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Friday, April 10, is a Town holiday. Yard waste will not be collected Friday. Residential trash collection and curbside recycling will not be affected. Chapel Hill Transit will operate on a Saturday schedule (no U or NU routes). Chapel Hill Transit will not operate on Sunday, April 10. View the holiday service schedule.

Arbor Day Celebrations

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Chapel Hill Arbor Day Celebration


The Town of Chapel Hill’s 2019 Arbor Day celebration will be held at 11:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at Ephesus Park, 1501 Ephesus Church Road.

Please join Mayor Pam Hemminger and members of the Chapel Hill for our yearly tree planting.

For more information about the history of Arbor Day and trees in Chapel Hill, visit


In 2000, the Chapel Hill Town Council declared the first Friday after Nov. 15 to be Arbor Day in Chapel Hill. Each year, on that day, the Town plants one or more trees at a Town-owned facility such as a park or entryway.


Arbor Day was started nationwide in April, 1872, in Nebraska. Since then, each state has chosen when they wish to recognize Arbor Day and celebrations across the United States take place year-round. In North Carolina, celebrations occur on the first Friday after March 15, but here in Chapel Hill we choose to do things a bit differently.

Benefits of Fall Planting

In Chapel Hill, planting trees during the fall gives them an extra growing season before the warm weather stress of summer. The combination of cooler temperatures and rain in the fall allows trees to establish their roots making it easier on them to adjust to extreme heat or drought in the summer.

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