Fourth of July: In Our Neighborhood

Looking to make the most of the Fourth of July holiday in the area? From early morning yoga sessions in
Pittsboro to lively community celebrations in Apex and Carrboro, your day is sure to end with fireworks. Here are our top picks for Independence Day near you!

Morning Yoga

Planning to stay out late for fireworks? Get a workout in early on July 4 at the Summer Yoga Series,
hosted by The Parlour in Pittsboro. Until August 29, Ashley Gangloff and Sara Harward, owners of Bloom
Yoga Co., will host a class every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays are for Power Vinyasa
and Thursdays are Slow Flow Yoga + Core. Whether you are a beginner or experienced yogi, come
unwind and stretch in this peaceful outdoor setting. The cost is $12 per person, enroll today!

Pittsboro Farmer’s Market

Show your patriotic spirit by supporting local vendors at the Pittsboro Farmer’s Market, hosted At The Plant. The market operates year-round, offering a selection of goods sourced within a 50-mile radius. Open every Thursday from 3-6 p.m., purchase your baked goods, eggs, flowers, honey, jams/jellies, soaps, plans, poultry and meats.  

Vendors include Celebrity Dairy, Fiddlehead Farm, In Good Heart Farm and Vortex Roasters.

Fourth of July in Apex

Independence Day festivities kick off on Wednesday, July 3 in Apex. From 5-9:15 p.m., downtown streets will be lined with food trucks and festivities. Event features include:

  • Food Trucks: A Taste of the Bayou, D&J Concessions, Golden K Dog, Hot Chix Hotcakes & Chicken, Mr. A’s Beignets, Peach Cobbler Factory and Stick Happens
  • Activities: Kids’ zone with inflatables and games
  • Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

And on Thursday, July 4, the celebration continues. From 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in downtown Apex, enjoy games, inflatables, the Parade of Wheels and a guest appearance by the Apex Fire Department. Performers, like Funk Nation and Flow Circus, will keep the energy high. With a giant slide, face painting, karaoke contest, carnival games and more, this party has something for everyone!

75th Annual Watts-Hillandale Fourth of July Parade and Celebration

Durham’s oldest Fourth of July celebration, the Watts-Hillandale Fourth of July Parade and Celebration will take place on Thursday, July 4 at 10 a.m. Volunteers gather in Oval Park at 8 a.m., adorning the playground with hundreds of flags. Crowds begin to assemble along Oakland Avenue, ready for the start of this year’s parade.

Following the parade, in the park, a brand-new U.S. flag is mounted on the flagpole. The O.K. Chorale leads an a cappella rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the event concludes with an ice-cold Coke, served in nostalgic glass bottles.

An Old Fashioned Fourth of July in Chapel Hill

An Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration is hosted by Preservation Chapel Hill on Thursday July 4 from 1-3 p.m. at the Horace Williams House. This tradition blends historical appreciation and patriotic festivities, offering a unique experience to locals and visitors alike. Immerse yourself in the heritage of Chapel Hill, taking a guided tour of the historic home and grounds. The Village Band, a nonprofit community concert band, will perform starting at 1:30 p.m. The event includes free ice cream, lemonade and flags, while supplies last!

Fireworks in Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill’s July 4th Celebration will take place on Thursday, July 4 at Southern Community Park. Visitors are encouraged to take the free shuttles from the Jackson Parking Deck at UNC Hospitals to Southern Village Park & Ride. Shuttle rides begin at 6 p.m. and will continue running until 8:45 p.m. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.! Bring your picnic supplies, coolers, blankets and chairs. Ice cream sales are cash-only and available at Southern Community Park after 7 p.m.

Carrboro 4th of July Celebration

This celebration bursts with vibrant community spirit and patriotic fervor, year after year. Against the backdrop of Carrboro Town Hall, the event takes place from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., with pre-event activities at Weaver Street Market starting at 9:30 a.m. Pre-event activities include a bike/wagon decorating contest, as well as a costume contest for kids.

At 10:50 a.m., the People’s Parade will start, ending at Town Hall. At Town Hall, enjoy live music, bingo, a pie eating content, junior firefighter obstacle course, face painting, carnival games, inflatables, a baby crawl contest, toddler square, free expression chalkboards, a bubble artist and more!

From 12-1:30 p.m., Mayor Barbara Foushee will host Carrboro’s annual gathering of community members for the reading of Frederick Douglass’ essay, “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro.”