By D. Lanier Shook June 28, 2013
How will you be celebrating the Fourth of July? Do you plan to picnic, barbeque, go to a fireworks show, or just enjoy some quiet time at home? Here’s a list of local celebrations you may find useful.
- The Ingle’s Fourth of July Celebration will be at Pack Square Park starting at 4 p.m. and ending at 9:30. The fireworks are scheduled for the end of the Celebration. Click here to visit the city’s page.
- Buncombe County will be presenting fireworks at Lake Julian just after dark. Click here to visit their page.
- The Asheville Tourists will be featuring fireworks at their games on July 2 and 3. Click here to visit their homepage, scroll down to July 2 and 3 and click on “Promotions” for all the details.
- Bakersville, North Carolina will hold their fireworks at dusk. Click here to visit the town’s website.
- The Penland School of Crafts will also be holding a Fourth of July parade, auction, and fireworks. Click here for more details.
- Black Mountain will be having a street dance on Sutton Avenue beginning at 5 p.m. Fireworks will start at dark. Click here to check out their Calendar of Events.
- Montreat is having an incredible Fourth Parade and celebration. I’m not sure if they’ll have fireworks, but if you’re interested click here for their schedule or click here to read what the parade is like.
The town of Brevard will be having an awesome, old fashioned day long Fourth of July celebration that would make our founding fathers proud. They’ll feature a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a bicycle parade, a car show, an arts and crafts show, a pet show, a hot dog eating contest, and a 5K race. The fireworks will start at 9:30 and you can find out all about it by clicking here to visit their home page.
Bryson City will be hosting an impressive Fourth of July celebration with a watermelon eating contest, pet contests (Best Tail Wag Award and Looks Most Like Their Owner Award), a 5K, a street full of fun activities for the kids, music emceed by Elvis, and fireworks at dark while The Star Spangled Banner is played in the background. Click here to find out more and see photos from years past.
The town of Burnsville will be having their fireworks on July 5, which opens the possibility of seeing fireworks for two days in a row. If you do want to see the fireworks you need to be there by 9:30. Click here for the Yancey Chamber of Commerce’s Calendar of Events to find out more.
Columbus is putting on a day long celebration of American independence. It starts at 10 am when Anita Williamson will sing the National Anthem and winds up at 9:45 when the fireworks fly. In between you can enjoy lots of awesome (free) music, a 5K, car shows, basketball tournaments, chess tournaments, dancing, and over 70 vendors. For all the details click here for maps and a schedule.
The town of Franklin will be holding a parade from 10 am to 1 pm on July 4th. The fireworks celebration will begin at 3 pm in the Macon County Recreation Park and continue until dark. Click here for more information.
Hayesville will be celebrating the nation’s birthday and their centennial on July the 4th. It all happens on the Square in Hayesville from 8 to 2 pm, with a parade starting at 11:30.There will be two locations in the area to view fireworks, the Georgia Fairgrounds or Brasstown Resort. Click here to check out all the details at the Clay County Chamber of Commerce.
Hendersonville has a nifty system to help folks see the fireworks better. They put up a balloon and, if you can see the balloon, you’ll be able to see the fireworks. In fact you can click here to view a map they put online to help you find a place to see the fireworks. For all the information about the music, food, and celebration click here to visit the Visitor Information Center’s website.
Marion has a incredible Fourth planned. Their parade begins at 6 pm, after things have cooled down. You can hear music from the Foothills Community Band, Natalie Elliott, and A Social Function. Fireworks will be at 9:45. For all the details click here to check out the Marion Events page.
Mars Hill’s 4th of July celebration will occur at Mars Hill Park with activities all afternoon and fireworks at dark.
Robbinsville decided that one day wasn’t enough to celebrate our nation’s independence, so they’re doing it for three days. From July 4 – 6 they’ll hold the Heritage Festival and County Fair. Folks at the celebration will enjoy music, crafts, contests, face painting, lumberjack and greased pig contests. Obviously there will also be fireworks on the Fourth. For all the information click here to view the pamphlet.
