HOLIDAYS: Our Second Annual Fourth of July Celebration List

By D. Lanier Shook                             June 24, 2013
Last year we shared a list of 34 Fourth of July celebrations within driving distance of Asheville. This year we’re doing it again! So, whatever your plans for our nation’s birthday, here’s a list of what’s going on near and only slightly far.


Andrews kicks off their Fourth celebration at 9 a.m. Click here to find out more on the Cherokee County website



Black Mountain

  • Black Mountain residents can look forward to a street dance, music by the WOXL House Bands, games, food vendors,and fireworks at dark. Click here to visit their web page and then scroll down to the July 4 listing. Don’t forget to check out the July 3 listing for Park Rhythms free outdoor concert at Lake Tomahawk.
  • Don’t forget about Montreat’s Fourth of July celebration complete with a square dance, barbeque, parade, and more. Click here to read about it.


The town of Brevard continues their patriotic traditions with a day long Fourth of July celebration including a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a duck race, a car 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’s Fourth celebration is worth the trip. They’ll be holding  will be hosting an impressive Fourth of July celebration with a watermelon eating contest, hula hoop 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.


Burnsville will hold their fireworks on July 5th in the Square with telescope demonstrations afterwards.


Columbus’ 52nd Fabulous Fourth Celebration will be held on Friday the Fourth from 10 am to 10 pm. Click here to visit the city’s website.


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. Click here for more information.


Clay County has a busy Fourth planned and you can find out more by clicking here and scrolling down to the July section of their calendar.


Henderson County has several events going on the Fourth and you’ll want to click here to learn about all of them by scrolling down to the July section. Or you can:


Marion will kick off a vibrant Fourth celebration about 5:30. The line up includes a parade, music, and fireworks. Click here to visit their website and get all the info.

Mars Hill

Mars Hill’s 4th of July celebration includes daytime activities and fireworks at dark. Click here to find out more at their website.


Folks in Marshall get a real treat on the 3rd and 4th of July with a rodeo — and fireworks — sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association and Southern Rodeo Association. Find out more by clicking here.


I’d like to thank Mountain Country Cabins for posting information about Murphy, North Carolina’s Fourth celebration. They offer an incredible selection of rentals and great discounts on regional attractions. Their website also will tell you about Murphy’s celebrations — featuring a peanut drop, hot air balloon ride, and family games— on the Fourth, so click here to find out more.


Graham County is celebrating our heritage with music, dancing, sack races, and a display of an actual still. Find out more by clicking here to visit Graham County’s event calendar.


Sylva and Cashiers are celebrating the Fourth in style. Click here to find out more on their event calendar.


On the Fourth you can shop late while enjoying live music. Don’t forget about the Children’s Parade and Cookout on Main. Click here for more information. You can find out about Maggie Valley’s Red, White, and Boom celebration by clicking here to visit their website. Lake Junaluska will be celebrating all weekend and you can find out more by clicking here to visit their website.


Once again Weaverville will be holding the Fire on the Lake Music Festival with music by David Holt and fireworks at dusk. Find out more by clicking here.

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. Click on these links to find out about these city’s Fourth celebrations.

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