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4th of July Events 2014, Asheville & Western North Carolina

Also see: Top 50 Summer Festivals | Events | Art Tours & Festivals | Top 150 Outdoors Guides

Downtown Asheville FireworksFeatured Event: Downtown Asheville Independence Day Celebration
Join in the fun in Park Square Park with family activities and entertainment, starting at 2 PM. The Ultimate Air Dogs will jump throughout the stage at 2, 4, 6 and 7:30 PM. Music entertainment will start at the stage at 4 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 with family friendly band Lunch Money with an indie rock salute to the stuff of childhood. Next is local, country music up-and-comer, Joe Lasher Jr. Headlining is rockabilly legend, Junior Brown with something for everyone, from honky-tonk to surf rock, blues to swing.

Picnic in the park. Beer and wine will be available for purchase including local brews (with purchase of $2 wristband). Food vendors include: Avery’s Hot Dogs, D.O.G.S., Gypsy Queen Cuisine, The Hop, Kettle Corn, Lowdown Food Truck, Smash Box Mobile Kitchen, Sugar and Snow Gelato and Sunshine Sammies. No outside alcohol, coolers, pets or vending will be permitted. Parking is available in City of Asheville parking decks, on the street or in private lots.

The big fireworks extravaganza begins at 9:30 PM. Free admission.

4th of July Celebration, AshevilleTourist Baseball Game Fireworks, July 4 & 5, 2014
The ever-popular baseball and fireworks double feature begins at 7:05 PM when the Asheville Tourists host the Lexington Legends. After the game at McCormick Field, the Tourists present their spectacular fireworks show. 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, 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

Biltmore Fireworks
There will be a private fireworks show just for guests of the Inn at Biltmore on July 4th with a swanky three-night package. Click here to visit their Web site.

Grove Park Inn Fireworks
The Omni Grove Park Inn has fireworks for their hotel and dining guests on July 5.

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4th of July Celebrations & Fireworks near Asheville in the North Carolina Mountains

Montreat July 4th ParadeMontreat: Montreat will host a the all Amercian small town parade on July 4 at 10:30 AM. See photos and video. 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 info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org.

Weaverville: The Fire on the Lake Music Festival on July 4, 5:30-10 PM features food, music by David Holt and the Lightning Bolts, and a fireworks show at dusk.

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 4th of JulyBrevard: Morning 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.

Cherokee: Celebrate America's Independence with a bang at Cherokee’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks display, located at the Acquoni Expo Center. Part of the Pow Wow Weekend!

Saluda: Coon Dog Day on July 5th is a celebration of dogs and their people - with live music, parade, crafts, street dance, and more. What began as a chicken supper fundraiser for the local Coon Club has grown into an event that attracts over 10,000 people each year. Find many food and craft vendors and with live entertainment on the main stage beginning at 9 AM and continuing until the end of the street dance at 11 PM. The parade is a favorite every year and consists of mostly homemade floats, tractors, fire trucks, horses, motorcycles, dogs, and the reigning Coon Dog Royalty Court. The parade begins at 11 AM and marches down Main Street for over an hour.

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.

Asheville Bed & BreakfastsMaggie 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. Once the star-gazing event begins, all town lights near the square are turned off, while traffic is detoured to reduce headlight glare. Free.

Old Fort: Small community 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.

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.

Asheville Fireworks 4th of July
Downtown Asheville 4th of July Fireworks

More July 4th Weekend Events

Cherokee Pow wowPow Wow at Cherokee
July 4-6: Experience authentic Indian dancing, drumming and tribal regalia. Dance competitions kick the excitement up even higher. Read more about Cherokee Pow Wow.

Freedom Train
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 new Mountaintop Zip Line Tour. See our NOC Guide.

Shindig on the Green
July 5: 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! Read more about Shindig on the Green.

Spruce Street Market
July 5: Outdoor art fair with 50 artists, 10 AM-6 PM, in downtown Asheville near Park Square Park. Read more.

Craggy Mountain Line Railroad
Take a three-mile train ride on historic rail equipment, just north of Asheville (Woodfin Riverside Park), departs various times from 11 AM-4 PM. $10/person includes ride, hot dog, drink and cookie! Advance reservations recommended. Go to their Web site.

Vacation PackagesOskar Blues Burning CAN Beer Fest
July 5, 2014, is the inaugural Burning Can Brevard Festival on the brewery grounds that includes beer tastes from more than 35 local, regional and national breweries. Friday night kick-off events will feature live music. Read more.

Brevard Music Center Festival Patriotic Concert
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. On Saturday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m., Rachev leads the Brevard Music Center Orchestra in an evening of music by some of the 20th century’s greatest composers.

Antique Car Show in Asheville
Explore 18 acres of classic cars, trucks and street rods at the annual Mountaineer Antique Auto Car Show, Swap Meet & Auction on July 4-6 (8 AM-5 PM) at the Western North Carolina Agriculture Center near the Asheville Airport. $5/person. Visit their Web site for more.

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.

 

     
     

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