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Beat the local Fourth of July summertime blues, from Raleigh to abroad. Happy birthday America! 1776, a year in celebrating victory. 2014, 238 years later, and the celebration continues. Locals look forward to stars and stripes, red-white-blue decorations, American Revolution symbols, songs, sayings and quotes, an honorable toast, a gracious host, and a respect for pyrotechnics each Fourth of July. Do you have plans this Independence Day?

The 'Works!

Boxed between Salisbury Street, Wilmington Street, Morgan Street and Lenoir Street stands one Independence Day party locals do not want to miss. There's something for everyone.

Prepare for a festive Fayetteville Street and the Red Hat Amphitheater from noon until 11 p.m. this Friday. The July 4th celebration, since moved from the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, has attracted visitors to the City of Oaks. From bleachers to blankets, lots for spots, locals remain creative to see the fireworks display in the city sky.

Fireworks begin at 9:30 from the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. That's the finale. There's more.

Live music during the afternoon and evening. Do you need anything else? Slew of bands, 3 stages (Morgan St., Plaza, Red Hat). A garden - FOR BEER! Called the Beer Garden, of over 25 m-brews, where participants must be over 21 yrs of age (begins at 5 p.m.).

Got kids? Picnics, kids rides, games, Circus Maximus (again), street performers, eating contests, vendors, a Waterworks Zone (noon - 7) and more, much more.

Go VIP for a moment by stamping 4 of the 5 activities participating at The 'Works and enjoy a spot in the VIP Zone. The 5 activities include the hot dog eating contest, watermelon seed spitting contest, Gouge Wrestling, ice cream eating contest, or participating in 'Work of Art. Visit Raleigh Convention or Twitter for more.

Koka Ca-Cary!

Koka Booth Amphitheater opens their gates at 3 p.m. and offers a Kids Zone (3 - 8 p.m.) full of activities, games, etc. Cary Town Band plays at 5:45 followed by the N.C. Symphony. N.C. Symphony is followed by the main event. Fireworks! Visit Koka for details.

Not feeling it? Try hosting a July 4th party.

Most items you already own. Plates, cups, utensils, trash bags, napkins, paper towels, and whatever red-white-blue decor you can come up with. Food a must. Snacks, crackers and cheese spread. Drinks a plus. Tea, juice, cola, coffee, water, beer, wine or liquor enhanced.

Tip: You're responsible for your guests. So drink responsibly.

Play music or crank up the karaoke machine, fireworks premier as background entertainment. Fire up the grill. Have your own fireworks display. Use fireworks wisely or invite a pyrotechnics specialist.

Definitely a picnic potential cookout. Pack a picnic for a park that has a working grill or fire pit. Charcoal, lighter fluid, a lighting device, a blanket, food and drinks - a nice start to a Fourth of July picnic.

The beach!

Don't miss out on the sunrise, surf, sail, sea life, swim, sandcastles, sunbathing and salty ocean air each passing summer. Visit a lighthouse, take a ferry, walk the shoreline, watch the fireworks permitted. A trip worthy of July since August is usually jellyfish month.

If all fails, watch "The Patriot" and "Fourth of July" for the hundredth time. Or ABC11 to watch The 'Works live.

Related; Raleigh Convention Center, The 'Works, http://www.raleighconvention.com/works/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/WORKS2...

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