There are many 4th of July celebrations and firework shows in Asheville and the North Carolina mountains! Here's a big list of events:
Downtown Asheville Independence Day Celebration 2015
Join in the fun in Park Square Park with family activities and entertainment, starting at 2 PM on July 4th at the annual Ingles Independence Day Celebration. The Ultimate Air Dogs will compete at 2, 4, 6 and 7:30 PM. Children will love the bouncy houses, Splashville Fountain and activities provided from 2-6 PM. A $2 wristband allows kids to jump, bounce and race. Stage entertainment kicks off at 4 PM. Headliner for the evening will be Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale, one of the most respected artists working in Americana, bluegrass and country music. A variety of local bands will perform during the afternoon. Beer and wine will be available for purchase including local brews (with purchase of $2 wristband). No outside alcohol, coolers, pets or vending will be permitted. Picnic in the park. Buy from food trucks or nearby restaurants. Parking is available in nearby parking decks, on the street or in private lots. The big fireworks extravaganza begins at 9:30 PM. Best views are from the park. Free admission.
Tourist Baseball Game Fireworks, July 3, 2015
Watch a big fireworks show after the Asheville Tourists game with Charleston. Get tickets in advance since these games will sell-out ahead of time: theashevilletourists.com.
South Asheville Fireworks
At Lake Julian, fireworks show starts at dark on the 4th, 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
4th of July Celebrations & Fireworks near Asheville in the North Carolina Mountains
Bryson City: Freedom Fest an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration and street festival (10 AM-10 PM) in downtown Bryson City with a 5K, crafts, food, contests, live music, watermelon eating race and the best fireworks show in the Smokies. Also, go rafting or tubing nearby! Read much more on their website.
Lake Glenville: Watch fireworks from land or the lake on July 3rd, located near Cashiers.
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 $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers. To register, call 828-669-9566.
Sylva: After a seven-year hiatus, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is bringing fireworks back to downtown Sylva on July 4th. Darren Nicholson and Friends, featuring four-time Grammy award winner David Holt, will perform bluegrass music from 4 to 6 PM. Nicholson is a Jackson County native, award-winning musician and member of the nationally-known band Balsam Range. The Business, a first-class rhythm and blues band, plays 6:30-9:30 PM, followed by the fireworks.
Tryon International Equestrian Center: Watch horse jumping competitions at the Saturday Night Lights Grand Prix with the best riders in the country at this amazing new Tryon International Equestrian Center. Free Admission and parking! Read more.
Orchard at Altapass 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.
Brevard: Their 4th Celebration begins with the 5K/10K Firecracker Run at 8 AM. Downtown streets close for the Fine Arts & Craft Showcase starting at 9 AM. 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. Bicycle parade, hot dog eating contest and much more.
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.
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.
Old Fort: Small community Independence Day Parade begins at 4 PM.
Little Switzerland: Watch or participate in their July 4th Parade at 4 PM. If you'd like to participate, meet at 4 PM at Geneva Hall. This year's theme is drums, so bring one! Parade route goes from "uptown" to "downtown" to below the Switzerland Cafe and LS Books and Beans. No entry fee, just show up! Switzerland Cafe is offering Hickory Smoked Baby Back Ribs, smoked pork BBQ and all the fixin's all day.
More July 4th Weekend Events
Pow Wow at Cherokee
July 3-5, 2015: Experience authentic Indian dancing, drumming and tribal regalia. Dance competitions kick the excitement up even higher. Read more about Cherokee Pow Wow.
July 4, 2015: Celebrate Independence Day with this July 4th train excursion from the Bryson City Depot at 7:30 PM, returning to the Freedom Fest for the fireworks show. See our Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Guide.
NOC's Sizzling 4th of July
July 4-5: Cool off with in the refreshing Nantahala River! Celebrate with live music and specials. Take a raft trip down the Nantahala or a lake kayak tour on beautiful Lake Fontana. Take a kayak class and learn something new from award-winning instructors. NOC also offers bike rentals, convenient access to hiking trails, and plenty of onshore entertainment with live music at Big Wesser BBQ + Brew. Plus, thrillseekers won't want to miss NOC's Mountaintop Zip Line Tour. See our NOC Guide.
Spruce Street Market
July 4, 2015: Outdoor art fair with 50 artists, 10 AM-6 PM, in downtown Asheville near Park Square Park.Read more.
Brevard Music Center Festival Patriotic Concert
July 4, 2015: 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.
Antique Car Show in Asheville
July 3-4, 2015: Explore 18 acres of classic cars, trucks and street rods at the annual Mountaineer Antique Auto Car Show, Swap Meet & Auction (8 AM-5 PM) at the Western North Carolina Agriculture Center near the Asheville Airport. $5/person. Visit their Web site for more.
4th of July Weekend at Chimney Rock
July 3-4, 2015: Stand under Old Glory atop Chimney Rock Park for the family photo op of the year! Meet some of Grady’s live woodland friends or birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl, and learn about their natural habitats. Try to outwit gravity with a free climb per person on the climbing tower. Program at 2 PM. Included in park admission
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.