This weekend
Carousel in Concert: Help Touching Humanity and The Sandhills Broadway Series raise awareness for the importance of arts programming in Moore County schools, today and Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Carousel is a professional, semi-staged concert production. They will have an 18 piece orchestra, a 60 piece chorus, and reduced dialogue with Broadway stars.
History Room Open House: The Local and State History Room at the Cumberland County Headquarters Library will host an open house on Sunday to celebrate its reopening. Access to Local and State History Room resources was limited for several months during post-hurricane Matthew flood restoration. The open house features giveaways and information for upcoming history and genealogy library programs, as well as other local cultural institutions. For more information on this and other free programs and services at the library, visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us or call 483-7727 ext. 1368.
Nature’s Fireworks: Everyone loves fireworks on the Fourth of July, but what about nature’s great light shows? From fireflies to mushrooms, come learn about some of the living things that can make their own light at Weymouth Woods Visitors Center in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The event will start at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
A Star-Spangled Kind of Day: Get ready for a day full of Liberty, Justice and Fun for all! Dress in red, white and blue and celebrate Independence Day at Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville, Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. Dark Horse Duo will play some favorite Country-Southern Rock cover tunes from 1 to 4 p.m. Food trucks will be on site and the cash bar will be open. Enjoy bounce houses, lawn games, crafts and more for a Star-Spangled Kind of Day. Admission is free for active duty military, veterans, children under age 6 and all garden members. Admission is $5 for adults and children over age 6.
July Fourth events
Fun Family Fourth of July: Celebrate America’s Birthday at Aberdeen Lake Park in Aberdeen, North Carolina with an evening of live entertainment from the Sand Band, food vendors and activities for all ages. Grab some blankets and lawn chairs and bring Family and friends to enjoy one of the largest and most exciting fireworks displays in the area. Kids zone starts at 5 p.m., live entertainment starts at 6 p.m., and fireworks will begin around 9:15 p.m. Admission is free, but $5 wristbands are available for children ages 2 to 14, which allows them unlimited access to the rock climbing wall, inflatable slide, bounce houses, obstacle course, face painting and much more. No pets, alcoholic beverages,
personal fireworks, coolers or open carry of firearms permitted.
Fourthfest: This free concert and fireworks celebration takes place at the Pinehurst Harness Track in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Children’s activities will include pony rides, hayrides, bounce houses and more. The “Tim Clark Band” will perform throughout the evening. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and picnic baskets are also allowed. Don’t forget lawn chairs and blankets The fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. Don’t miss out on all of the excitement! Gates open at 4 p.m. for parking.
Southeast Crab Feast: This event offers the low-country coastal heritage of outdoor cooking with fresh seafood. This highly anticipated event will offer all-you-can-eat fresh blue crabs, side of fish and chips, music and a family-friendly environment at Arnette Park in Fayetteville. Limited seating will be available on a first come first serve basis. Attendees are welcome to bring their own chair and/or table to assure they have seating accommodations. Coolers, drinks/alcoholic beverages or large bags are not permitted. Soda and bottled water will be on sale. Gates open at 4 p.m.

Statewide events

This weekend
SCIENCE BUFFET: This event, held Saturday, from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a lively science presentation featuring a “taste” of everything the museum has to offer: live animals, weird science facts, dramatic demonstrations, and explosions (small and controlled of course), all seasoned with a touch of humor. Bob Alderink, head of the Museum’s Natural World Investigate Lab, is a talented science communicator with unique skills as a presenter and teacher. Bob teaches math and science topics to museum audiences in programs that range from large auditorium shows to intensive lab classes for school groups.
Summer Concert at Bicentennial Park: This Summer Concert Series offers a variety of party music, beach music, oldies, and Motown for dancing at Bicentennial Park in downtown Asheboro, North Carolina. Come out Sunday, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and listen to the sounds of the Sand Band.
Picnic in the Park: Celebrate Independence Day with a community picnic and live music from Music Makers Relief Foundation at this year’s annual Picnic in the Park event, Sunday, in Hillsborough, North Carolina. There will be food trucks (Chez Moi - A Baking Renaissance ... Experience the Awakening!, Taco Grande, BO’s kitchen and Bam Pow Chow), yard games and crafts, live music, community reading of the Declaration of Independence and nonprofit booths.
July Fourth Events
Carrboro Community 4th of July Celebration: Music, face painting, balloon sculpture artists, roaming magicians, scrap exchange, games, food and more. Parade on Weaver Street in downtown Carrboro, North Carolina with music, food, kids games and more at the Town Commons.
Independence Day Celebration: Spend this Fourth of July with the State Capitol in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Capitol is hosting a free, fun-filled Family event that has become a tradition. Open from noon to 5 p.m., the event will offer a variety of musical performances, carriage rides, and several hands-on activities for children to enjoy.
Open House: Families are invited to step back in time to the 1940s and experience the Hannah Block Historic USO, in Wilmington, North Carolina, at its prime. All drinks will be 5 cents. Attendees can swing dance along with Cape Fear Swing Dance Society, and of course coffee and donuts are always free.
City of Wilmington Celebration: The City of Wilmington, North Carolina’s Fourth of July Celebration will feature live entertainment and food vendors in beautiful historic downtown Wilmington. The fireworks display will begin at 9:05 p.m. and will be launched from a barge in the Cape Fear River. Spend a night to remember with the whole Family at this year’s Independence Day celebration all along the Riverwalk. For more information, including parking and traffic information, visit www.wilmingtonnc.gov/departments/parks-recreation/events-permits/4th-of-july.