July 4th Celebration


2021 Event Update:

Due to recommendations regarding large-scale public gatherings as the event was being planned, the large traditional in-person event will not be held this year.  For 2021, we will be presenting the following activities:

Annual Reading of Frederick Douglass' Essay

Image of Frederick Douglass with Text
For 2021, Mayor Lydia Lavelle will host our annual gathering of community members for the annual Community Reading of Frederick Douglass' essay, "The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro." 

For this year, the event will be held outdoors at Carrboro Town Commons from 12:00pm-1:30pm on Sunday, July 4th.  The community reading will also available on our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/carrboronc.

Live Music with Tre. Charles

Tre. Charles with Guitar

Following the community essay reading, we are excited to host Tre. Charles, who will be performing live on the Town Commons.  This one-hour performance will begin at 2:00pm and be livestreamed our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/carrboronc

For more information about the artist and his music, please visit https://www.trecharles.com/ 

Livestreaming Music with Mix Tape Grab Bag

Hugh Swaso Playing Guitar

The Town of Carrboro is partnering with the Cat's Cradle to present a livestreaming performance from local favorites, Mix Tape Grab Bag!

The performance will be held from 4:00pm-6:00pm and is tentatively scheduled to stream via the Cat's Cradle social media channels.

For a direct link to the YouTube livestream visit https://youtu.be/_N-ltaz4J3Q

Virtual At-Home Kids Craft Activities

4th of July Kids Craft Activity Supply List

If you are looking for some fun July 4th inspired crafts to do with the kids, our camp staff created these how-to videos.

For a supply list, please visit https://www.townofcarrboro.org/DocumentCenter/View/7675/4th-of-July-Kids-Craft-Activities

For video instructions on how to complete these craft projects, please check out the playlist on our YouTube page at https://bit.ly/3xKbbBd


Fireworks Display

For information on the local fireworks display coordinated by the Town of Chapel Hill, please visit the following link for the news release: