Get ready to make freedom ring this Fourth of July weekend!
Whether you want to celebrate America’s birthday by bidding on antique cars, learning about your heritage, roasting a hog, or sitting by the lake, there are July 4th events across WNC that will entertain the whole family.
Antique Car Show and Auction in Asheville
WHEN: Fri.–Sat., July 1–2, 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Explore 18 acres of classic cars, trucks, and street rods at the annual Mountaineer Antique Auto Car Show, Swap Meet, and Auction at the Western North Carolina Agriculture Center near the Asheville Airport. $5/person.
Buy your tickets: mountaineerantiqueautoclub.com
Independence Day at Omni Grove Park Inn
WHEN: Fri.–Mon., July 1–4
Celebrate our nation’s birthday in grand style at the Omni Grove Park Inn’s annual 4th of July Celebration. Enjoy fireworks at 9:30 pm on July 3, live music all around the resort, and a multitude of activities designed for the whole family to enjoy.
Learn more: omnihotels.com
Graham County Heritage Festival
WHEN: Fri., July 1, 11:30 am–11:15 pm and Sat., July 2, 9:00 am–11:15 pm
Join the festival on the Robbinsville Courthouse Square with crafters, food, moonshiners, country and bluegrass music, exhibits, contests, and so much more. Don’t miss the veterans’ parade at 1:00 pm on Saturday. Fireworks will be on display at 10:00 pm on Saturday.
Learn more: grahamcounty.net
Pow Wow at Cherokee
WHEN: Fri.–Sun., July 1–3, times vary
At the Pow Wow at Cherokee, experience authentic Indian dancing, drumming, and tribal regalia. Dance competitions kick the excitement up even higher, with hundreds of world-champion dancers and drummers competing for thousands of dollars in prizes. Food and craft vendors from across the country will be on site and offer of a variety of items. Watch the fireworks on Saturday, July 2 at 10:00 pm.
It’s a cash only event! Admission: $12/day or $10/day with three cans of food.
Learn more: romanticasheville.com
NOC’s Sizzling 4th of July
WHEN: Sat.–Sun., July 2–3, all day
This 4th of July weekend, celebrate with family-friendly outdoor events in Bryson City. With free live music, sizzlin’ sales at Nantahala Outdoor Center’s Outfitter’s Store, and all-ages activities on and off the water, you’ll hit it out of the park at NOC this holiday.
Learn more: noc.com
4th of July Weekend at Chimney Rock
WHEN: Sat.–Mon., July 2–4, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Meet some of Grady’s live woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl. Our resident animal educators are the stars of our Family Animal Encounters, which explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park, and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Defy gravity with one free climb per person on our Climbing Tower. Then round out your day by grabbing a Track Trail brochure at Grady’s Animal Discovery Den and taking a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 interactive education stations.
Learn more: chimneyrockpark.com
50th Annual Shindig on the Green
WHEN: Sat., July 2, 7:00–10:00 pm
Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs, and blankets for good times at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage at Pack Square in downtown Asheville. In 2016, Shindig on the Green, which features a stage show and informal jam sessions around the park, continues at its original location. Locals and visitors alike come together downtown “along about sundown,” to experience the beautiful music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia on a summer evening in the mountains.
Learn more: folkheritage.org
Tryon International Equestrian Center Grand Prix
WHEN: Sat., July 2, 8:00–10:00 pm
Watch horse jumping competitions with the best riders in the country in an extra festive atmosphere. The “Saturday Night Lights” series feature a variety of free entertainment and Venetian carousel rides. Also enjoy a variety of dining options. The series brings together the best horse riders in the sport, each vying to take the top prize, creating a truly memorable night of great competition for audiences and competitors alike. Admission and parking are free.
Learn more: tryon.coth.com
Steak ‘n Shake Firecracker 5K in Weaverville
WHEN: Mon., July 4, 8:00 am
Race through the neighborhoods of downtown Weaverville for a good cause. The 23rd Annual Firecracker 5k Run provides scholarships for North Buncombe High School students planning to attend a college or technical school. The course begins at PNC Bank on Weaverville Boulevard, turns right onto Main Street and continues through residential neighborhoods and parts of beautiful downtown Weaverville, concluding back at PNC Bank. Entry fee is $30.
Register here: northbuncombekiwanis.com
Bryson City Freedom Fest
WHEN: Mon., July 4, 8:00 am–10:00 pm
Bryson City’s annual Fourth of July celebration begins with the Rotary Club Firecracker 5K and then continues with local artisans and crafters, a full day of local entertainment, festival foods, and fun events like a watermelon eating contest, and a hula hoop-off. Explore Kids’ Street where you’ll find a bouncy house & more. As the day wanes and the final band exits the stage, listen to “The Star Spangled Banner” as you view one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in the Smokies!
