Kenan Stadium was empty last year on the Fourth of July, but town officials are preparing to host a revival of the fireworks festivities this year.
Though the annual celebration was cancelled last year due to budget constraints, the town’s partnership with 1360 WCHL, a local radio station that owns Chapelboro.com, has allowed for its return.
The event will include live music performed by Chapel Hill native and voice of the Carolina Panthers Mick Mixon and the Franklin Street Band.
There will be face painting, a juggling Uncle Sam stilt walker, glow necklaces for the first 10,000 attendees courtesy of Grace Church and a watermelon-eating contest that will end in a championship match performed for the crowd.
The display of 6,393 fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.Ron Stutts of WCHL will host the festivities.
Lauren Stafford, WCHL’s marketing coordinator, said they began discussing reviving the celebration with town officials in 2011.
The discussion began after residents complained about the event’s cancellation during radio segments on WCHL, she said.
“A lot of people went up to talk about how they were upset that the local family tradition didn’t happen,” Stafford said.
Stafford said though WCHL played a role in past fireworks celebrations, they will have a much larger presence this year.