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!
While some communities are still social distancing, you can celebrate in style at a variety of fireworks shows and other events across the region. If you have trouble choosing, our agents weighed in on their favorite fireworks locations to help you find the right view. But don’t sit around all day waiting for the light show!
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. Find the best one (or two, or three) for you below.
Know of other local July 4th events? Let us know and we’ll keep this list up to date!
4th of July Weekend Celebration
July 2–4, 2021 | Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure
Enjoy the peak of summer vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains during Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure’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 on Saturday. At 9:20PM that evening, the national anthem will play before the fireworks show. Only members and registered guests will be allowed on the Rumbling Bald property. And only those with a wristband will be allowed on the beach.
Learn more: rumblingbald.com
46th Annual 4th of July Powwow and Fireworks
July 2–4, 2021 | Acquoni Expo Center, Cherokee
This event features fireworks of another kind—a three-day explosion of authentic Indian music, dancing, food, and festivities. Come join the fun as the ground erupts in a sea of twirling color. This action-packed weekend includes colorful regalia, jaw-dropping dances, and music made to move you. Dance competitions kick off the excitement with over $150,000 in prize money. Experience authentic tribal foods, browse traditional Indian crafts, and get an insider’s look at a rich, ancient culture. Spectators travel cross-country to see a powwow as spectacular as this! Admission is $15 daily. Children 6 and under are free. This event is cash only.
Learn more: visitcherokeenc.com
Freedom Days at the Farm
July 2–4, 2021 @ 9:00AM–5:00PM | Mountain Fresh Orchards, Hendersonville
Come join the party! Mountain Fresh Orchards will be open this 4th of July weekend. Stop by for fresh produce, tasty treats from the bakery, and canned items. You can also enjoy Apple Express train rides, photo opportunities, and more. It’s fun for the whole family!
Learn more: mtnfreshorchards.com
Fourth of July Celebration!
July 3, 2021 @ 9:00AM–6:00PM | Montreat Conference Center, Montreat
Montreat Conference Center welcomes you to their annual July 4th Celebration! Traditionally a homecoming holiday that brings extended Montreat families together from all over the country, the Fourth of July celebration at Montreat captures the essence of American life and has become a popular celebration for everyone in the area. Come out for a parade and a variety of fun events for the whole family, including a flag raising, silent auction, old timers’ softball game, and free boats on Lake Susan.
Learn more: montreat.org
Bryson City’s Freedom Fest
July 3, 2021 @ 10:00AM | Bryson City
Have a big vacation in a small town! The fun begins at 10:00AM, when Everett Street is closed for arts, crafts, food, and a music festival. Visit restaurants or food trucks for great local dining. Or find food vendors with all your holiday favorites: funnel cakes, shaved ice, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, BBQ, kettle corn, and more. Beginning at 6:00PM, Kevin Daniel will perform Southern rock and blues. At 8:00PM, Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats will take the stage. At 10:00PM, experience the best fireworks show in the Smokies!
Learn more: greatsmokies.com
Fabulous 4th of July Celebration
July 3, 2021 @ 10:00AM–10:00PM | Columbus
The Town of Columbus is celebrating its 58th Fourth of July Celebration this year! Come join the crowd for this family-oriented event. The day is filled with family fun, food, and entertainment, ending with spectacular fireworks.
Learn more: firstpeaknc.com
Downtown Hendersonville Independence Day Parade
July 3, 2021 @ 10:30–11:00AM | Main Street, Hendersonville
The annual Independence Day Parade, organized by the Downtown Merchants & Business Association, takes place at 10:30AM on Main Street.
Learn more: visithendersonvillenc.org
Stars and Stripes Celebration
July 3, 2021 @ 11:00AM–3:00PM | Waynesville
Enjoy live music and entertainment in Downtown Waynesville at this family-friendly celebration. This annual event features a Children’s Patriotic Parade. Waynesville shops and restaurants will be open all day.
