Downtown Asheville, July 4, 2013
An event for the whole family, the Ingles Fourth of July Celebration festivities start at 4 PM in Park Square Park and close with fireworks at 9:30 PM. The day features live music, old-fashioned games, a variety of food from area vendors and a grand fireworks finale. Free
Tourist Baseball Game Fireworks, July 2 & 3, 2013
The ever-popular baseball and fireworks double feature begins at 7:05 PM when the Asheville Tourists host the Augusta Greenjackets. After the zipline, baseballs and cheers fill McCormick Field, the Tourists present their annual spectacular fireworks show. Tickets go on sale April 21 and will sell-out ahead of time. Buy at the McCormick Field box office as well as online at theashevilletourists.com.
South Asheville Fireworks
At Lake Julian, fireworks show starts at dark, but come early. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and find a spot along the lake. The park offers picnic tables, grills, a sand volleyball court, two horseshoe pits, boat rental and a playground. Bring a picnic! Park at Estes Elementary School on Long Shoals Road across from the lake. From Asheville take I-26 East to Exit #37. Turn left at the light onto Long Shoals Road. Free
There will be a private fireworks show just for guests of the Inn at Biltmore on July 4. Special packages.
Grove Park Inn Fireworks
The Grove Park Inn has fireworks on July 5 for their guests. A bigger show will be held on July 12 for their 100th Anniversary Open House.
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More 4th of July Celebrations & Fireworks near Asheville in the North Carolina Mountains
• Brevard: TOP PICK! All festivities on July 4. Morning 5K/10K Firecracker Run. During the day, downtown streets are closed to an overflowing crowd. Transylvania Community Arts Council hosts its Annual Fine Arts & Craft Showcase. The Classic Automobile Show stretches for blocks and delights even the casual aficionado of 1920s to 1970s vintage vehicles. The Courthouse Gazebo is center stage for day-long musical entertainment. Fireworks at 9:30 PM.
• Black Mountain/Montreat: Montreat will host a parade on July 4 at 10:30 AM. barbecue lunch available at noon for $10. Black Mountain will have family fun and fireworks beginning at 7 PM on July 4.
• Fireworks Hike: Come celebrate the Fourth of July with an old-fashioned watermelon cutting, and view the Black Mountain fireworks display from the peak of Sunset Mountain, presented by the Swannanoa Valley Museum. Meet in parking lot of Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E. State St. at 6 PM. Please bring your dinner, water, a folding chair, a flash light, poncho (just in case), and warm clothes (it can get chilly after dark even in July). The Museum’s team will transport chairs up the mountain for hikers and provide watermelon and soft drinks. You will carpool to the trail head and hike 45 minutes on a moderate-easy trail to the mountaintop where you will have your dinner and watch the fireworks explode over the town. Cost is $20 for members and $35 for nonmembers. To register, call 828-669-9566 or email email@example.com.
• Weaverville: This small town a little north of Asheville will have fireworks on the 4th at Lake Louise.
• Orchard at Alta Pass on Blue Ridge Parkway: July 4th, 11:00 AM-4:30 PM, Covered dish picnic open to all. Live music all day is free! Admission for the meal is a dish to share OR $10 per meal. The Orchard provides fresh barbecue, water, iced tea and paper goods. You might want to bring lawn chairs.
• Cherokee: Celebrate America's Independence with a bang at Cherokee’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks display, located at the Acquoni Expo Center. The festivities kick off on July 4th at dark.
• Hendersonville: July 4th Fireworks display at dark, viewable from downtown Hendersonville, with free live outdoor music 7-9 PM downtown at 201 South Main (Visitors Center).
• Lake Lure: Watch color explode in the sky from the shores or take a ride on a Lake Lure Tours boat for the best seat in the house. Fireworks start at sundown.
• Waynesville: The Stars and Stripes daytime celebration runs from 11 AM to 3 PM along Main Street with music and sidewalk sales on July 4. No fireworks in downtown Waynesville, but see them nearby in Maggie Valley and Lake Junaluska.
• Maggie Valley: Red White & Boom, 2-11 PM! Free admission. July 4th Fireworks at 10 PM at Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
• Cashiers: Cashiers Mountain Music Festival on June 30 & July 1. Fireworks at dark on July 1 at 9:30 PM.
• Franklin: 4th of July Parade in Historic Downtown Franklin at 10 AM. Fireworks at dark at Macon County Veteran’s Memorial Rec Park. U.S. 441 South.
• Dillsboro: Enjoy free play with different games on July 4th around town - checkers, horseshoes, corn hole and more. Entertainment begins at 5 PM on the main stage at the intersection of Church Street & Front Street. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the show. Fireworks will begin at dark from Harrison Quarry. There are lots of good places to watch the fireworks - just ask a local. Near Sylva.
• Burnsville: Fireworks show on July 5th followed by Stars on the Square astronomy event with telescopes for viewing stars, constellations, planets and satellites. They're sponsored by the local astronomy group, whose members share their high-powered telescopes so folks can peer deep into space. Free.
• Old Fort: Community Picnic on the grounds of Mountain Gateway Museum between 1 and 3 pm. Bring your food, drinks, chairs, blankets and the family to enjoy the shaded landscape bordering picturesque Mill Creek. Afterwards, stroll out to Catawba Avenue and watch the Independence Day Parade that begins at 4 PM.
• Bryson City: Freedom Fest is an old fashioned street festival begins at 10 AM with great local music, handcrafted arts, P.A.W.S. dog show, watermelon eating contest and hula hoop off. Fireworks show at 10 PM.
• Beech Mountain: On July 6, the big Pig Roast at the Beech Mountain Ski Resort, starting at 6 PM. Admission ($15 advance, $20 at door) includes: barbecue pork & turkey breast cooked over homemade hickory coals, side items and a Moon Pie for dessert. Also includes fireworks at dark, dancing on the patio of View Haus overlooking ski slopes and the mountain biking park.
MORE 2013 EVENTS!
Antique Car Show in Asheville
Explore 18 acres of classic cars, trucks and street rods at the annual Mountaineer Antique Auto Car Show on July 5-7, 2013 at the Western North Carolina Agriculture Center near the Asheville Airport. Visit their Web site for more.
Shindig on the Green
July 6: Musicians and dancers from across Western North Carolina gather starting at 7 PM, to share the region's stirring Southern Appalachian mountain culture and traditions-with each other and visitors from around the world-at the Shindig on the Green in downtown Asheville. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and stake out a spot on the "green." Free!
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Brevard Music Center Festival Concerts
The Brevard Music Center (BMC), a summer festival led by BMC Artistic Director Keith Lockhart, with several concerts during the week of July 4th. On July 4th at 2 PM, the Transylvania Symphonic Band presents the Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops Concert, one of the Brevard Music Center's most popular events each season features with favorite marches and patriotic tunes, a live color guard, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with live cannons. Families are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy a picnic on the lawn prior to the concert. . More on the Festival.
Reminder: Fireworks Illegal in National Forests
Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are prohibited on all national grassland and national forest lands year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays. Regulations are enforced, and violation is punishable as a misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.