Celebrate this Independence Day learning about Orange County’s history, relaxing at a farm or watching fireworks with friends
Compiled by Chiara Evans
Flyleaf Books hosts author Kate Rademacher and psychologist Monica Corbitt Rivers to discuss Kate’s novel “Reclaiming Rest: The Promise of Sabbath, Solitude, and Stillness in a Restless World.” The virtual presentation begins at 6 p.m., and registration is required.
See Tea Cup Gin perform live at The Colonial Inn from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The North Carolina-based band performs indie-jazz music, with options for in-person seating or streaming.
The Carolina Inn presents Morgan Creek Bluegrass during its weekly concert series. Enjoy the band’s traditional bluegrass music along with refreshments and eats from Jessica’s Food Truck and 545 Grill.
Delve into Hillsborough’s history with a guided tour beginning at the River Park Pavillion across the street from Weaver Street Market. The walking tour, beginning at 10 a.m., lasts four blocks and explores historic figures like Billy Strayhorn, Moses Curtis, Elizabeth Keckly and William Graham.
Southern Village kicks off summer festivities at 4 p.m. on the Southern Village Green with live music from Liquid Pleasure and special guest Nomads Band. Enjoy beer from Carolina Brewery’s on-site van and a cold salad plate – featuring chicken salad, watermelon salad, potato salad and deviled eggs – from Mel’s Commissary & Catering.
Saturday & Sunday
Spring Haven Farm hosts food trucks, games, tractor rides and a chance to see pigs, cows and goats from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Vendors include DubzGrub Food Truck, Alsies Ice Cream Truck, Wake the Truck Up Food Truck, Mr. CheeseSteak Food Truck and Durty Bull Brewing.
Bring your blanket and/or chairs to Southern Community Park to watch the Independence Day fireworks display, presented by the Town of Chapel Hill. Parking opens at 7 p.m., and fireworks begin at 9:20 p.m.
The Town of Carrboro hosts a celebration at noon at the Carrboro Town Commons. Mayor Lydia Lavelle and community members will read Fredrick Douglass’ essay, “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro.” Tre. Charles and Mix Tape Grab Bag will perform following the reading.
Botanist and Barrel presents two Denver-based bands performing at its Cedar Grove farm at 3 p.m. Smashburgers served on French toast will be available all afternoon.