert in the Red Hat Amphitheater to ‘The ‘Works’ lineup this year,” Mayor McFarlane said.

The Mayor also thanked Chit Nasty Band for the funky/soulful sounds it delivered before and after “The ‘Works” press conference that was held mid-day on City Plaza.

“The ‘Works” is sponsored by the City of Raleigh and ABC11.

All Downtown City of Raleigh parking garages will be staffed from noon to 11 pm on July 4. There will be a charge of $5 upon entry.

Starting at Noon

Starting at noon and not stopping until 11 p.m., Downtown Raleigh will celebrate American freedom with two stages and 16 bands on Fayetteville Street. The stages will be at City Plaza and at Morgan on Fayetteville Street.

More than 100 food and art vendors will line Fayetteville Street. The kids’ zone will offer rides, games and a water area for the entertainment of the youngest American patriots. A beer and wine tent will keep guests cool and mellow. Sportbike freestyle and Red Bull athlete Aaron Colton will perform multiple shows on Fayetteville Street. He will have some competition from roving street performers ranging from fire spinners, partner acrobatics and stilt walkers. Gouge Wrestling will enliven the crowd with multiple shows throughout the day.

Please note that All Capital Area Transit and Triangle Transit Authority buses will not operate on July 4. Regular bus service resumes on July 5.

The R-LINE bus, which provides free rides, will be running on July 4 to take people to “The ‘Works,” a July 4 celebration held in Downtown Raleigh.

The R-LINE will be operating from noon to midnight on Independence Day. The bus serves areas of Downtown and nearby Glenwood South. People attending the July 4 celebration can park their vehicles along streets in and around Downtown and Glenwood South and catch the R-LINE at one of its designated stops. Some changes have been made in R-LINE’s route on July 4 because of detours related to “The ‘Works.” The changes are:

• From noon to 9 p.m. the R-LINE will serve all of its stops, including those in the Warehouse District, but will not serve the R12-Amtrak stop; and,
• From 9 p.m. to midnight, the R-LINE will not provide service to areas south of Morgan Street. Riders who want to go to Fayetteville Street for “The ‘Works” after 9 p.m. should get off the bus at the R20-New Bern Place stop.

For more information on the R-LINE’s route on Independence Day, contact 919-485-7433 or visit the City of Raleigh’s website at www.raleighnc.gov/transit. The R-LINE will be the only Capital Area Transit bus operating on July 4. Regular bus service resumes on July 5.

For more information on activities at “The ‘Works” July 4 celebration in Downtown Raleigh, visit www.raleighconvention.com/works/. “The ‘Works” is sponsored by the City of Raleigh and ABC11.

Associated Street Closures:

The following streets will be closed from Wednesday, July 3 at 7 pm until Friday, July 5 at 2 am: The 100, 200, 300 and 400 blocks of Fayetteville St. from Morgan St.to the south end of the City Plaza. The Marriott Circle will remain accessible. The 00 blocks of Hargett, Martin and Davie St. will be closed. The following streets will be closed from 9:15 pm until 10:15 pm on July 4 for safety measures surrounding the early fireworks show: the 00 blocks of Lenoir and South St. and the 600 blocks of Wilmington and Salisbury St. In addition, the following streets will be closed from 10 pm until 10:45 pm on July 4 for safety measures surrounding the later fireworks show: S. Dawson St. from W. Lenoir St. to MLK Blvd., W. South St. from S. Dawson St. to S. McDowell St., S. McDowell St. from MLK Blvd. to W. Lenoir St. All parking spaces on the east side of the 500 block of Fayetteville St. from the south end of the City Plaza to Lenoir St. will be encumbered. The granting of these closures gives grantee sole and exclusive use of the designated areas, including sidewalks within the enclosed area during the designated dates and times.