GREENSBORO, NC -- The United States of America is celebrating it's 241st birthday and Greensboro is throwing the party! The Fun Fourth Festival is back for the 43rd year and promises a patriotic celebration like no other.

The two-day event kicks off Monday, July 3rd at 7:00 p.m. with the Freedom Run 10K and 5K followed by the American Block Party in the Elm Street and Greene Street Parking lot. The block party runs through 11:00 p.m. with music by Liquid Pleasure and Eric & the Chill Tones. Admission is free and there will be brews and food for sale.

Tuesday brings the Fun Fourth Street Festival - the largest 4th of July festival in North Carolina - to downtown Greensboro. There will be five areas filled with live performances, vendors, games and food.

We can't forget the fireworks! The Patriot Fireworks Concert will happen at First National Bank Stadium this year with music by Dixieland Band and the Greensboro Concert Band. The gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the fireworks show will begin at 9:00 that evening.

Admission to the festival is absolutely free. For more information check out their website: