Various Locations–If you’re in the mood to celebrate Independence Day a little early, head to Garner at 5 p.m. on the 3rd for special performances by the N.C. 440th Army National Guard Band and the North Carolina Symphony, followed by a fireworks display. Festivities on the 4th include an ice-cream eating contest at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, a performance by R&B group the Adrian Duke Projek at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, a performance by Lo-K-Shun at the Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, and carnival games and karaoke at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. All events are free of charge, but bring a couple of bucks to purchase food, drinks or game tickets. July 4th fireworks times and locations follow: Cary–Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park, 9 p.m.; Chapel Hill–Kenan Memorial Stadium, 9:30 p.m.; Durham–Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 9 p.m.; Raleigh–N.C. State Fairgrounds, 9 p.m. –Kathy Justice

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Nightlight–An Oakland band featuring Left Coast all-stars from Hospitals and Gang Wizard, Portable Corners drives around the continental United States in a full-size bus converted into a tight-quarters venue on wheels. They’re road-tripping on tunes of airy, psychedelic schoolhouse ilk, wandering guitars and haunted howls sneaking out of little Plexiglas windows, washed with reverb and tremolo. The wheels on the bus go round and round, right up to Nightlight on Independence Day (metaphor! zing!) at 10 p.m. –Grayson Currin