Raleigh Wide Open II – July 21, 2007

July 22nd, 2007

Here’s a photographic recap of the events of the second annual Raleigh Wide Open held in downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville Street. It didn’t seem as crowded as last year, but I’d still rate it as a success. Most people were probably still at home typing “Eddie Money” into iTunes to try and remember what song he sang back in the 80s.

Still people packed into Fayetteville Street.
Still people packed into Fayetteville Street.
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RBC Plaza should be appear complete at this time next year.
RBC Plaza should be appear complete at this time next year.
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Police begin to clear the road for the parade.
Police begin to clear the road for the parade.
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Deja vu from last year's Wide Open.
Deja vu from last year’s Wide Open.
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I think I can make it around this turn.
I think I can make it around this turn.
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George Washington had the best view for the fireworks.
George Washington had the best view for the fireworks.
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Raleigh should have more fireworks downtown.
Raleigh should have more fireworks downtown.
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Definitely not as packed as last year.
Definitely not as packed as last year.
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View last year’s Raleigh Wide Open.

Comments

  1. Ernest says:

    July 22nd, 2007 at 3:57 pm (#)

    Matt,

    Your photos are incredibly nice and sharp. I wonder how much your new lens had to do with it 🙂 As for the event, I couldn’t make it this year, but judging from your photos I would call this an amazing success!!! Let’s keep in mind that this was a 12-hour event (11am-11pm), unlike last year. I wonder what the estimated attendance was for the entire event.

    Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

  2. Matt K says:

    July 22nd, 2007 at 5:26 pm (#)

    Your night time shots always turn out so gorgeous. I wish I had a better camera! I agree with your comment on having more fireworks downtown. I don’t know if it would be feasible, but shooting them from maybe a high rooftop somewhere? Wow, the possibilities. I can say the fireworks looked pretty impressive from the Boylan Ave bridge!

  3. Anonymous says:

    July 23rd, 2007 at 12:29 am (#)

    beautiful pictures,appears to be a great function

  4. Craig Taylor says:

    July 24th, 2007 at 7:43 am (#)

    Cool Cool Pictures. Dynamite.

  5. Tommy says:

    July 25th, 2007 at 12:21 am (#)

    Great photos! What more could be expected? The Hurricanes Storm Squad girl is actually one of my good friends from high school.

  6. Matt says:

    July 25th, 2007 at 12:42 am (#)

    Thanks all.

    Tommy – Interestingly enough, my fiance and I crossed paths with her on a flight to Boston last March that was delayed for hours because of a snowstorm and rerouted through Charlotte. She was trying out for the a Patriot’s cheerleading spot.

  7. Tommy says:

    July 26th, 2007 at 4:51 pm (#)

    Matt, that would make sense because at the time you probably met her, Alyse, she was applying for grad school at some schools in the Boston area. Definitely one of the most down to earth girls I know.

  8. lOWRENZO says:

    August 22nd, 2007 at 12:48 pm (#)

    gREAT PHOTO’S, IS THIS AN ANNUAL EVENT DURING THE SUMMER?

  9. Dustin says:

    August 24th, 2007 at 10:56 am (#)

    There has been talks of making it an annual event, but I’m not sure if it will be or not. The RWO2 attendance was far below the attendance of the first event.

    We’ll see if they have another one next summer. I assume they will, the crowd was still pretty large from this year.

    P.S. – I think your caps lock is on.

  10. George Clooney says:

    October 7th, 2007 at 7:58 pm (#)

    Great pics!!!!!

  11. Doug Roark says:

    November 12th, 2007 at 12:25 am (#)

    Hello,

    I’d never been to Raleigh until 7/21/07, and was actually visiting to see Harry Potter on the IMAX and Exploris. My friends and I had no idea that there was a street festival going on that day, but were pleasantly surprised when we arrived. I have to say that the city does know how to show folks a great time. I was really impressed with the festivities that were going on and the cleanliness of downtown. I actually began doing some research on Raleigh when I returned back home and found that there are several new buildings and skyscrapers going up in the near future. This is going to be great for the look of the city and its skyline. Additionally, I would like to comment on your Pittsburgh photos as well. I have visited Pittsburgh several times because I’m a “die-hard” Steelers fan and actually graduated from high school with Heath Miller (#83). Thanks for all of your awesome photography work and I can’t wait to see more of your work in the future!!!

  12. Yvette says:

    November 13th, 2007 at 10:10 am (#)

    WOW, looks like a lot of fun. The pictures are great. I’ve never been the Raleigh, these pictures make it look like a nice place to visit. When are you going to put more pics on your site? Would love to see more. Some suggestions: California, Maine, Destin Florida.

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Raleigh Wide Open II – July 21, 2007

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