From Sarah C.:
Do your kids (or maybe you?) love fire trucks? Mark your calendar and plan to head to downtown Raleigh on Saturday for North Carolina’s Main Street Fire Truck Parade.
The Fire Truck Parade is part of the annual South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo & Conference occurring Wednesday through Sunday. We took our son to the parade in the past and loved it. It’s a smaller parade which makes it a good fit for the shorter attention spans of younger children. It also isn’t very crowded so you can easily find a spot with a good view. Again, perfect for families and perfect to get a good look at the variety of fire trucks featured. We saw modern day trucks, antique trucks and even military trucks.
Parade route details from the SAFRE website:
The Parade will run from the State Capitol south on Fayetteville Street, turn right at Davie Street, turn left on South Salisbury Street, then pass in front of the Raleigh Convention Center. The post-parade static display area will be located in the lot bounded by Lenoir, South Salisbury and South streets.
North Carolina’s Main Street Fire Truck Parade
South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo | Fire Truck Parade
** The SAFRE has moved to Charlotte for the 2016 & 2017 expos. It returns to Raleigh Aug 8-11, 2018. **
Looking for more family friendly options in downtown Raleigh for after the parade? Consider the NC Natural Sciences and/or NC History museums, Marbles, City Market & Art Space, Logan Trading Co, Krispy Kreme, and Pullen Park.