It’s Independence Day, and you know what that means!—Face paint, flags, and fried food!
Celebrate in style at one of the many great 4th of July fireworks shows 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:
Asheville Tourists vs. Lexington Legends
July 3, 2019 @ 7:05PM | McCormick Field, Asheville
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! The Tourists will take on regional opponents, the Lexington (KY) Legends, before a big Independence Day fireworks show on the field after the game. Get tickets in advance—this game will sell out early.
Buy your tickets: milb.com
Independence Day at Omni Grove Park Inn
July 4–6, 2019 | Asheville
Celebrate our nation’s birthday in grand style at the Omni Grove Park Inn’s annual 4th of July Celebration. Enjoy the City of Asheville’s fireworks from the terrace on July 4th. The GPI sets off their own fireworks at 9:30PM on July 5. There will also be live music around the resort, as well as a multitude of activities designed for the whole family to enjoy.
Learn more: omnihotels.com
Fourth of July Celebration!
July 4, 2019 @ 7:00AM–9:30PM | 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 5K race, barbecue lunch, silent auction, and square dance.
Learn more: montreat.org
Lake Julian Fireworks Display
July 4, 2019 @ 8:00AM–10:30PM | Lake Julian Park, Arden
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 to 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: facebook.com
July 4th Weekend Family Fun at Chimney Rock
July 4–7, 2019 @ 8:30AM–5:30PM | Chimney Rock
July 4th is the ultimate summer holiday to spend with family and friends, and Chimney Rock is the perfect place to do it. Challenge yourself on the 32-foot climbing tower, take in the views on one of the many trails (pre-registration may be required), and even get up close to some of the park’s wilder staff at the 2:00PM Family Animal Encounters program. Cost is included with park admission.
Learn more: chimneyrockpark.com
Downtown Hendersonville 4th of July Celebrations
July 4, 2019 @ 9:30AM–10:00PM | Main Street, Hendersonville
The 4th of July begins in downtown Hendersonville with the Independence Day Parade, held on Main Street at 11:00AM. The Grand Marshall is the honorable Air Force Colonel William T. Stanley who was shot down behind enemy lines in Vietnam but was not captured. Later in the evening, festivities continue with the Music On Main Street Special Fireworks Celebration Concert. The event features a tribute to veterans and active service members, followed by a concert at the visitor center. Ending the evening is a 4th of July fireworks display at 9:30PM. Bring a chair and sit back, relax, and enjoy the music and fireworks!
Learn more: visithendersonvillenc.org
57th Annual Fabulous 4th of July
July 4, 2019 @ 10:00AM–10:00PM | Columbus
The Town of Columbus is proud to present the 57th annual Fabulous 4th of July Celebration in downtown Columbus. July 4th is a patriotic holiday, and the town takes great pride in honoring veteran heroes by having a special portion of entertainment time set aside for a history lesson and patriotic songs from the main stage. Each year, the celebration promises to be a fun-filled and patriotic day with music performances, games, rides, food, and crafts. The day culminates with a fantastic fireworks display.
Learn more: firstpeaknc.com
4th of July Resort Celebration
July 4, 2019 @ 10:00AM–10:00PM | Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure
Enjoy the peak of summer vacation in the mountains during Rumbling Bald Resort’s annual July 4th Resort Celebration. Begin your day with breakfast and a round of golf. From 9:00AM–5:00PM, check out the Boardwalk Arts & Crafts Sale. Family games run from 10:00AM–4:00PM, including a water balloon toss and rubber ducky derby. A children’s play area and beach cookout round out the afternoon. At 9:00PM, the national anthem will play and the Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber Annual Fireworks Show will finish the evening.
Learn more: rumblingbald.com
Bryson City Freedom Fest
July 4, 2019 @ 10:00AM–10:30PM | Bryson City
Bryson City’s annual Fourth of July celebration begins with the Rotary Club Firecracker 5K at 7:00AM and then continues with 60+ local artisans and crafters, a full day of local entertainment, festival foods, and fun events like a watermelon eating contest. Explore Kids Zone, where you’ll find a bouncy house and more. At 10:00PM, “The Star Spangled Banner” plays as you view one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in the Smokies!
Learn more: greatsmokies.com
Rootabaga Express! Live Theater at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
July 4, 2019 @ 10:15AM | Flat Rock
Rootabaga Express! brings Carl Sandburg’s stories of the Five Rusty Rats, Bimbo the Snip, and more to life. You’ll meet new characters and journey farther into the Village of Liver and Onions than ever before. These weekly 30-minute programs are held throughout the summer and feature the cast and directors from the Vagabond School of the Drama, an apprentice program of the Flat Rock Playhouse. Performances are held rain or shine at the new park amphitheater near the front lake.
