Summer is in full swing, and we’re less than two weeks away from another fun Fourth of July weekend! Cities and communities across the region are excited to return to annual festivities and fireworks displays. While not as grandiose as in years past, there are again many choices for locals eager to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day with fellowship and fireworks.
But how do you choose safely from among the many local events, and what should you do if you want to see fireworks in WNC without the crowds? Fortunately, our Beverly-Hanks agents are here to help.
We asked them: Where are the best places to see fireworks in WNC?
The sweet town of Weaverville hosts entertainment and fireworks at Lake Louise. It’s a wonderful place for people of all ages to celebrate. It is topped off with an amazing fireworks display over Lake Louise. I love it!
You really want a spot with a clear view of the fireworks…I’m just teasing, although Lake Julian has a huge fireworks show, and the Ingles parking lot (the one on Long Shoals Road) has pretty good views if you do not want to fight the traffic.
The town of Maggie Valley has done an exceptional job planning events throughout the year, and the fireworks are no exception. They shoot them off from the beautiful Maggie Valley Fairgrounds. My family and I park across the street at Market Square where we enjoy a nice ice cream from the front porch at Jelly Bellys and take in the lovely fireworks show.
The fireworks over Lake Julian are a must-see, but the best view is from Long Shoals Road. If you want to skip the crowds, park at the Mission My Care Now and find the perfect spot on the corner or across the street at the Ingles parking lot. Although not the most glamorous, the kids won’t mind once they see their up-close-and-personal show.
The view of the fireworks from The Patton Parker House on Charlotte Street in North Asheville is spectacular. Great food, live music, plus all the proceeds benefit Consider Haiti. Get your tickets today!
I live in Biltmore Park, and we love to watch the Lake Julian fireworks. We walk to Estes Elementary School, and between Estes and Valley Springs Middle School is a hill overlooking the middle school’s baseball field that is a great place to watch the fireworks. Many people park at Estes or Koontz Intermediate schools to view, as well.
Downtown Hendersonville has some of the best fireworks around! The evening starts off with “Music on Main,” featuring local bands that play a variety of music. Main Street closes to make room for food trucks, games, face painting, and other kids’ activities. Fireworks start as soon as darkness falls. It’s a fun family event!
The historic Omni Grove Park Inn is the absolute best place to celebrate Independence Day with your family. Located in North Asheville, the historic inn spares no expense in providing an outstanding display of colors that light up the sky around it. Bring a chair and sit on the grass or the terrace of the inn overlooking the mountains—you can’t go wrong with such a beautiful view of this majestic place. This year, the Omni Grove Park Inn will celebrate on July 5 at 9:30PM.
In Brevard, the best place to watch fireworks is Brevard College. This signature event is an all-day affair: The day starts at 8:00AM with Brevard Rotary’s Firecracker 5K and 10K Run, followed by a lively street festival that includes live music, arts and crafts, games, and other fun activities. As dusk sets in, you can make your way to Brevard College for an amazing fireworks show.
One of my favorite places to watch fireworks with my family and grandkids is Lake Julian Park in Arden. Their annual fireworks display starts just after dark as you watch from the banks of the lake on blankets and lawn chairs. The fireworks display starts at about 9:15PM, but make sure to get there earlier to grab a spot. The best part is, my grandchildren love to go fishing, and everyone can fish without a fishing license on July 4th.
Live Near the Best Views for Fireworks in WNC
Among the many ways we Live Abundantly in WNC is by enjoying all the wonderful local events our towns host each year. Never miss a local event again! Find a home near one of the great places to see fireworks mentioned in this post!
- Brevard College – Search for homes in Brevard.
- Grove Park Inn, Patton Parker House – Search for homes in Grove Park.
- Lake Julian – Search for homes in Biltmore Park.
- Lake Louise – Search for homes in Weaverville.
- Maggie Valley Fairgrounds – Search for homes in Maggie Valley.
- Main Street Hendersonville – Search for homes in Hendersonville.
- Thomas Wolfe Auditorium – Search for homes in Downtown Asheville.