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July 4 2012 Celebration

The 'WORKS! July 4th on Fayetteville Street


  • Wednesday, July 4, 2012 12 noon-10 pm (See website for full schedule)

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As the skies light up, you’ll find an exciting new world of entertainment, great eats and cool drinks throughout downtown. Independence Day isn’t just about nighttime anymore. Family attractions such as bounce houses, eating contests and more start up at noon. Bands crank up around 3:30pm, with the fireworks taking center stage once darkness falls around 9:30pm.

Plus, Sir Walter declares there will be plenty of parking and easy access in and out.

The City of Raleigh is bringing the 236th national birthday celebration to Downtown Raleigh, along with sponsors ABC11 and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.


Six Hours of Music


            For six straight hours – 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – music of every flavor will flow from two stages – Morgan and Fayetteville streets and City Plaza.


             Spanish/flamenco guitarist Ed Stephenson gets in the first licks at 3:30 on City Plaza.  At 4 p.m., Raleigh roots-rock masters Milagro Saints will take the stage on Morgan Street to produce a sound influenced by the best of Bob Dylan, The Band and Gene Clark.


            At 5 p.m., Children of the Horn take the City Plaza stage. Combining soul, funk, rhythm and blues and world music, Children of the Horn’s music ranges from funk to New Orleans Second Line styles.

           Raleigh native and bluesman Jon Jackson will begin performing at 5:30 p.m. on the Morgan Street stage.  Merging a Southern twang with a gifted voice, these days the 23-year-old is working in the studio on his debut solo album.


            City Plaza will fill with the sounds of the Gravy Boys at 7 p.m. The local quintet is working on its third CD of acoustic Americana.


              At the same time on the north end of the street, Durham native Chris Hendricks will perform his blend of blues and pop. His set will be followed by local favorites, Holy Ghost Tent Revival. The Greensboro band is a mixture of traditional music with Newgrass-steeped folk pop, punctuated by upbeat banjos, horns and harmonizing vocals.


             At 8:15 p.m., the plaza beckons to Independence Days of years past with the Big Band swing sound of Casablanca Orchestra. Featuring singer Debbie Bennett, the orchestra ranges from swing jazz to blues standards to rock-and-roll oldies.



 Food – From Fun to Fabulous!


          Along with our independence, Raleigh revelers will have every opportunity to celebrate being in the land of plenty and tasty.  Downtown restaurants will offer their temptations on the sidewalks outside their establishments. Other eateries and food vendors will be located in areas along Davie, Martin or Hargett streets, near the Fayetteville Street intersection.


          Downtown restaurants that have signed up to participate in “The ‘Works” are: 


 ·         Isaac Hunter’s Oak City Tavern -- Cornhole and other tailgating games will also be offered; 

·         Raleigh Times Bar -- Live music and barbecue will be featured;

·         The Oxford – Raleigh’s first gastropub will have tailgating games; 

·         Sono – a Japanese restaurant that also will offer tailgating games; 

·         La Volta – an authentic Italian restaurant; 

·         Buku – specializing in international dishes; and, 

·         Busy Bee Café – offering really good organic food.   

The following food vendors will be selling a variety of concessions at "The ‘Works": 


·         CJ's Turkey Legs; 

·         FoodLand;

·         Tropical Island Concessions;

·         Beal Bartholomew;

·         Jeffery’s Concessions; 

·         Wolff’s Backyard Cuisine;

·         D&J Concessions; 

·         Southern Flavor;

·         Party in a Pita;

·         Hibachi Express;

·         Sweet Cakes;

·         S2 concessions;

·         Kona Ice; and,

·         Masterpiece ice Cream. 

 Eating Contests


        The Downtown Raleigh Rotary Club will continue a North Carolina July 4th tradition by offering watermelon slices to hot, tired and thirsty Downtown Raleigh visitors during “The ‘Works.”  Slices of sweet, cold, refreshing goodness will be available for $0.50 from a truck parked on Martin Street between Fayetteville and Salisbury streets.  All proceeds go to the Rotary Club of Raleigh Foundation to fund grants to local organizations.


            Three watermelon-seed spitting competitions will be held at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. There will be two age divisions; those 12 and younger, and everybody else.  

           What kind of Independence Day celebration would it be without a hot dog eating contest?  Well, “The ‘Works” is offering two! The wiener woofers will bring their game to Martin Street near Fayetteville Street at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The winners will be awarded gift certificates from Downtown restaurants.

           Lumpy’s Ice Cream will hold eating contests on Martin Street at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. 

 Art Vendors on 200 Block

Art vendors will be displaying and selling their wares at “The‘Works” July 4th Fayetteville Street celebration in Downtown Raleigh. They will be set up along the sidewalk generally in the 200 block of Fayetteville Street during the daylong City-sponsored event that kicks off at noon.

