Fireworks, parades to mark Fourth
The Bull City will celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and a free, public concert in American Tobacco.
The celebration begins at 6 p.m. at the water tower at American Tobacco. Mickey Mills will perform music on the steel drums until 9 p.m.
The fireworks begin after the Durham Bulls game. Tickets are required for the game, but after the seventh inning, available seats will be opened free of charge for anyone who wants to see the fireworks, which will begin after the game.
Rain date is July 5. If rain or bad weather threatens, the decision to postpone the fireworks will be made by 7 p.m. on July 4. For updates, call the Durham Parks and Recreation weather cancellation line at 919-560-4636, option 8 for updates after 7 p.m. on July 4.
If the fireworks show is canceled because of inclement weather, patrons who purchased tickets for the July 4 game should save their tickets as a voucher for free entry into the July 5 game.
Here are some more Fourth of July celebrations and events:
-- The annual Watts-Hillandale Fourth of July Parade will celebrate 65 years Friday. The public is invited to the parade in Oval Park on West Club Boulevard. The parade and festivities begin at 10 a.m.
The neighborhood parade began in 1950 at the corner of Virginia Avenue and Club Boulevard. When neighborhood children complained about having nothing to do, some neighbors proposed having a parade. Children began decorating their bicycles with red, white, and blue crepe paper.
The parade will gather at the corner of Oakland and Club Boulevard. With a ring of the cow bell and a brief blast of the fire engine’s siren, the parade begins. The parade will proceed west along Club, to Alabama Avenue, to Woodrow Street, and back to the park. Next comes the Pledge of Allegiance and patriotic songs. The festivities end with a cold drink and conversation.
-- Chapel Hill will celebrate the Fourth of July with music, fireworks and other family-friendly activities at Kenan Stadium. The Bull City Syndicate will perform, and WCHL announcer Ron Stutts will be the emcee.
Gates open at 7 p.m. with a juggling Uncle Sam, face painting, and inflatable sports challenges. A watermelon eating contest, hosted by DSI Comedy, will begin at 7. Grand-prize winners will receive tickets to one of UNC’s football games this fall. Bull City Syndicate will perform 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 from Grace Church.
The town of Chapel Hill is encouraging donations of $1 per person or $5 per family at the entrance gates to Kenan Stadium to help defray the costs.
Recommended parking will be available in the Craig, Jackson and Cardinal parking decks off of Manning Drive. Rams Head Deck and the Bell Tower lots are open to public and disability parking. Parking also is available throughout downtown Chapel Hill. Handicapped seating access is available in section 119 of the stadium.
For details about parking traffic, safety and access to the stadium and other information about the July 4 event, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/july4.
-- Carrboro will celebrate the Fourth with activities during the day at Town Hall. The celebration begins at 9:30 a.m. on the Weaver Street Market lawn. At 10:50, a parade will proceed from Weaver Street Market to Town Hall. Activities include a Kids Fun Zone and Fun Zone Stage, face painting, games, food and live music.
For weather updates or changes, call 919-918-7373.
-- The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough will celebrate the Fourth with a picnic in the park in downtown Hillsborough. Visitors can enjoy a free day of fun activities. Festivities will include a parade along West Tryon Street, with prizes for “Most Patriotic,” “Most Patriotic Pet,” and “Most Hillsborough.” Mayor Tom Stevens and others will conduct a public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends, The Commanders, and The Reagan Project will perform for free at the Farmers Market Pavilion. Pony rides and lawn games will take place in River Park, directly behind the pavilion. Visitors may pack a picnic lunch or buy something from one of the food trucks that will be on hand. There will be a pie bake-off during the afternoon.
For information, contact the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough at 919-732-7741 or visit www.visithillsboroughnc.com/july4th.