Chapel Hill gearing up for fun-filled Fourth

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 12:29 PM

Get ready to light up the sky in celebration of our country’s birthday.
The town of Chapel Hill is planning a full evening of family-friendly activities for July Fourth.
There will be a fireworks display at Kenan Stadium. Musical group Bull City Syndicate will be rocking the house.  And WCHL’s Ron Stutts will serve as host for the evening’s activities.
The Fourth of July Fireworks celebration is ranked as the most important local event offered by the town. Each year, the event costs more than $40,000 to produce. To help cover the costs, the town is urging those attend to make a $1 donation per person, or $5 per family when those attending enter Kenan Stadium on July 4.
Gates open at 7 p.m. with a juggling Uncle Sam, face painting and inflatable sports challenges. DSA Comedy will host a watermelon eating contest at 7 p.m. Grand prize winners will receive tickets to one of UNC’s footballs games this fall.
Bull City Syndicate will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. The first 10,000 people through the gates will receive a free glow necklace provided by Grace Church.
Parking for the event will be available in the Craig, Jackson and Cardinal parking decks off Manning Drive. The Rams Head Deck and the Bell Tower lots also are open to public and have disability parking. Parking is available throughout downtown Chapel Hill, as well. Handicapped seating access is available in section 119 of the stadium.
Event organizers urge parents to have their cellphone numbers in their children’s pocket in case they get separated.
For more details about the July 4th event, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/july4.