Learn more: greatsmokies.com
Downtown Waynesville Stars & Stripes Celebration
WHEN: Mon., July 4, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Enjoy downtown Waynesville at this family-friendly celebration. Waynesville shops and restaurants will be open all day, but don’t miss the Patriotic Kid’s Parade on Main Street at 11:00 am. Following that, live music and entertainment are featured from 11:00 am–3:00 pm. A cookout in the United Community Bank parking lot will run from 11:00 am–4:00 pm.
Learn more: downtownwaynesville.com
Asheville: Ingles Independence Day Celebration
WHEN: Mon., July 4, 12:00–10:00 pm
This free event features family activities throughout the day, with a fireworks extravaganza capping off the event at 9:30 pm. Enjoy the Ultimate Air Dogs, Splashville, bouncy houses and kids’ activities, food vendors, beer, and wine. Stage entertainment includes Savannah Smith, Kevn Kinney of Drivin’ N Cryin’, and headliner Nikki Lane. Fireworks launch from the Buncombe County parking deck on College Street.
Learn more: ashevilledowntown.org
Brevard Music Center Festival Patriotic Concert
WHEN: Mon., July 4, 2:00 pm
The Brevard Music Center (BMC) Festival is an all-summer event series led by BMC Artistic Director Keith Lockhart, with several concerts during the week of July 4th. On July 4th at 2:00 pm, the Transylvania Symphonic Band presents the Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops Concert, one of BMC’s most popular events each season. The show features favorite marches and patriotic tunes, a live color guard, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with live cannons. Families are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy a picnic on the lawn prior to the concert.
Learn more: brevardmusic.org
Fireworks in Sylva
WHEN: Mon., July 4, 4:00 pm
This year’s special event will feature a spectacular fireworks show from property in the Sunrise Park district when the sun goes down. The holiday will start with a performance by rising WNC country music artist Joe Lasher Jr. from 4:00–6:00 pm, followed by a three-hour performance by Groovetown, a first-class rhythm and blues band sure to get people up and dancing, from 6:30 pm until the fireworks display begins at dark. There will be food, drinks, and children’s activities, as well, at this family-friendly celebration.
Learn more: mountainlovers.com
Independence Day Fireworks Hike
WHEN: Mon., July 4, 6:00 pm
This hike is a perennial favorite for families and visiting friends! Celebrate the 4th of July with a moderate, 1.5-mile hike, then sit back to watch the sunset and Black Mountain’s fireworks display from the peak of Sunset Mountain. Bring a picnic, water, folding chairs, cameras, and flashlights. Dress for inclement and chilly weather. The Swannanoa Valley Museum will provide watermelon and transport cargo to the summit. $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers
Learn more: history.swannanoavalleymuseum.org
Hendersonville Music on Main Street Special Fireworks Celebration
WHEN: Mon., July 4, 7:00–9:30 pm
The Music On Main Street concert series presents a Special Fireworks Celebration Concert featuring the music of West Sound. Active and veteran military personnel will be recognized during the event, and Henderson County will launch an Independence Day fireworks display at sundown. The launch site will ensure premier viewing of the display from downtown Hendersonville and the Music On Main Street concert area. Bring a chair and sit back, relax, and enjoy the music and fireworks!
Learn more: visithendersonvillenc.org
Asheville Tourist Baseball Game Fireworks
WHEN: Mon., July 4, 7:05 pm
Take me out to the ball game! Bring the family out to historic McCormick Field just outside of downtown Asheville to cheer on the Asheville Tourists, the Class “A” affiliate of the Colorado Rockies! Enjoy a day at the ballpark as your watch the Tourists take on regional opponents, the Lexington Legends. Watch a big fireworks show after the Asheville Tourists game. Get tickets in advance since these games will sell-out ahead of time.
Buy your tickets: milb.com
Freedom Train to Bryson City
WHEN: Mon., July 4, 7:30 pm
The Freedom Train will depart from the Bryson City Depot on July 4 at 7:30 pm and will follow the Nantahala Gorge Excursion route to the Fontana Trestle. Once at the trestle, the train will pause for some remarkable lake views and then will make its way back to Bryson City, just in time to enjoy Bryson City’s Freedom Fest (above) for a fantastic fireworks show! No rushing and no traffic worries—just the enjoyment of this patriotic celebration. Seating is limited.
Buy your tickets: gsmr.com
South Asheville Fireworks
WHEN: Mon., July 4, Dusk
Pack your picnic basket, grab your fishing pole and meet at Lake Julian Park in Arden for a day at the lake and fabulous fireworks at dark. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and come early find a spot along the lake to build your picnic. The park offers boat rental, picnic tables, grills, a sand volleyball court, two horseshoe pits, and a playground. Park at Estes Elementary School on Long Shoals Road across from the lake and take the shuttle over to the park.
Learn more: buncombecounty.org