A guide to the events of July 4th in Chapel Hill

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Independence Day is just around the corner, and like Katy Perry, you might be wondering how you can make a night like July 4th your own. So here are a few things you can do around Chapel Hill this weekend.

4th of July fireworks

This year, the Chapel Hill fireworks display can be seen from Southern Community Park starting at 9:20 p.m. Music, food and other entertainment was not planned by the city or Southern Village in accordance with COVID safety guidelines.

“Celebrating July 4th is our city’s tradition, and we couldn’t do it last year due to the pandemic,” said Hongbin Gu, a member of Chapel Hill City Council. “We hope this is just a step for us to get back to normal programming.”

The event parking lot opens at 7 p.m. For more information on fireworks, please visit the Town of Chapel Hill website.

Spring Haven Farm Tour and Goat Film

Spring Haven Farm will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 4. Visitors can meet and feed animals such as Peppa pig, Wilbur and Orville, baby cows from the Highlands and many goats.

“It’s a big day in the field,” said Machaela Maille, operations manager at Spring Haven Farm. “We have old school games like potato sack races and tug of war. Spring is when we all have our babies, so they’re out and about running around. “

Maille said a handful of food trucks, in addition to Durty Bull Brewing Company, will attend the event. Tickets can be purchased here.

Later, a family movie night kicks off at 9 p.m., and visitors can take turns holding baby goats and pigs during the movie. A concession stand will be open and guests can bring snacks and coolers. Tickets for the movie night can be purchased here.

Live music at the Honeysuckle tea house

The Honeysuckle Tea House will be hosting an all day Sunday Funday to celebrate the Fourth. The event will feature live musical performances from the trio Tommy Jackson, Anita Lorraine and Knee Deep.

Beginning with a yoga class at 9 a.m., the day-long celebration will last through the night with the final performance starting at 7 p.m. accompanied by a bonfire and s’mores.

The day will also include a cornhole tournament, blueberry picking and red, white and blue themed drink specials.

For more information, click here.

Meals and picnics

For those who want to stay more low-key, gathering a group of friends for lunch or dinner on the 4th is the perfect way to unwind during your vacation weekend.

If you are looking to get out of your backyard, there are several parks in Chapel Hill with picnic shelters and grills for public use.

“My favorite things at a barbecue are definitely burgers from a grill, cold drinks, a bonfire and having my friends around,” said Case Redmond, a sophomore at UNC. “I love to sit around the fire, just telling stories and talking. And the s’mores are amazing.

University Lake is also a great day trip destination and a great place to share a meal with friends.

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