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Posted on: June 23, 2021

Town of Carrboro July 4th Events

The Town of Carrboro is excited to announce a return to limited in-person events in celebration of July 4th.  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.  However, we will be presenting the following live and virtual activities:

Annual Reading of Frederick Douglass' Essay

Image of Frederick Douglass with Text

Mayor Lydia Lavelle will host our eighth annual Community Reading of Frederick Douglass' essay, "The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro."

This year, the event will be held outdoors at Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St., from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 4.  The community reading will also available on our YouTube Channel at

In 1852, Frederick Douglass, one of our nation’s greatest orators and abolitionists, was asked to speak at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In his provocative speech, Douglass said, “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.”

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 p.m. and be livestreamed our YouTube Channel at

For more information about the artist and his music, please visit

Ice Cream

Ice Cream Cone with July 4th Logo

During the above events at Carrboro Town Commons, we will have an ice cream truck on site selling sweet treats to help keep you cool!

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 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and is tentatively scheduled to stream via the Cat's Cradle social media channels.

Please continue to check for updates.

Virtual At-Home Kids Craft Activities

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 .

For video instructions on how to complete these craft projects, please check out the playlist on our YouTube page at .


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: .

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