It’s Independence Day, and we’re ready to celebrate our country and enjoy all the highlights of the occasion—Face paint, flags, and fried food!
Even while many communities are still social distancing, you can celebrate in style at events across the region. Whether you want to make freedom ring by learning about our local heritage, celebrating our veterans, or chilling by the lake, there are July 4th events across WNC that will entertain the whole family. Several are also being held entirely online. Find the best one for you, below.
Know of other local July 4th events? Let us know and we’ll keep this list up to date!
Freedom Days at the Farm
July 3–5, 2020 @ 9:00AM–5:00PM | Hendersonville
Mountain Fresh Orchards will be open this 4th of July weekend. Stop by for tasty treats and fresh produce (including peaches), Apple Express rides, photo opportunities, and more. Handmade gift items available for purchase include face coverings, potholders, wreaths, and more. It’s fun for the whole family!
Learn more: mtnfreshorchards.com
Red, White, and Blue Ridge Virtual 5K
July 4, 2020 @ 7:00–9:45AM | Cashiers
Join the inaugural Red, White, and Blue Ridge Virtual 5K, hosted by Blue Ridge School in Cashiers. This will be the fastest July 4th 5K in the mountains, and all proceeds will assist the school with future needs. Train and run separately, meet virtually on the leaderboard, and stay well, safe, and active together!
Hands-on History at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
July 4, 2020 @ 11:00AM–3:00PM | Flat Rock
Join park rangers on Saturdays in July to get hands on with history. Each Saturday features a different topic and allows visitors of all ages to interact with history related to the Sandburg family experience at Connemara. All programs will be offered at the amphitheater.
Learn more: nps.gov/carl
Stars and Stripes Celebration
July 4, 2020 @ 11:00AM–3:00PM | Waynesville
Enjoy live music and entertainment in Downtown Waynesville at this family-friendly celebration. Waynesville shops and restaurants will be open all day, but don’t miss the Patriotic Kids Parade at 11:00AM. All kids are welcome, and sign up begins at 10:00AM on the courthouse lawn. First Baptist Church is offering ice cream to participants at the end of the parade.
Learn more: downtownwaynesville.com
4th of July Resort Celebration
July 4, 2020 @ 11:00AM–10:00PM | Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure
Enjoy the peak of summer vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains during Rumbling Bald Resort’s annual 4th of July Independence Day Celebration. Lunch and dinner service will be available at Legends on the Lake throughout the day. Sign up to participate in the golf cart parade at 4:00PM. At 9:20PM, the national anthem will play and a fireworks show will finish the evening.
Only members and registered guests will be allowed on the Rumbling Bald Resort property on July 4th. And only those with a wristband will be allowed on the beach. To protect members, guests, and associates, there are no beachfront activities scheduled. Instead, food and beverage will be safely offered from The Gardens from 6:00–9:00PM.
Learn more: rumblingbald.com
Virtual Duck Race FUN-raiser
July 4, 2020 @ 4:00PM | Online
Transylvania Community Arts Council’s annual Duck Race is a family favorite! This year, the event will be live streamed on the TC Arts Council Facebook page. Hundreds of rubber ducks are released into King’s Creek on Brevard College’s campus. Each duck has a sponsor, and every sponsor has a chance to win the $250 cash prize! Ten lucky ducks will win prizes, including the last duck to cross the finish line. The Duck Race supports Arts in Schools, TC Arts’ Community Pottery Studio, and the TC Arts Community Art Gallery.
Sponsor a duck: tcarts.org
Virtual Fourth of July Concert, presented by Ingles Markets
July 4, 2020 @ 4:00–8:00PM | Online
This year, the Asheville Downtown Association will host a virtual Independence Day Celebration. The event will feature eight local, Asheville-area bands performing at host venues Asheville Music Hall, The Grey Eagle, Isis Music Hall, and The Orange Peel. Tune in to IamAVL’s YouTube channel to listen for a while, or check out the whole four hours. There will be no public fireworks display in Asheville for 2020.
Learn more: ashevilledowntown.org
Saturday Night Lights
July 4, 2020 @ 5:00–9:00PM | Online
Summer Equestrian Competitions are being held, but the Tryon International Equestrian Center is closed to the public. This year, view live-streamed weekend competitions from your home. Saturday Night Lights is a signature Tryon Resort event series generally featuring food, fun, live music, and more every Saturday, May through October.
Learn more: firstpeaknc.com
Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks
July 4, 2020 @ 6:00–10:00PM | Marion
Celebrate Independence Day in Downtown Marion. The parade begins at 6:00PM, and a special spot is reserved at the beginning of the parade for “anything that rolls”. This year’s Grand Marshals are McDowell County veterans. The street dance with “Gotcha Groove” begins at 7:00PM, and is followed by fireworks at 9:45PM.
Learn more: hometownmarion.com
6th Annual July 4 Fireworks Festivities and Concerts on the Creek
July 4, 2020 @ 7:00–9:00PM | Bridge Park, Sylva
This year’s special event will feature a spectacular concert by the All In One Band, one of the best R&B bands in the Southeast, followed by an impressive fireworks show when the sun goes down. The fireworks will be visible from all over Downtown Sylva. There will also be food and fun for all ages at this family-friendly celebration.
Learn more: mountainlovers.com
“Jurassic Park” (1993)
July 4, 2020 @ 9:00PM | Brevard
Genetically engineered dinos run amok on a remote island in this popular 90s classic. Drive the whole family out to enjoy this film. Location will be determined by vehicle size. All vehicles with a valid movie ticket will receive a free Drive-In Movie Pack upon arrival—one per vehicle. Run time for this movie is 2 hours and 7 minutes, plus previews. $15/vehicle.
Get tickets: brevardmusic.org
Downtown Hendersonville 4th of July Celebrations
July 4, 2020 @ 9:30–10:00PM | Main Street, Hendersonville
Enjoy a spectacular Independence Day fireworks display at sundown. The fireworks will be visible from Downtown Hendersonville and the south side of town. The town is launching a large red balloon that morning to signify visibility of the fireworks show. If you can see the “Big Red Balloon,” you can see the fireworks from your location. In keeping with social distancing guidelines, there will not be a Music on Main concert this year. Instead, tune in to WTZQ AM-1600 & The Q–95.3 FM for a patriotic soundtrack that will be synchronized to the fireworks display.
Learn more: visithendersonvillenc.org
Bryson City’s Hometown Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2020 @ 10:00PM | Bryson City
Have a big vacation in a small town! Spend the day in Bryson City exploring shops, galleries, and museums. Visit area restaurants or food trucks for dining indoors, on a patio, or at shady picnic tables or pavilions. At 10:00PM, experience the best fireworks show in the Smokies! There are plenty of good vantage points from downtown sidewalks, in Railroad Square, in the large train parking lot, and other business and municipal lots.
Learn more: greatsmokies.com
CCU July 5th Firework Display
July 5, 2020 | Canton
The Town of Canton, in partnership with Champion Credit Union, presents their annual spectacular fireworks display. Due to state restrictions on mass gatherings, there will be no formal July 4th events associated with this year’s fireworks show. The community is encouraged to view from their vehicles and/or residences.
Learn more: cantonnc.com
Firecracker 5K and Fun Run/Walk
POSTPONED: September 5, 2020 | Hendersonville
Learn more: visithendersonvillenc.org