By D. Lanier Shook June 27, 2015
For the past two years we’ve complied and shared a list of Fourth of July celebrations within driving distance of Asheville. This year we’re doing it again! Remember to check the links provided to find out details about each event, such as if pets are allowed or you have to pay for parking.
Andrews kicks off their Fourth celebration at 10 a.m. Click here to find out more.
The Asheville Downtown Association and Ingles Markets are teaming with other organizations and companies to bring you another vibrant, exciting Fourth celebration. This year includes music, fireworks, family activities, and food trucks. I’d like to mention the sponsors, since these folks make community events possible. Along with Ingles Markets we can thank 105.9 The Mountain, 99.9 Kiss Country, Mix 96.5, Rock 105.1, Asheville Color & Imaging, Asheville Scene, The Brite Agency, Budweiser of Asheville, Bud Light, Foothills Brewing, Go Minis, Harry’s on the Hill, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, The Laurel of Asheville, and Renaissance Asheville Hotel.
This year’s celebration begins on Friday, July 4 at 2pm and will run until 10 pm. Fireworks are set for 9:30. For more information — including what you and can’t bring — click here to visit the celebration’s homepage.
Buncombe County’s Lake Julian Park will be having their fireworks show on ___ and you can click here to learn more.
The Asheville Tourists are featuring fireworks and you can learn more by clicking here to visit their website.
Bakersville, North Carolina will hold their fireworks at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July the Fourth. Click here to visit the town’s event calendar.
The town of Black Mountain will be holding a street dance and fireworks on Sutton Street downtown, starting at 4pm on July 4. The fireworks start at dark and if you have any questions just click here to visit the town’s calendar and scroll down to July 4.
Don’t forget about Montreat’s Fourth Parade. Its a beautiful college town spread out on the hills around Lake Susan (Click here to see photos of the Lake) and every year they hold a great celebration. This year it starts at 10:30 and you can click here to learn more.
Brevard is a town that believes in an old-fashioned, day long celebration of the Fourth. This year it will start at 8am and end with a bang — literally — at 9:30. There will be hot dog eating contests, a bike parade, concerts, auto show, pet parade, reading of the Declaration of Independence among alot of other events. Click here to read all about it on their very well designed web page.
Bryson City is another town that loves to celebrate the Fourth. This includes a watermelon eating contest, hula hoop contest, pet contests, a 5K, a street full of activities for the kids, performances 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.
Columbus will hold it’s 53rd annual Fabulous Fourth Celebration on Saturday the Fourth from 10 am to 10 pm. Click here to visit the city’s website.
The town of Franklin’s Fourth of July Parade starts at 10 am on Main Street. The fireworks celebration that begins at 3 pm includes food, games, kids activites, and fireworks at dark. Click here for more information about the Fourth of July in the Park and you can click here to learn about the Parade.
Clay County’s Fourth includes music, drama, and fireworks. Click here, then scroll down to the July section of their calendar.
There’s alot going on in Henderson County on the Fourth including fireworks, music, parades, and more. Learn about all of them by clicking here to visit their calendar and scrolling down to the July section.
For detailed information about the Special Music on Main from 7 to 9:30 click here and scroll down to the listing for July 4.
Marion’s Fourth will include everything from a Farmer’s Market to fireworks and a street dance. Click here to visit their calendar and scroll down to the July section for the information.
Mars Hill’s 4th of July celebration includes daytime activities and fireworks at dark. Click here to find out more at their website.
Marshall will be holding a Rodeo and Fireworks at the Fairground in Marshall on Friday, July 3 at 7:30 pm.
The town of Murphy will hold a fireworks displays at Knowhete Park beginning about dark —9 pm — on July 4. For information about the other great Cherokee County Fourth activities click here to check out their calendar.
Graham County’s 2015 Heritage Festival stretches across two days — Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th — in Courthouse Square in Robbinsville. Attracitons include a real moonshine still, contests for kids and adults, dancing, door prizes, and even more. Click here to visit their website for all the details.
Jackson County is celebrating the Fourth with fireworks and music by Darren Nicholson, The Business, and David Holt. Click here to learn more.
Waynesville’s Stars and Stripes Celebration begin Saturday the Fourth at 11 am. Find out more about their Kids On Main Parade, Main Street Cookout, and Patriotic Concert by clicking here to visit their website.
For information about Lake Junaluska’s 3 day long Independence Day Celebration click here to visit their website. To find out about Maggie Valley’s Red, White, and Boom just click here to visit their website, then scroll down to July 4.
Weaverville is going to be home to the 22d Annual Firecracker 5K Run which benefits North Buncombe scholarships and which you can learn more about by clicking here.
Weaverville will be holding its fireworks after dark at Lake Louise.
Here are a few other 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’s Twelfth Annual Red, White, and Bluegrass Festival
- Valdese, 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 Slide the City event.
- 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 Tennessee-Virginia is just over an hour away and will be hosting an incredible Fourth celebration.
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.
- 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.
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