Looking for family friendly things to do on the 4th?  Look no further for all the fun locally in the Sandhills. 

I've also added some personal experience and tips for you to take with you and do as you please.  I hope whatever you decide to do to celebrate you have a wonderful time and stay safe!  Happy 4th of July!

We have lived in the Sandhills for 9 years now and have enjoyed local events on the 4th for many of those years.  We have gone away for the holiday many times to the lake, beach, mountains...and in the end we have found that our town does the best celebration for the 4th!  We wouldn't want to go anywhere else to celebrate!

4th of July is on Monday this year, so there are festivities to be enjoyed all weekend leading up to the big night!  Below are the two large fireworks displays and accompanying events to check out.


Both locations are family friendly and fun for all!  We have been to the Pinehurst event many times and look forward to going again this year.


Town of Aberdeen


Aberdeen Lake Park

Fun Family Fourth of July 

Celebration at Aberdeen Lake Park with live entertainment, food vendors, and activities for all ages.

Admission to the park is free and children can purchase a $5.00 wristband, which allows them unlimited access to the Rock Climbing wall, inflatable slide, bounce houses, obstacle course, and much more. 

Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and bring family and friends to enjoy one of the largest and most exciting fireworks displays in the area! Please no pets, alcoholic beverages, personal fireworks, or coolers. 

Admission is free!

Date: Monday, July 4th 
Time: Kids activities start at 5:00 p.m., live entertainment starts at 6:00 p.m. 
Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 pm 


Village of Pinehurst

Fourth Fest Parade

Bring your pet for the Patriotic pet contest!

8:30 AM- Registration Opens for Pet Contest (8 categories, prizes will be awarded) *Behind Tufts Park next to Given Library.

9:00 AM- Judging Begins

9:30 AM – Patriotic Pet Contest Awards followed by Pet Parade

10:00 AM- Traditional Parade through the Village of Pinehurst

11:00 AM- 12:00 PM- Music and Farmers Market in Tufts Memorial Park:  

1 Village Green Rd. West
Pinehurst, North Carolina 28374

Admission is free!

Date: Monday, July 4th 
Time: Parade starts at 10am! 

Fourth Fest Fireworks & Concert

Free Concert and Fireworks Celebration at the Pinehurst Harness Track.

Children’s activities will include pony rides, hayrides, bounce houses, and more.

The “Carolina Breakers” will perform throughout the evening. 

Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and picnic baskets are allowed

Don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets!  The fireworks show will begin around 9:15 PM. Don’t miss out on all of the excitement!


Admission is free!

Date: Monday, July 4th 
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM- Family Activities and Entertainment

9:15 PM– Fireworks

4th of July

In the Pines

We like to head to our destination (usually the Harness Track) right after dinner...around 7pm if possible.  We bring a cooler with juice boxes and our own drink selections.  We stock up on glow necklaces for the kids and bring a nice big blanket to play on and lay on to watch fireworks.  Be sure to bring folding chairs, bug spray, snacks and even a flash light (for help cleaning up afterwards in the dark!)