Free Weekend Parking for the Holiday Season
Shop and eat locally this holiday season in downtown Chapel Hill! The Town of Chapel Hill's parking specials begin on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 23) and continue through the weekend including Small Business Saturday (Nov. 25) with free public parking downtown.
Fourth of July Watermelon Fun
Independence Day is already an AWESOME day with music, activities, food, games and fireworks, but even better with the DSI Watermelon Eating Contest! Doors open and registration begins at 7 p.m. for this year’s contest, hosted by hilarious DSI Comedy emcees.
Contestants will compete in one of three heats, seeing who can finish off their plate the quickest! The fastest watermelon eater from each heat will compete on the main stage in Kenan Stadium for the ultimate prize. This year’s grand prize winner will receive two tickets to an upcoming UNC football game at our home stadium! Immediately following the Watermelon Eating Contest grand finale, The RadioJacks will take the stage this year, followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. sharp. Seats fill up quickly so please arrive early to find your spot!
The Town of Chapel Hill’s Fourth of July Celebration is a family-friendly night filled with exciting entertainment and a spectacular Fireworks display! Our thanks to the University of North Carolina Athletics for helping us host this prestigious event.
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 sponsor 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.
Seating is limited, please arrive early. No outside food and drink is permitted.
The Town of Chapel Hill promotes a Bike & Pedestrian-Friendly Community and encourages everyone to cycle or walk whenever attending these great events!
For more details about the July 4th event, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/july4