Learn more: downtownwaynesville.com
Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks
July 3, 2021 @ 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
Independence Day at Lake Julian
July 4, 2021 @ 8:00AM–10:00PM | Lake Julian Park, Arden
On July 4, the night sky will ignite with a barrage of color, light, and sound over Lake Julian! Buncombe County friends, neighbors, and guests are invited to enjoy the glittery spectacle just after dark from the banks of the lake on blankets and lawn chairs. The fireworks display begins approximately at 9:15PM, but visitors should arrive by 7:45PM to allow enough time for parking and entering the park. But don’t wait! The park opens at 8:00AM for fishing, outdoor games, grilling, food trucks, and much more. Local bluegrass band Supper Break will play live music during the afternoon and into the evening.
Learn more: facebook.com
7th Annual July 4 Fireworks Festivities
July 4, 2021 @ 6:30–10:00PM | Sylva
Be prepared to welcome the All In One Party Band to the stage for a COVID-safe performance from 6:30–8:00PM, and a second set from 8:00–9:30PM. They are one of the Southeast’s finest bands, performing classic hits, soul, R&B, and beach music. Fireworks begin at dark immediately after the concert, approximately 9:45PM, and are visible from various locations throughout downtown Sylva and the immediate surrounding areas.
Learn more: mountainlovers.com
City of Asheville Fireworks Display
July 4, 2021 @ 6:30–10:00PM | Pack Square Park, Asheville
The City of Asheville will put on a fireworks display downtown for the Fourth of July! However, for this year, there will be no accompanying festival activities. There will be no food or drink vendors at the park, but people are welcome to bring pre-prepared food. There will be portable bathrooms, water bottle filling stations, and first aid available in the Pack Square Park area. The city expects the Splasheville splash play fountain for children will be repaired and reopened by then. DJ Nex Millen will supply music on the Pack Square Park stage from 6:30–9:30PM, before the fireworks display at approximately 9:30PM.
Learn more: ashevillenc.gov/news
Downtown Hendersonville 4th of July Concert & Fireworks
July 4, 2021 @ 7:00–10:00PM | Main Street, Hendersonville
The Hendersonville Visitor Center and Henderson County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to offer a family-friendly 4th of July Celebration. The evening’s activities will include inflatables, kids games and activities, food trucks, and two stages featuring live music. The evening will be capped off with the annual fireworks display between 9:15–9:30PM. A large balloon will be launched the morning of the 4th to signify the visibility of the fireworks show—if you can see the “Big Balloon”, you can see the fireworks from your location.
Learn more: visithendersonvillenc.org
Independence Day Sunset Fireworks Hike
July 4, 2021 @ 7:00–11:00PM | Black Mountain
Celebrate the 4th of July with a moderate, 1.5-mile hike to the peak of Sunset Mountain. Enjoy an old-fashioned watermelon cutting. Then, sit back to watch the sunset and Black Mountain’s fireworks display. Hike leaders will share the history and vintage photographs of this most historic place over dinner. The Swannanoa Valley Museum will provide watermelon and transport cargo to the summit. $40 for museum members, $55 for non-members.
Learn more: history.swannanoavalleymuseum.org
July 4th Fireworks in Brevard
July 4, 2021 @ 9:20PM | Brevard
The City of Brevard is pleased to sponsor this year’s fireworks show. The show will begin at dark (approximate start time will be between 9:20–9:40PM). However, please note that the Brevard College campus will be closed to community fireworks viewers this year. Viewers will be able to watch the display from all other areas accessible in the past.
Learn more: cityofbrevard.com
July 4th Plus One
July 5, 2021 @ 6:00PM | Sorrell’s Street Park, Canton
The Town of Canton, in partnership with Champion Credit Union, presents “July 4th plus 1” on July 5 in Sorrell’s Street Park. The event starts at 6:00PM with music from Sound Extreme, food vendors (Lenoir’s Beef and Bakery, Fat Belly’s, Feugo, Wildflour Blue, and Hit the Pit Barbecue), free watermelon, and free inflatables. The evening ends with a spectacular fireworks display. Bring a chair or blanket and come enjoy this family-friendly community event. All are welcome.
Learn more: cantonnc.com