The vendors that will have displays at “The ‘Works” and their products are:

·         Tiffany Coley Artisan Jewelry, colorful enameled jewelry and accessories;

·         Swirling Silver, semi-precious metal jewelry and accessories featuring unique patinas and hand-stamping;

·         La Te Da, an eclectic mix of appealing and colorful jewelry and accessories made from a variety of materials;

·         Lucky Accessories, unique and finely crafted jewelry featuring enamel work, fine bead and wire work, and repurposed coin pendants;

·         Sissy and Jack’s, a wide range of jewelry with stamped charms and fascinating beads;

·         House of Swank, uniquely designed printed T-shirts that promote Raleigh and North Carolina;

·         Rebus Works, a curated collection featuring the works of many celebrated regional and national artists;

·         Plastic Flame Press, intricately illustrated screen printed posters showing some of the area’s and nation’s popular indie bands;

·         Up 2 the Minute, eclectic handmade fashion accessories;

·         Metamorphosis, semi-precious metal work jewelry and accessories;

·         WoodCrafty, hand-carved wooden jewelry and accessories;

·         Cockamamie Designs, opulent jewelry with antique beads and findings;

·         Skilly Gilmore Hand-Pulled Prints, boldly-designed screen printed posters, cards and other items;

·         Pam Or, colorful accessories made from unique materials;

·         Whispering Willow, handmade cosmetics; and,

·         Araleigh Studio, finely crafted artisan jewelry with semi-precious stones and metals.

Americana and Young Fun Featured

 “The ‘Works” will be bursting at the seams with fun stuff for kids and the most traditional of Americana celebratory activities. 

Martin Street will be the scene of The Kid’s Zone, which will feature an inflatable bounce house and games for a small fee.  Also at the Kid’s Zone, train rides will be available for 50 cents each. 

 GOUGE Wrestling’s squared circle will be located at the corner of Hargett Street and Fayetteville Street with performances at 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  Join Count Grog and the Gouge Wrestling personalities for matches featuring:

·      GOUGE Heavyweight Champion Jimmy Jack Funk Jr. defending the title against Ring of Honor star, Cedric Alexander;

·      North Carolina Heavyweight Champion Damien Wayne taking on Lou Marconi with Count Grog;

·      GOUGE Tag Team Champions Boogie Woogie Man Rob McBride and Seymour Snott against Bad Romance (Mickey Gambino and Handsome Frank Stalletto);

·      Jaheem the Dream meeting Crumb the Bum; and,

·      Raleigh Champion Otto Schwanz with Admir Al Akbar defending the Raleigh title in a free-for-all battle royal with other wrestlers to be announced.


          GOUGE Wrestling began in 2006 when wrestling promoter Greg Mosorjak, known as "Count Grog", promoted the first GOUGE Wrestling event at King's Barcade in Raleigh. GOUGE Wrestling mixes a comedic view of some of professional wrestling’s most popular gimmicks, with some of the hottest up and coming wrestlers on the independent scene. GOUGE Wrestling and its superstars have hosted events all around North Carolina. For more information, visit the GOUGE Wrestling website at www.gougewrestling.com

           Revelers will find 20 picnic tables on the 400 block of Fayetteville Street to accommodate diners whose fare is from a street vendor, a Downtown restaurant or their very own picnic basket.

           King BMX bike stunt performances will come down at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Street entertainers and fire twirlers will be seen throughout Fayetteville Street from noon to 10 p.m.

Beer and Wine Tasting Tent

           A beer and wine tasting tent at West Hargett and Fayetteville Street will offer more than 25 different microbrews and a selection of 12 fine wines.  Ten dollars will get you an eight-punch pass. One punch is a three-ounce pour. 

           North Carolina brews that will be on tap will be Railhouse with three microbrews and Carolina Brewing Company with four microbrews.


           Also on top will be: Sierra Nevada, Leinekugel, Latis Import, Dos Equis, Sam Adams, Yuengling, Lagunitas, Newcastle, Anchor Brewery, Narragansett, Crispin and North American Brewery.  


In celebration of America’s 236th birthday, Raleigh will close out its Downtown Independence Day celebration with a boisterous fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.  on the south end of Fayetteville Street in front of the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

Associated Street Closures:

The following streets will be closed from Tuesday, July 3rd at 7:00pm until Thursday, July 5th at 2:00am: The 100, 200, 300, and 400 blocks of Fayetteville Street from Morgan to the south end of City Plaza. The 00 blocks of Hargett, Martin, and Davie streets. Parking spaces on the east side of the 500 block of Fayetteville Street from the south end of City Plaza to Lenoir Street will be encumbered. Additionally, for safety measures surrounding a fireworks show on July 4th, from 9:15pm-10:15pm the 00 blocks of Lenoir and South streets and the 600 blocks of Wilmington and Salisbury streets will be closed.