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.
- The Ingle’s Independence Day Celebration will be at Pack Square Park starting at 2 p.m. and ending at 10. Music entertainment will include Lunch Box(I think that’s a group), Joe Lasher, Jr, and Junior Brown. There’ll be bounce houses available for kids, the Splashville fountains will operate most of the day, and food vendors will be on hand. Click here to visit the Downtown Association’s website.
- According to the BCGOVTV Youtube Channel fireworks will begin at dark at Lake Julian, just across from Valley Springs Middle School off Long Shoals Road in South Asheville. Click here to view the broadcast.
- The Asheville Tourists will be featuring fireworks at their games on July 4 and 5, sponsored by Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministries and Asheville Savings Bank. 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 on July the Fourth. Click here to visit the town’s website.
- 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’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:
- Click here to read about the Music on Main Independence Day Show.
- Click here to read about the Fun on the Fourth at Burntshirt Vineyards.
- Click here to read about the Mountaineer Antique Auto Club Car Show on the Fourth and Fifth.
- Click here to read about Beats, Burgers & Brews at the Old Rock at Chimney Rock.
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’s 4th of July celebration includes daytime activities and fireworks at dark. Click here to find out more at their website.
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.
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Morganton, North Carolina—Red, White, and Bluegrass Festival this weekend.
- Morganton, North Carolina fireworks
- Hickory, Valdese, and Lenoir, North Carolina Fourth of July events.
- Greenville, South Carolina Wells Fargo Red, White, and Blue celebration presented by AT&T.
- Spartanburg, South Carolina’s Red, White, and Boom celebration.
- Columbia, South Carolina is having a ‘famously hot’ Fourth Celebration with fireworks and a boat parade.
- Charleston, South Carolina is a city that’s worth visiting any day of the year and their celebration of the Fourth is no exception.
- Atlanta, Georgia is a travel mecca all year long and its no different on the Fourth of July.
- Knoxville, Tennessee has a lot to offer —and a vibe that reminds me of Asheville — and their Festival on the Fourth is an example of this.
- Johnson City is only an hour away and full of culture, shopping, and entertainment, making it a great place to spend the Fourth. This year they are even giving away a car.
- Bristol is just over an hour away and will be hosting an incredible Fourth celebration.
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- For the history minded folk, Rocky Mount — between Bristol and Johnson City — will be celebrating the Fourth like it would have been celebrated in 1791.
- Kingsport, Tennessee will feature fireworks and a concert on the Fourth.
- If you want to squeeze in two (or more) parades in one day, enjoy Gatlinburg’s Fourth of July Parade that starts at midnight on the 4th.
- Pigeon Forge is close to both Gatlinburg and Knoxville, offering the possibility of several celebrations in one day.