Olde Fashioned Fourth of July

This is a Town-Organized event. What does this mean?

Learn more about Fireworks Frenzy

July 4, 2023

Downtown Apex
9 am - 1 pm

This long-standing traditional event features games for all ages, inflatables, the Parade of Wheels, and ends with a splash down from the Apex Fire Department!  (Vendors, use this link to apply to participate.)

Schedule of Events

  • 9 am: Flag Raising / Mayor’s Speech
  • 9:15 am: Activities begin (inflatables, giant slide, ice cream & other food vendors, face painting, karaoke contest, carnival games and more!)
  • 11:30 am: Parade of Wheels line-up 
    Kids are invited to decorate bikes, wagons, tricycles, or other non-motorized vehicles in red, white, and blue. The Parade starts at the corner of Salem Street & Chatham Street. Helmets are required. Register to receive updates due to weather here!
  • 12 pm: Parade of Wheels
  • Fire Department Splash Down will immediately follow the Parade! Bring a towel to dry off after!

Know Before You Go: 

  • View the downtown parking map  for walkable parking locations.
  • Downtown streets will be closed from 6 am – 2 pm. Salem Street will be closed from Moore Street to Center Street, along with adjacent sections of Chatham Street and Saunders Street, during the festival.
  • This is a rain or shine event. However, the event may be cancelled if conditions are too severe.
  • GoApex Route 1 does not operate on July 4th.
  • No pets allowed.
  • Town staff may be on site during the festival taking photos/video of festival events and attendees.
2021.07.03 Olde Fashioned Fourth

What is the difference between a Community Event and a Town-Organized Event?

Community Events 
This is an event that a non-profit organization runs, pays for, and plans. Town of Apex staff provides an event location (Town Hall Campus, Salem Street, etc.), along with staff from public safety, public works and other departments, as necessary.

Town-Organized Events
This is an event that the Town of Apex creates, pays for, and plans. Town of Apex staff manages the programming, including activities, logistics, and vendors. This is sometimes referred to as a “Town Owned Event”.