July 4 Fireworks Will Return to Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Cary, NC — The Triangle tradition of the Town of Cary Independence Day Celebration is back this year.

As with just about all 2021 events so far, it will have its modifications. These will include no rides and activities this time around and a capacity limit of 7,000 guests. Entry and re-entry may be denied if the maximum is reached.

The festivities, however, will include performances by the Cary Town Band and the NC Symphony. And, of course, the concert will be followed by the beautiful fireworks display over Symphony Lake.

July 4, 2021 Schedule

  • Gates open at 3:30 PM
  • Cary Town Band: 5:30 PM
  • NC Symphony: 7:30 PM
  • Fireworks to follow the concert (approx 9:25 PM)

Free General Admission, Ticketed Tables

General admission seating is free to the public. This seating option is located on the Amphitheatre’s uncovered lawn area in the center of the seating area between the stage and the Crescent Cafe. For this event, there will also be several food purchase options in the space outside of the Koka Booth Amphitheatre gates.

A limited number of 6-seat and 4 seat tables are available for online purchase. For these, the table must be purchased in its entirety. For this celebration, one thing to know before purchasing a table is that these lcoations will offer a view of the performances but do not guarantee a clear view of the fireworks display. Fireworks may be obstructed by the tree canopy, the stage, or other structures.

Make Your Spot Just Right with These Allowed Items

Note: Pod seating will not be in effect for the July 4, 2021 celebration.

Having been to Koka Booth in the last few months on the lawn area, I found the list of allowed items to be super helpful for my trip, and due to the Amphitheatre’s bag policy, I ordered a couple of clear, reusable bags from Amazon and those did the trick for bringing in our snacks and drinks.

Here’s the full list of items that are okay to carry on site.

  • Blankets & towels
  • Food & beverages (including beer and wine)
  • Lawn chairs: No lounge or tri-fold chairs, No footrest or canopy
  • Chairs are to be removed from bags at the security check point
  • Rain coats & ponchos
  • Strollers
  • Umbrellas
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Reusable bottles and cups
  • All bags and coolers are subject to search.

More Event Information

To find out more on what items are not allowed, the weather policy and food & beverage options for this particular event, visit the Independence Day Celebration webpage.


3 replies
  1. George McDowell
    George McDowell says:

    I’m going to make a suggestion in hopes that it leads to principled discussion. What if fireworks were banned from the Independence Day celebration?

    We don’t allow fireworks on the VFW Post grounds in consideration of our many brothers and sisters suffering from PTSD. They still experience the triggers when fireworks are exploded elsewhere, but at least the Post is a sanctuary for them on the holiday.

    Many pet owners see the distress the explosions cause their dogs and cats, and many go to the trouble and expense of having their animals sedated when the noise comes.

    Wild birds and other animals are confused, spooked, and frightened during the display.

    Finally, the smoke is air pollution, and we have too much of that now.

    I understand fireworks make some feel good on a day for which a wild and frenzied celebration of freedom is appropriate, but for me, the cost outweighs the benefit.

  2. Bob C
    Bob C says:

    The organized discharge of fireworks has long been a tradition to celebrate our independence. They normally occur at announced times at a specific place. Those person that may be affected by them should be able to plan to be somewhere else or otherwise seek adequate protection. I would miss the sound. Now car mufflers is a different story.

  3. Gary Brown
    Gary Brown says:

    Neighborhood fireworks close to the ground are the worst for anyone with PTS.
    (I drop the “D” since nobody wants to hire anyone with a disorder.)

    I use: 3M Worktunes headphones with some nice ambient music the whole evening!

Comments are closed.