• July 4th Travel
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America’s Best Towns for July 4th

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau

For fireworks, free watermelon, and rich history, plant your flag in one of these festive July 4th towns, approved by T+L readers.

No. 10 (tie) Chapel Hill, NC

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Readers ranked this Research Triangle college town in the top 10 for its bar scene, but the local July 4th fun is still pretty family friendly. There’s music and fireworks at Kenan Memorial Stadium, along with a watermelon-eating contest where the top prize is tickets to UNC games. For a non-student bar, try microbrewery Top of the Hill, or West End Wine Bar, with its mix of global wines, cheeses, and charcuterie. Locals also charmed readers with their forward-looking tech-savvy and their old-style southern drawls.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

America’s Best Towns for July 4th

No. 10 (tie) Chapel Hill, NC

Readers ranked this Research Triangle college town in the top 10 for its bar scene, but the local July 4th fun is still pretty family friendly. There’s music and fireworks at Kenan Memorial Stadium, along with a watermelon-eating contest where the top prize is tickets to UNC games. For a non-student bar, try microbrewery Top of the Hill, or West End Wine Bar, with its mix of global wines, cheeses, and charcuterie. Locals also charmed readers with their forward-looking tech-savvy and their old-style southern drawls.

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau
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