Travel Safety Initiatives
We want everyone to travel safely in Chapel Hill. The Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch for Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of February. These initiatives are an effort to continue to preserve and enhance a safe community in which to travel, whether on two wheels, four wheels, two feet, or other methods.
Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.
The Chapel Hill Police Department is taking additional steps to encourage safety among all travelers of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and throughout the community. You may notice an enhanced police presence along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Watch For Me N.C. travel-safety initiative scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, is being moved from South Columbia Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. You will also notice temporary digital signs along the road to encourage safe-travel behaviors.
Fourth of July Celebration at Kenan Stadium
Join us once again as a spectacular display of fireworks echoes throughout Kenan Stadium this Independence day! Travel & Leisure Magazine ranked Chapel Hill no. 10 as one of America’s Best Towns for July Fourth Celebrations. This is one celebration you won’t want to miss! Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. sharp, so get there early for the best seats!
Gates open at 7 p.m. with family fun activities planned throughout the evening!
Come early to see our stilt walkers and visit our face painting areas, with a new digital photo booth and spin art stations too! Our famous DSI Watermelon Eating Contest will be in full swing once again, hosted by comedians from DSI Comedy Theater. Grand prize winners will receive tickets to one of UNC’s upcoming football games this fall.
WCHL’s Ron Stutts will host the Main Stage with a state of the art sound and light show, where RadioJacks will be rocking the stadium with the latest radio hits by Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Rihanna, and Justin Timberlake.
Chapel Hill residents rank the Fourth of July Fireworks celebration as the most important local event offered by the Town of Chapel Hill, according to the Community Survey. Each year the event costs more than $40,000 to produce. To help continue this special community event, donations of $1 per person or $5 per family are encouraged and will be collected at the entrance gates.
Another way this event becomes top ten, is through community pride and support by local community leaders who contribute as sponsors each year. Fireworks presented by Carolina Athletics, Cruisers Convenience Marketplace, Performance Subaru, Grace Church and UNC Health Care. The Watermelon Eating Contest hosted by DSI Comedy Theater. Thank you also to our Official Media Partners WCHL and chapelboro.com and The News and Observer and our Concourse and Supporting sponsors Passanantes Home Foods and VIP Supporters Chopt, Panera Bread and Berkshire-Chapel Hill.
Recommended parking for event patrons is in the Craige, Jackson and Cardinal parking decks off of Manning Drive. Rams Head Deck and the Bell Tower lots are open to public and disability parking. Handicapped seating access is available in section 119 of the stadium.
The Town of Chapel Hill promotes a Bike & Pedestrian-Friendly Community and encourages everyone to cycle or walk whenever attending these great events!
Seating is limited, please arrive early. No outside food and drink is permitted.For more details about the July 4th event, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/july4