July Fourth in Pittsboro

In America’s books, the Fourth of July is a celebration like no other. For many Americans, that celebration is defined by hot dogs. Every year, on July 4, Americans consume 150 million hot dogs, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. In 1916, the first unofficial Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest took place, with four immigrants seeking a claim to fame. Today, that contest is a holiday tradition for the many folks competing and the millions watching at home. So, what’s for dinner in Chatham County on July 4?

If you are grilling out on the patio of your newly-purchased home from Julie Roland Realty or you are looking for a community event, there are plenty of ways to celebrate, with or without a hot dog in hand.

Chatham Historical Museum:

As Pittsboro’s Summer Fest kicks off on Sunday, July 3, the Chatham Historical Museum will be open from 3-8 p.m., inviting the public to visit and learn about the history of Chatham County before the festivities begin downtown at 4 p.m. Admission is free and the museum is located in the Chatham County Courthouse. With something on display for children and adults alike, explore exhibits dating back to the time of Native Americans. Learn about the diversity of our people, our community and about our place in America’s history. Then, proceed to celebrate America!

Pittsboro Summer Fest:

It’s back and better than ever in 2022! For the seventh year, Pittsboro’S Summer Fest will line the streets of downtown Pittsboro with all things festive on Sunday, July 3 from 4-9:15 p.m. The day’s celebration will include food trucks, craft booths, live music, dancing, games, contests and inflatable activities. Additional activities include juggling, giant balloons, hula hooping, balloon animals, axe throwing and much more. Admission for a day pass to the Kids Zone is $5, which includes access to the waterslide, dunk tank, bounce house, axe throwing and obstacle course.

Don’t miss the Decorated Bicycle Parade, presented by the Pittsboro Boys & Girls Club. Register to participate and show off your bike décor! The parade starts at 4:30 p.m. at First Citizens Bank on Hanks Street and winners will be announced at 5:20 p.m.

Not into bikes? What about beards? Register to win an award for Most Creative, Biggest or Saddest Beard by emailing your name and contact information to downtown.pittsboro@gmail.com. Make sure to add “Beard/Mustache Contest” in the subject line. The winner of each category will be announced from the stage at 7 p.m. Visit the Beard & Mustache Contest at booth #57.

And for those with zero interest in bikes or beards, we hope you like pie! The annual Pie Contest will take place at booth #56 from 4-9 p.m., featuring traditional, low/no sugar and gluten free options. To register for the Pie Contest, email your name and contact information to downtown.pittsboro@gmail.com with “Pie Contest” in the subject line. The winner of each category will be announced from the stage at 7 p.m.

Additional events will be taking place at member locations during Summer Fest!