The entire Week of July 4th features many Independence Day celebrations and firework shows in Asheville and many small towns in the western North Carolina mountains! Below is a big list events and festivals - more than 30!
Update: Our 2020 list will be up in the Spring. Meanwhile, check out the below 2019 events that usually repeat every year.
Downtown Asheville Independence Day Celebration 2019: Join in the fun in Pack Square Park starting at 2 PM on July 4th at the Ingles Independence Day Celebration. Children's activities, Splashville and bouncy house 2-6 PM. Live music after 5 PM. Ultimate Air Dogs at 2, 4, 6 and 7:30 PM. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Fireworks at 9:30 PM can be best seen from the park (buildings will block the view in other parts of downtown). Bring your chair or blanket to picnic. Buy from 10+ food trucks or nearby restaurants. Beer, wine & cider for sale. No outside alcohol, coolers or pets in the park.
South Asheville Fireworks 2019: At Lake Julian, fireworks show starts at dark (9-9:30PM) 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. Free. Daytime shuttle 8 AM-6 PM. No pets please due to crowds. No alcohol or tobacco products. From Asheville take I-26 East to Exit #37. Turn left at the light onto Long Shoals Road. Address: 406 Overlook Extension Arden.
4th of July Celebrations & Fireworks near Asheville in Western North Carolina Towns
Bryson City: Freedom Fest is 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 live music featuring Mountain Faith to precede best fireworks show in the Smokies (10 PM). Go rafting or tubing nearby! Ride the Freedom Train on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad that begins at 7:30 PM. Read more.
Lake Junaluska: Visit just for the day on July 4th with the parade at 11 AM, BBQ picnic at 12-2 PM, concert at 7:30 PM, and fireworks at 9:30 PM. Or book a 4-night package with lakefront lodging, buffet breakfasts, dinners, cookouts, three concerts, parade and fireworks VIP seating. Go to their website.
Sylva: On the 4th, enjoy live music and and dancing starting at 6:30 PM, followed by fireworks at dark in the picturesque "all-American" small town nestled in the mountains. Stroll Main Street filled with shops, restaurants and breweries. Go to their website.
Montreat: Montreat will host a the all American small town parade on July 4 at 10:30 AM (pic above). It's a longtime local favorite. Get there early to see the short-but-fun parade. See photos and video.
Lake Lure: On July 3rd, watch fireworks at dusk over the lake from Morse Park (2948 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure). Bring your picnic and chairs. No alcoholic beverages allowed. Also watch from the beach, opening at 8 PM. On the 4th, fireworks will be at Rumbling Bald Resort for their guests, but others enjoy from boats on the lake. Expect traffic bottlenecks after fireworks since there's just one road out!
Banner Elk: Iconic small-town parade begins at 11 AM on the 4th, starting at Lees-McRae College at ending at the town park with lunch vendors, rubber duck race and lawn games at 1 PM. Other events include Art on the Greene, live music and theatre. Go to their website.
Beech Mountain: Fireworks on Saturday, July 6, following their annual roasting of the hog that starts at 6 PM. Events all day including scenic chairlift rides, wine tasting, Blues on the Beech, biking, blues and jazz.
Waynesville: The Stars and Stripes daytime celebration runs 11 AM to 3 PM along Main Street with music and sidewalk sales. Children's parade at 11. No fireworks in downtown Waynesville, but see them nearby in Maggie Valley and Lake Junaluska. Go to website.
Robbinsville: Graham County Heritage Festival begins July 5th at 5PM. Enjoy crafters, food, moonshiners, country and bluegrass music, exhibits, contests from 5-11 PM and Saturday 9AM-11 PM. Saturday fireworks 10 PM. Go to their website.
Columbus: Their Fabulous 4th features food, music, entertainment, family games and a variety of vendors 10 AM-10 PM, with fireworks concluding the day.
Cashiers: Fireworks On the Green with festival, food, music and dancing on July 5, 2019, 6:30-10 PM.
Brevard: Their 4th Celebration begins with the 5K/10K Firecracker Run at 8 AM. Downtown streets close for the Fine Arts & Craft Festival 9 AM-5 PM. The Classic Auto Show stretches for blocks. The Courthouse Gazebo is center stage for day-long musical entertainment. Evening fun moves a few blocks to Brevard College starting at 6 PM, with fireworks at 9:30 PM. Bicycle parade, hot dog eating contest and much more.
Brevard Music Center Festival: Patriotic Pops Concert on July 4th at 2 PM with favorite marches and patriotic tunes, color guard, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with live cannons. Arrive early and enjoy a picnic on the lawn prior to the concert. More on the Festival.
Little Switzerland: Watch or participate in their July 4th Parade beginning at Geneva Hall at 4 PM.
Black Mountain : Festivities begin at 7PM with activities for kids, food vendors, and dancing before fireworks begin at dark.
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 at 6 PM. Museum transports chairs up the mountain. Moderate 45-minute hike to the mountaintop. Cost is $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers. To register, call 828-669-9566.
Orchard at Altapass on Blue Ridge Parkway: July 4th, 10:30 AM-5:30 PM, Covered dish picnic open to all. Live music all day is free! Admission for the meal is a dish to share OR $15 per meal. The Orchard provides fresh barbecue, coleslaw, beans, beverages and paper goods.
Marshall: Fun begins at 5 PM on July 4th with live music, food and beer. Be sure to bring cash, as this is a cash only event. Fireworks start at 9:30 PM.
Spruce Pine: Parade at 5 PM, festival afterwards at Central Park, fireworks at dark.
Morganton: Free celebration featuring music, food, activities for kids, and a fireworks show at Catawba Meadows Park.
Tryon International Equestrian Center: Saturday Night Lights on June 29 and July 6. Watch international level riders compete in horse jumping at this world-class campus with multiple arenas, stadium, restaurants, shops and entertainment. Free admission. Read more about Saturday Night Lights.
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.
For events throughout the year, see our list of seasonal calendars.