The Town of Chapel Hill will be holding its annual fireworks celebration in Southern Village this year.
“This year signals a new era for this Chapel Hill tradition as it moves from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan Stadium to a new home in the community,” officials said in a release announcing the move.
Town officials said the move will allow for “two different experiences” for residents. The sports fields at Southern Community Park will open at 7 p.m. for those who want to bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the fireworks. There will also be food and drinks along with live music on stage at the Southern Village Green from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The fireworks will be launched from Scroggs Elementary School, according to the town, and a 3D model was created to see where the fireworks will be visible from.
Officials said there were multiple factors involved in deciding to move the event from Kenan Stadium, “including the new synthetic grass” being installed.
“Fireworks and synthetic grass don’t pair well together and we don’t have the technical resources and capabilities to protect the new field and guarantee it won’t be damaged,” Chapel Hill Fire Chief Matt Sullivan said in the release.
Sullivan said the town was grateful for the years of partnership with UNC to host the fireworks at Kenan Stadium in the past.
“The fireworks experience at Kenan was a unique one, and we are creating something just as special at Southern Community Park. We are so appreciative of our longstanding partners at UNC-Chapel Hill and our new partners at Southern Village for helping us create a great experience for our town.”
Officials said UNC athletics will still have a presence at the event with an area including activities for all ages.
To ease parking concerns, Chapel Hill Transit will be operating a free shuttle from the Chatham County Park and Ride at the intersection of 15-501 South and Old Lystra Road. The shuttle will start at 6:30 p.m. and run every 15 minutes and continue running for 30 minutes after the end of the fireworks.
More information on this year’s event at Southern Village can be found here.
Photo via Town of Chapel Hill