While Independence Day 2020 will look much different from years past, we are still celebrating! Read on for what's going on in Chapel Hill and Orange County.

 

A Day at Cane Creek and University Lake

Cane Creek Reservoir and University Lake will be open on a limited basis For July 3, 4, and 5, 6:30am-6pm. Act quickly to submit an application for permit. The application window for Friday, July 3, through Sunday, July 5, is available via a form on Monday and Tuesday, June 29 and 30. OWASA will notify applicants regarding their permit status by 5pm. on Thursday, July 2. Sign up at https://www.owasa.org/recreation/

Live Music at Honeysuckle Tea House

4th of July live jazz music on the lawn at The Honeysuckle Tea House Saturday, July 4th, 5-7:30pm, 8871 Pickards Meadow Road in Chapel Hill. Join us on July 4th for some live music with local jazz group, Popcorn Blue Band! They will be jamming out on the main stage. Please bring a picnic blanket and/or folding chairs to fully enjoy the space. Don't forget to grab a farm-based beverage, like our sparkling mead When Lemon Met Ginger or Soothing Blooms iced tea. We taking the safety of our community very seriously and are limiting groups to 6 people maximum. Social distancing will be enforced. Masks will be required when moving about the property. There will be multiple hand sanitizers. We'd like to remind folks that The Honeysuckle Tea House is an entirely open-air structure. See you soon! Also - start your July 4th weekend off right. We're so excited to offer (an outdoor) Draft Experience, tasting through some of the Triangle's best alcohol on tap! Let's talk about beer + cider + mead + wine, all on draft. We have limited our capacity drastically for this event and it will be held out in the outside patio at our Cafe & Bar. Grab a ticket today for the 6pm, 7pm, or 8pm slot!

Town of Carrboro Virtual & Social-Distancing Celebration

The Town of Carrboro is hosting a Town Vehicle Marathon Parade, Live streaming: Community Reading of Frederick Douglass’ Essay and Live Music & Entertainment, Saturday, July 4th, starting at 10am. On July 4th throughout Carrboro beginning at 10am, a small train of town vehicles will wind its way along a 26-mile route throughout the Town of Carrboro. Step outside to look for vehicles from Police, Fire, Public Works, Planning, and Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources.  In addition, at 12pm, the Town is presenting a virtual reading of Frederick Douglass’ essay, as well as music. Please check the Carrboro Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources Department’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/carrbororec  for further updates on possible additional activities.

Spring Haven Farm Visit & Movie with Goats

Come visit all the animals at Spring Haven Farm between 10 am and 6 pm on July 4th! The farm will be open and safe to visit! Meet and feed all the animals like Peppa pig, Annie the Donkey, Wilbur and Orville the baby Highland cows, Huck the Horse and of course, lots and lots of really cute goats. There will be spring time treats to eat and drink and music to listen to. Kids can take a ride on the Tractor Train Express and everyone can enjoy trying to make their way through the Pallet Maze! Purchase tickets

Or enjoy a family farm movie night with baby goats! Spring Haven will be hosting a kid friendly, but fun for adults too, movie on our farm. Show up about 8:30 with chairs. A movie will start around 9:00pm and during the movie, you can take turns holding the baby goats. The concession stand will be open with fresh popcorn, snacks, drinks and Animal Treats. Purchase tickets Purchase tickets

Daytrip to Hillsborough

For the outdoor enthusiast: Explore the gardens and grounds of Ayr Mount, Picnic and hike at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, Grab a cold beverage and walk along the Eno River on the Riverwak trail and greenway. Discover the outdoors in Hillsborough.

July 4th Picnic from your Favorite Restaurants

Favorite restaurants in the area are going all out with picnic offerings. But be hasty to pre-order for Saturday pickup!

PLUS...

Chapel Hill and Carrboro Farmers Markets are OPEN

 

How are you planning to spend the Fourth? Whichever activity you choose, we’re glad you’re doing it in Chapel Hill and Orange County!

 

(Header photo courtesy of Honeysuckle Tea House, Chapel Hill)