The July 4th long weekend is a great time to relax with friends and family with cookouts, picnics, celebrations or pool parties. If your plans involve staying in Moore County for the weekend, there’s plenty to do around our wonderful communities for people of all ages! Come out and join us for some fun.

Village of Pinehurst

Fourth of July Parade
The Village of Pinehurst will host its annual Fourth of July parade in Tufts Memorial Park in the Village Center on Friday morning. The day will kick off with the always-popular Patriotic Pet Competition. Pets can be registered in one of eight categories beginning at 9:00am with judging and prizes awarded at 9:30am. The pet parade kicks off at 9:45am, with the traditional parade following at 10am!

Sandhills Farmers Market
After the parade, stick around the park for an Antique Cars Display, music, face painting - and of course - the 4th of July Sandhills Farmers Market. Vendors will be selling fresh vegetables, fruit and baked goods until 12:00 noon.

Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration
Come to the Pinehurst Harness Track starting at 6pm for the annual celebration hosted by Pinehurst Parks and Recreation. There will be fun for the whole family, including pony and hayrides, face painting, bounce houses and more! Food, beverages and ice cream will be sold by local vendors, or you can bring your own picnic! Entertainment will be provided by Lake Side Drive Band, and fireworks go off at approximately 9:15pm!

Southern Pines

Pinecrest Patriot 5k
What better way to start out your Fourth of July weekend than cheering on runners at the Pinecrest Patriot 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run? The race supports the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Pinecrest Cross Country. The race begins at 7:30am at Pinecrest High School. Already registered for the race? Don’t forget to pick up your packet at the Southern Pines Mellow Mushroom July 3rd between 11am and 7pm!

First Friday
After taking a well-deserved nap from your morning 5k and spending the day grilling out, come to downtown Southern Pines for a special July 4th edition of First Friday! There will be live music by the Stooges Brass Band starting at 5pm on the grassy knoll adjacent to the Sunrise Theater, and food and entertainment until 8:30pm.

Town of Carthage

The Village of Pinehurst residents aren’t the only ones with a great Fourth of July parade. Starting at 11am, the annual parade (hosted by The Carthage Rotary Club) will kick off downtown and feature floats, bands, ROTC, Marine Color Guard and more. The parade runs along Monroe Street to the County Courthouse.

Town of Aberdeen

The Town of Aberdeen’s 50th Annual July 4th celebration kicks off Friday at Aberdeen Lake Park at 5:30pm. The celebration will offer entertainment and activities for people of all ages! Admission to the celebration is free, but children can purchase a $3 wristband to participate in games and activities, win prizes, play in the bounce castle and have their face painted.

There will be food from local vendors, including barbeque, hot dogs, popcorn and funnel cakes - just to name a few!

One of the largest and most exciting fireworks displays in the area kicks off after sunset, so be sure to bring blanket and lawn chairs to enjoy the show with your family! 

The temperature on Friday may get up to 90 degrees! Don’t forget to take necessary safety precautions when outside with family and friends. Always apply sunscreen before and during your time outside - even if it’s cloudy! Remember to drink plenty of water all day, and drink alcohol responsibly. Keep children away from fireworks (and grills, too!)

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