Sylva’s fireworks will be set off above Dillsboro —on the western end of Sylva —just after it gets dark.
- Waynesville is hosting an impressive day of activities on the Fourth. From 11 to 3 you can enjoy all that the Stars and Stripes Celebration has to offer. This includes a Kids On Main Parade, a cookout, and lots of great music. Click here to read the poster on the Downtown Association’s website. You can click here to read the poster for the Kid’s Parade.
- Maggie Valley will hold it’s Red, White, and Boom celebration from 2 in the afternoon until 11 that night. There’ll be a great Kids Zone and fireworks will be at 10 pm. You should be able to see them from all over the area and from Waynesville. For more information click here to check out their website.
- Lake Junaluska isn’t just celebrating our nation’s birthday, but theirs as well. They’re holding a week of events including a great Fourth celebration. There’ll be a parade, a barbeque, and special concerts all day. Fireworks will happen at 9:45 and should be visible from Waynesville. Click here for the Centennial Week website and scroll down to Thursday’s events.
Weaverville decided to have an entire music festival on the Fourth of July. The Fire on the Lake Music Festival
will feature awesome music groups including David Holt and fireworks around 10 pm. For more information click here to visit their page.
The Fourth is also a great time to take a daytrip to visit family or just get out of town. Here are a few celebrations further away that you might still find useful, especially if you live closer to them.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte is North Carolina’s largest city and features a wide variety of independence celebrations. You can find most of them listed by clicking here to visit the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority’s website.
Morganton, North Carolina
Morganton is putting on an entire bluegrass festival this week. The Red White and Bluegrass Festival is an award winning event that started on Sunday and will continue through Thursday. On the Fourth you can enjoy the Festival for free. There’ll be great music and fireworks at 9:30. Click here to visit their website.
Hickory, North Carolina
Hickory will have a July 4th parade on the 3rd of July and the Crawdads will have a fireworks display on the 4th. Click here to find out the details.
Greenville, South Carolina
Greenville will have an awesome Wells Fargo Red, White, and Blue presented by AT&T. For a schedule and a map of parking click here to visit the website.
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Spartanburg is calling its huge Independence Day celebration the Red, White, and Boom! They’ll include music, food, and fireworks. Click here to learn about the festival and the music.
Columbia, South Carolina
There are many events going on in South Carolina’s capital on July the Fourth. For a full list you need to click here and look at the range of events.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is a city that needs no introduction. It’s history and culture are second to none. If you’re lucky enough to spend the Fourth in Charleston you need to click here and check out what their Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has on their calendar.
Atlanta’s a great place to visit any day but a holiday is an extra special time to visit. So click here and check out what’s going on in the largest city in the South.
Knoxville has a great celebration planned and you need to click here to find out all about the Festival on the Fourth. For maps of parking, information about bike parades, and a really cool helicopter flyover click here.
Johnson City, Tennessee
Pepsi and Food City are providing the good people of Johnson City with an awesome Fireworks show. The 28th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration looks like loads of fun and you need to click here to visit its website.
Bristol’s citizens can look forward a great parade you can learn more about by clicking here. Of course they also have great fireworks going and you need to click here to find out more about those.
Kingsport’s a great East Tennessee town that you should visit. This might be a great time and you need to click here to find out about what they have planned for the Fourth of July.
Gatlinburg has a unique take on Independence Day. They are holding the first Independence Day parade in the nation — literally. It starts at midnight and you need to click here to find out more about it, their river parade, and their fireworks.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
The Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival will be a mix of great music, great food, and great fireworks. You need to click here to find out more about what Pigeon Forge has planned.
Well, that’s the list. It’s not exhaustive, but you will find it comprehensive. Whatever you do, enjoy the Fourth of July and remember what the holiday is about.
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