Weekend at a Glance: Front Porch Jams, Fourth of July and Fireworks

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Travel + Leisure named Chapel Hill No. 10 on its list of America's Best Towns for July 4th! Photo by Hannah Earnhardt
Travel + Leisure named Chapel Hill No. 10 on its list of America’s Best Towns for July 4th! Photo by Hannah Earnhardt

Active Bodies Series – Thursday, 2-4pm – Hop on over to Chapel Hill Public Library to see local jump rope team Bouncing Bulldogs perform and learn some skills that will have you jumping up and down too!

Tie-Dye Workshop – Thursday, 3:30-4:30pm – Kick off the holiday weekend by making red, white and blue T-shirts at Kidzu Children’s Museum. You can drop off your kids ages 5 and older or you can stay and join the fun!

After Hours Early Summer – Thursday, 6-8pm – Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands are bringing a “whimsical, carnivalesque world folk sound” to Weaver Street Market’s summer music series on its outdoor lawn. Bring a blanket or a chair, and listen to the exotic sounds of an accordion, musical saw, Taiko drum and various others.

Timber Hawkeye – Thursday, 7-8pm – The author will be at Flyleaf Books to discuss his memoir, “Faithfully Religionless,” which gives a secular approach to leading a happy simple life and the truths and emotions in between.

Fridays on the Front Porch – Friday, 5-8pm – Don’t miss another gathering on The Carolina Inn’s lawn with live music from Big Fat Gap and food truck eats from Chick-N-Que.

Bynum Front Porch – Friday, 7-9pm – Come out to the Bynum General Store’s front porch and jam out with friends and family to the Matt Phillips Trio, a pop music band from Carrboro with an indie-folk twist.

Negro Baseball League Presentation and Popup Museum – Friday and Saturday, various times – Join retired educator and administrator Derrick Jones in Hillsborough and learn about the players of the Negro Baseball League who paved the way for Jackie Robinson and his baseball legacy. There will be over 100 pieces of baseball artifacts like cards, pictures and news articles.

Outdoor Movies on the Green – Friday and Saturday, 8:30-10pm – Sit back and relax on the lawn outside The Lumina Theater for its summer movie series. This weekend they’re showing “Captain America: Civil War” to keep with the American spirit for the Fourth of July.

The Hotelier – Saturday, 7pm and 8pm – Rock out with the anti-pop band at Cat’s Cradle this evening. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. starting with performances by Told Slant and Bellows.

A Southern Summer Outdoor Concert – Sunday, 6pm – Come out to Southern Village’s concert series and enjoy an evening full of country, folk, indie and pop with the Nashvilifiers and local singer-songwriter couple Lynn Blakey and Ecki Heins.

July 4th Celebration in Carrboro – Monday, 9:30am – Start the holiday with friends and family at Weaver Street Market, and then party on with a parade at 10:50 a.m. from the lawn to Carrboro Town Hall for more fun festivities including live music, games and food.

Red, White and Blue Party – Monday, 11am-2pm – It’s time to party! Don’t miss Southern Season’s annual Red, White and Blue celebration. Not only will there be classic American eats like fried chicken, potato salad and apple pie, but there will also be fun activities for the kids. From cupcake decorating to face painting and a corn-on-the-cob-eating contest, you sure won’t be bored on the Fourth!

July 4th Picnic in the Park – Monday, 11am-3pm – Uncle Sam wants YOU to come to the holiday picnic at River Park in downtown Hillsborough. Hosted by the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough, festivities begin with a reading of the Declaration of Independence, followed by live music from local bands, food truck fare from Heavenly Smoke, Taco Grande and The Parlour and plenty of fun kids activities.

July 4th Celebration and Fireworks – Monday, 7-10:30pm – End America’s Birthday with a bang! Bring the whole family to celebrate in UNC’s Kenan Memorial Stadium with live music by The Soul Psychedelique Orchestra, a watermelon-eating contest and grand finale fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. sharp. Doors open at 7 p.m. so be sure to arrive early for the best seats!


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Anna Stone

Anna is an Advertising and Hispanic Studies double major at UNC-Chapel Hill. Growing up in Durham and living in Chapel Hill, she's been able to experience the best of both towns. She loves traveling and UNC Basketball so much, she planned her study abroad in Spain next fall around basketball season.
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