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Independence Day Fireworks 

When: Mon., July 4 2011

Trianglewide—Two hundred and thirty-five years ago, America worked its hardest to form an independent nation. Today, the fight is for the best fireworks in town. Don't be forced to haul your lawn chair across town for "Crazy Larry's Sparklerpalooza"—here are some of tonight's best attractions.

For family-friendly fun, head over to the Rolesville Community School Park. With tons of inflatables for the kids and fried food for the rest of us, this alcohol-free event is sure to wow with fireworks that begin at dusk. The festivities begin at 5 p.m.; visit rolesville4thofjuly.org for more on this free, nonprofit event.

The Triangle's biggest fireworks display will go off at the Koka Booth Amphetheatre after a performance by the North Carolina Symphony. Gates open at 3 p.m. for this free event, which includes an ice cream eating contest, a regatta and magic shows for kids. If picnic blankets aren't your thing, reserve a crescent table seat, which includes food and a preferred parking pass for $140. Visit boothamphitheatre.com.

For those looking to stay in Raleigh, the North Carolina State Fairgrounds seems to pack the most pre-fireworks activities into the afternoon. Gates open at 2:30 p.m. for guests to pick their spots and enjoy live music, inflatables and obstacle courses, and the intriguing "Got to be NC Watermelon Cutting." Visit ncstatefair.org.

If you can't make it to one of those events, Durham Bulls Athletic Park may be your best bet, as the Bulls will be setting off postgame fireworks July 1–4. If you'd rather not pay for a baseball ticket, the gates open on Independence Day after the 7th inning for the fireworks, which will begin around 9:30 p.m. Visit durhambulls.com. —Lauren Taylor Shute

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