Learn more: nps.gov/carl
Kids July 4th Parade
July 4, 2019 @ 11:00AM | Waynesville
Enjoy downtown Waynesville at this family-friendly celebration. Waynesville shops and restaurants will be open all day, but don’t miss the “Kids on Main” Patriotic Parade at 11:00AM. All kids are welcome to bring their wheels (bicycles, scooters, strollers), but no motorized rides are allowed. Meet on the Historic Courthouse lawn at 10:00AM for decorations, face painting, and ice cream.
Learn more: downtownwaynesville.com
Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops
July 4, 2019 @ 2:00PM | Brevard Music Center, Brevard
The Brevard Music Center (BMC) is offering an explosive afternoon of family fun to celebrate Independence Day. This will be a musical extravaganza featuring patriotic favorites, including the Tchaikovsky’s rousing “1812 Overture” with live cannons. Families are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy a picnic on the lawn prior to the concert. Tickets start at $20.
Learn more: brevardmusic.org
Ingles Independence Day Celebration
July 4, 2019 @ 2:00–10:00PM | Pack Square Park, Asheville
This free event features family activities throughout the day, with a fireworks extravaganza capping off the event at 9:30PM. Enjoy the Ultimate Air Dogs, Splashville, bouncy houses and kids’ activities, food vendors, beer, and wine. Stage entertainment features local talent and will begin at 5:00PM. No outside food, alcohol, or pets are permitted.
Learn more: ashevilledowntown.org
5th Annual July 4 Festivities and Concerts on the Creek
July 4, 2019 @ 5:00PM | Sylva
This year’s event will feature Carolina Soul Band, one of the state’s most popular R&B bands, followed by an impressive fireworks show when the sun goes down. There will also be food, drinks, and children’s activities at this family-friendly celebration.
Learn more: mountainlovers.com
Fireworks over Downtown Marshall
July 4, 2019 @ 5:00–10:00PM | Blannahasset Island, Marshall
Celebrate community and keep the tradition going in Historic Downtown Marshall! The fun begins at 5:00PM on the island. Bring some cash for food and beer, a chair, blankets, and the whole family! Fireworks begin at dark (9:45ish), put on by the wonderful Marshall Volunteer Fire Department.
Learn more: thisweekinmarshall.com
July 4 Block Party
July 4, 2019 @ 5:00–10:30PM | Weaverville
Join the Town of Weaverville for its July 4 Block Party! The event, previously held at Lake Louise Park, will be held this year on Main Street. Come and enjoy vendors set up in the municipal parking lot (at the clock on Main Street) at 5:00PM, music featuring Devils in Dust at 7:00PM, and a fireworks display at 10:00PM! A portion of Main Street, from Brown Street to Church Street, will be closed from 12:00PM–11:30PM for this event.
Learn more: weavervillenc.org
July 4th Street Dance & Fireworks
July 4, 2019 @ 5:30–9:30PM | Black Mountain
Come to downtown Black Mountain on Sutton Avenue for the town’s annual July 4th celebration. Ryan Perry Band will be performing on the outdoor stage. There will also be food vendors, activities for kids, and dancing before the fireworks begin at dark.
Learn more: exploreblackmountain.com
Independence Day Sunset Fireworks Hike
July 4, 2019 @ 6:00–10:00PM | Black Mountain
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. Hike leaders will share the history and vintage photographs of the area over dinner. The Swannanoa Valley Museum will provide watermelon and transport cargo to the summit. $35 for members, $50 for non-members.
Learn more: history.swannanoavalleymuseum.org
Independence Day Celebration; Fireworks
July 4, 2019 @ 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
July 4, 2019 @ 7:00PM | Bryson City
The Freedom Train will depart from the Bryson City Depot on July 4 at 7:00PM and 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; ticket prices vary.
Buy your tickets: gsmr.com
44th Annual 4th of July Powwow and Fireworks
July 5–7, 2019 | Cherokee
Experience authentic Indian dancing, drumming, and tribal regalia at the annual 4th of July Cherokee Powwow. Dance competitions kick the excitement up even higher, with hundreds of world-champion dancers and drummers competing for over $102,000 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 6 at 10:00PM. It’s a cash-only event! Admission: $12/day.
Learn more: visitcherokeenc.com
July 4th Plus 1
July 5, 2019 @ 6:00PM | 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, food vendors, free watermelon, and free inflatables. The evening ends with a spectacular fireworks display provided by Champion Credit Union. Bring a chair or blanket and come enjoy this family-friendly community event.
Learn more: cantonnc.com