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.


Andrews will hold its 4th of July Hometown Celebration in Andrews Recreation Park on the 4th and will feature fun, fireworks, and music. Click here for more information.



Black Mountain


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

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

Mars Hill’s 4th of July celebration will occur at Mars Hill Park with activities all afternoon and fireworks at dark.


Marshall will hold a rodeo and firework at the Fairgrounds in Marshall.


Murphy’s 4th of July Hometown Celebration will be held on the Fourth of July and should be loads of fun. It will include a parade, fishing tournament, and fireworks will start at dark. For more information click here to visit their website.


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.



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, Georgia

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, Tennessee

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, Tennessee-Virginia

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, Tennessee

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, Tennessee

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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