Schedule and Event Map

Stay tuned for a map of the event and a list of all the performers and events throughout the day.

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Along with our independence, Raleigh revelers will have every opportunity to celebrate being in the land of plenty and tasty. In addition to Downtown restaurants, food vendors will line the street. The wine and beer tent will be at Hargett and Fayetteville streets.

For those who like to combine the pleasures of eating and competing there are a host of opportunities. Tasty 8’s Hot dog eating contests will be held at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Watermelon seed spitting contests will be held at 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There are two age divisions; those 10 and younger in one division and everybody else in the other. Ice cream eating contests will be at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. All of the calorie-cramming competitions will be held at the intersections of Fayetteville Street.

The Kids Zone with bounces/slides, face painting and every other fun things possible is at Martin Street between Fayetteville and Salisbury Street. Gouge Wrestling will hold events at 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at Martin and Fayetteville streets.

Schedule of Events 2014 (Stay tuned for 2015 Schedule!)

*VIP FIREWORKS (Open to Public)
Attend or Participate in 4 of the 5 events below to receive access. Present your 4 unique stamps at the entrance of the VIP Zone, opening at 8:00 pm, and view the fireworks from the secluded VIP area.

Gouge Wrestling (Davie)
 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 8:00

Tasty 8’s Hot Dog Eating Contest (Fayetteville and Hargett)
– 2:00 and 7:00

Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest (Fayetteville and Martin)
2 Divisions – 10 and under and 11+
– 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30

Lumpy’s Ice Cream Eating Contest (Fayetteville and Davie)
– 2:30 and 5:00

Raleigh’s ‘Work of Art (Fayetteville and Davie)
– All Day

*Benefits of the VIP Area include the opportunity to participate in free raffles and a guaranteed premier spot to view the famous firework celebration. Best seats in the house!

Music and Performance Schedule

Red Hat Amphitheater

5:00 Doors Open
5:30 – 6:30 Matt Phillips and The Philharmonic (Blues/Folk)

7:15 – 8:30 US Army Ground Forces Band (50 piece concert band playing patriotic and jazz music)
9:50 – 11:00 Tubab Krewe (Headliner – World)

9:30 Fireworks from Red Hat Amphitheater
Live on ABC 11  

Download Event Map and Schedule, including Fireworks Viewing Areas (PDF)

Morgan Street Stage

1:00 – 1:45 Slinger Francisco (Indie Rock)
2:15 – 3:00 Youma (Indie Hard Rock/Hip Hop)
3:30 – 4:15 Apples and Airplanes (High Energy Alternative)
4:45 – 5:30 Nuclear Honey (Indie Jam)
6:00 – 6:45 Monika Jaymes (Female Rock)
7:15 – 8:00 Milagro Saints (Poetic Roots Rock Americana)
8:30 – 9:15 Outside Soul (New Funk)
10:00 – 11:00 Young Cardinals (Grunge Rock)

City Plaza Stage

12:00 – 1:00 Clockwork Kids (Neo-Psychedelic Rock)
1:30 – 2:15 Ed Stephenson (Nuevo Flamenco)
2:45 – 3:30 Acoustic Manner (Up Beat Bluegrass)
4:00 – 4:45 Amanda Daughtry (Country Pop)
5:15 – 6:00 Archbishops of Blount St (Ska/Pop)
6:30 – 7:15 Four Founders (Easy Listening across Multiple Genres)
7:45 – 8:45 Crucial Fiya (Reggae)
9:15 – 11:00 Kaira Ba (Headliner – World)

9:30 – Fireworks on Fayetteville Street 

Download Event Map and Schedule, including Fireworks Viewing Areas (PDF)