The 4th of July weekend is just three weeks away, and Moore County has a whole host of activities and events planned for those that will be in the area. From parades and fireworks to 5k runs and live music, there is fun for all ages. Come out and join us in celebrating!
Village of Pinehurst
Fourth of July Parade
Take part in the Independence Day celebrations by watching Pinehurst’s annual Fourth of July Parade. The festivities begin at Tufts Memorial Park at 9:00am with the Patriotic Pet Competition, which awards prizes in 8 categories ranging from best dressed to most talented. After prizes are awarded, the pet parade will take place at 9:45, with the traditional parade beginning at 10:00. Following the parade, check out the Sandhills Farmers Market, also held in Tufts Park!
Sandhills Farmers Market
Held every Saturday in Pinehurst at the Tufts Park parking lot in Village Center, the Sandhills Farmers Market is home to delicious locally grown and artisan-quality foods. Farm fresh eggs, Moore County strawberries, and homemade jellies and jams are just a few of the delicious offerings. The market is open from 10am to 1pm.
Fourth of July Celebration
Pinehurst’s 4th of July Celebration is one that you won’t want to miss. The celebration begins at 6:00pm at the Pinehurst Harness Track, with a number of family activities and entertainment. Local caterers like What’s Fore Lunch will sell food and beverages, and there will be pony rides, hay rides, face painting, and more for children looking to join in on the fun. The spectacular fireworks show will begin around 9:15pm.
Pinecrest Patriot 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run
Hoping to get some exercise this Independence Day? Participate in the Pinecrest Patriot 5K or 1 Mile Fun Run! Starting at Pinecrest High School, the 5k begins at 7:30am and will be followed by the Fun Run at 8:30. Proceeds from the race benefit Pinecrest’s running program and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills. This is a perfect way to stay active and healthy while giving back to the community, too!
Kick off your weekend with Southern Pines’ family-friendly First Friday event! On Friday, July 3rd, this monthly community event will feature live music from Dr. Bacon, an Appalachian funk-grass band from Boone, North Carolina. There will be food and beverages available for purchase, and the event is free of charge. It will be held on the grassy knoll adjacent to the Sunrise Theater from 4:00pm until 8:30.
Town of Carthage
The Town of Carthage’s annual July 4th Parade begins at 11am and will not disappoint! Hosted by the Carthage Rotary Club, this lively parade features floats, cars, bands, ROTC, the Marine Color Guard, and more. The parade will be on Monroe Street and is a fantastic way to celebrate.
Town of Aberdeen
The Town of Aberdeen will host its 51st annual July 4th Celebration at Aberdeen Lake Park. This family-friendly event boasts live music, food vendors, and activities and games for children, such as face painting and an inflatable bouncy castle. And, of course, it also has one of the best fireworks shows in the area!
The event starts at 5:30pm. Admission is free, and $3.00 wristbands are available for children who would like to participate in certain activities at the celebration.
Remember to take the necessary safety precautions over this celebratory weekend. Temperatures will be high, so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and drink alcohol responsibly. Always apply sunscreen if you’re planning on celebrating outdoors, and keep children away from fireworks and grills!