Independence Day may seem a long time away for some folks, but it’s not if you’re planning a celebration and inviting the entire city.

Downtown Greensboro Inc. (DGI) is planning its annual Fun Fourth celebration and is requesting your help.

The annual Freedom Race and Freedom Fest will be held on Tuesday, July 4 this year, which may seem obvious, but it’s also been held on July 3 and July 5 in past years.

As always there will be lots of live music, strolling performers and much more.

DGI President Zack Matheny said in a press release, “We couldn’t pull off our annual holiday festivals without the tremendous support of our community. To guarantee the Freedom Fest’s success, we need the support of hundreds of volunteers, as well as performers and vendors to help us celebrate our patriotic pride.”

Those who would like to volunteer to work at the Freedom Race or Freedom Fest and those interested in performing at Freedom Fest can go to to sign up.

The Freedom Run, billed as “the Triad’s longest running race tradition,” will be begin and end at Center City Park on the morning of Tuesday, July 4 with a 10K, 5K and a fun run.

The Freedom Fest will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. along Elm Street and while the entertainment has not been finalized, the event will feature three live music stages, Red, White and Say “I Do” Weddings, Liberty Junction strolling performers, U.S. of YAY … Way (Superheroes and Disney characters), “Liberty and Dunking for All” Tank and Fantastic Alley (interactive games).

The Greensboro Grasshoppers will be providing the fireworks show following their July 4 home game.  To view the fireworks from inside First National Bank Field, tickets to Grasshoppers game must be purchased in advance. However, there are plenty of great viewing sites outside the stadium for those who don’t have tickets.