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.
Smaller, Homegrown Crowd Comes to Franklin Street
“We’re extremely thankful to Town staff, area partners, and you—the community—for making Homegrown Halloween a safe and happy night this year,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief and Executive Director for Community Safety Chris Blue.
An estimated 15,000 people were observed on Franklin Street at the crowd’s peak.
There were three medical calls for service within the closed area, including two alcohol-related issues.
The streets were reopened by 11:30 p.m. after being cleaned by Town crews.
The Town of Chapel Hill manages the revelers that gather by involving hundreds of law enforcement and community safety personnel from a variety of jurisdictions; and providing for both advance preparation and clean-up of the downtown involving staff from the public works, transit, and parks and recreation departments.
The partnership of the Town of Chapel Hill, the Town of Carrboro, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC student government, businesses downtown -- and the community at large -- continues to return the event back to a scale that has been more manageable.
If you have comments or feedback about Homegrown Halloween, reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your comments will be shared with the Chapel Hill Police Department, which manages the event, and its community partners.