By D. Lanier Shook July 1, 2017
Welcome to our Fourth Annual Fourth of July celebration list. This is where you can come and locate parades, fireworks, and Independence Day fun near you. Whether you intend to take a roadtrip or just hang out close to home, this is the place to get all the information you’ll need for the holiday.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA CELEBRATIONS
(Click on the town’s name for a link to their website.)
The town of Andrews will hold its celebration on July 4 from 3:30 to 8:30 at Hall Park on First Street.
The City of Asheville Downtown Association will hold its Fourth Celebration on July 4 from 2 – 10 in Pack Square Park. Its packed full of fun events and attractions and although the event itself is free, there are charges for some activities. For example, the bouncy houses will require a $3 wrist band for each child. If you are planning to attend you really, really need to click here to get lots of important details. For example, pets are only allowed in certain parts of the festival area and there are things you can’t take with you, including coolers and tents. That’s also where you’ll find a list of entertainers and more details like the Splashville fountains close at 6 pm.
Asheville’s Baseball team has a week full of July 4th specials, including fireworks, $1 hot dogs, and free General Admission with a donation of four canned goods. For more information about what they’re cooking up at McCormick Field click here to visit their website. For reasons to attend the Asheville Tourists’ game click here to read about my experience at one of them.
Lake Julian Fireworks
As usual Buncombe County Parks and Recreation will be hosting fireworks at Lake Julian on July 4. For more information click here to visit their website.
I’d like to thank Crystal at the Bakersville Town Hall for letting me know that Bakersville will hold its Independence Day celebration on Tuesday the Fourth at the Gooch School — located at 134 Laurel Street — featuring music and food.. It will begin at 7pm, with fireworks at dark.
Western North Carolina’s Front Porch will hold its Independence Day celebration starting at 5:30 on Tuesday July 4 and wrapping up at 9:30. The center of the fun will be Sutton Street and attendees can look forward to food, a street dance, and — of course — fireworks.
Brevard’s 4th web page says it best: “Brevard’s Fourth of July Celebration is Americana at its best…” This celebration is epic, featuring a 5K, a 10K, a Duck Race, a Car Show, the reading of the Declaration of Independence, a bicycle race, and more. Click on the town’s name to get all the details, including great places to see the fireworks from.
Columbus will be going all out Tuesday, July 4 during an all day celebration from 10 in the morning to 10 at night. For more information about the food, fun, and fireworks click on the town’s name.
Franklin’s All American 4th of July is one of those events that puts the holiday on the map. The Parade begins on Tuesday the 4th at 10 am and is open to everyone and when I say open I mean you can just join right in, right there, no registration required. There’s also a Little Mr/Miss Firecracker Contest, also with no registration required. Plus, the bouncy houses and watermelon are free. These folks are big on participation. For all the information just click on the town’s name.
Hendersonville will be holding their Independence Day parade at 11 am on Tuesday the 4th and you can click here to learn more. Fireworks will be held later at dark and they are continuing to put up a Big Red Balloon so you can gauge whether or not you’ll have a good view of the fireworks. Click here for more information about the fireworks, then just scroll down to July 4’s entry on the calendar.
Lake Junaluska is having a Fourth celebration filled with music, picnics, parades, and celebrities. Balsam Range, Laura Story, and their own Lake Junaluska Singers will be only part of your experience if you decide to spend the Fourth there. Click on the town’s name for more information.
Maggie Valley will be holding a five hour extravaganza beginning at 6 pm on July 4. For more information click on the town’s name.
Marion, North Carolina is going to have a busy July 4th, kicking off at 5:30 pm when the July 4th Parade begins to assemble. This parade is open to people on skates, skateboards or bicycles. After the parade local musicians will perform several concerts, followed by a street dance and fireworks. For more information click on the town’s name.
Mars Hill will be holding events before and after dark on Tuesday the 4th, including fireworks. Click the town’s name for more information.
Marshall, North Carolina has a very special 4th celebration planned. On the 3d and 4th they’ll have rodeos and fireworks will follow the rodeo. Click on the town name for more information.
Montreat’s Stars and Stripes Fourth Celebration is an 8 hour event involving a parade, barbeque, square dance, 5K, and so much more. Even if you aren’t going click on the town’s name for the impressive schedule.
Murphy’s celebration starts at 10 am and involves two parades, bouncy houses, food, and fireworks. So click on the town’s name for more information.
Sylva and Jackson County will be celebrating Independence Day on July 4 with fireworks, food, and great music. Click on the town’s name for more information.
Waynesville holds a robust Stars and Stripes Celebration on Tuesday featuring music, entertainment, parades, and much more. Click on the town’s name to link to their event calendar and then click on the Stars and Stripes Celebration link.
Weaverville has an incredible 4th planned with the Steak and Shake 5K presented by the Kiwanis Club — click here for more information —along with fireworks and live music by Joe Lasher, Jr and Ashely Heath. Click the town’s name for more information about their Fire on the Lake celebration.
If you’re interested in a roadtrip for the Fourth here’s a quick list of other celebrations in the region. Just click on the town’s name to visit their website.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Morganton, North Carolina
Valdese, North Carolina
Greenville, South Carolina
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
Johnson City, Tennessee
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee