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 of events and festivals - more than 30!

Downtown Asheville Independence Day Celebration 2023: Join in the fun in Pack Square Park on Tuesday, July 4th! Watch as dogs compete for the longest jump at the Ultimate Air Dogs event happening at 1 PM, 3 PM, and 5 PM. Food and beverage vendors open at 5 PM and include local breweries and cideries, as well as a variety of food trucks. Enjoy live music on the Pack Square stage from 5-9 PM. 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. Dogs must be leashed, but please consider leaving your pet at home since fireworks frighten pets. Address: 121 College St.

South Asheville Fireworks: At Lake Julian, the fireworks show starts at dark (9-9:30 PM) on the 4th, but come early. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and find a spot along the lake. Enjoy food trucks and live music throughout the afternoon and into the evening. The park offers picnic tables, grills, a sand volleyball court, two horseshoe pits, boat rental, and a playground. Bring a picnic! Park at William W. Estes Elementary School (275 Overlook 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.

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4th of July Celebrations & Fireworks Near Asheville in Western North Carolina Towns

Bryson City Freedom Fest: On Tuesday, July 4, the fun begins at 10 AM with all-day events featuring arts, crafts, food, and live music starting at 6 PM. Enjoy Fourth of July food favorites – funnel cakes, shaved ice, Philly cheese-steak sandwiches, BBQ, kettle corn, and more. Also, explore Bryson City shops, galleries, and museums. Dine in or outdoors at restaurants or take food truck treats to one of many picnic tables or the pavilion nearby. The fireworks show starts at 10 PM. Go rafting or tubing nearby! (See our Bryson City guide)

Lake Junaluska July 4th Fireworks
Photo: Lake Junaluska

Lake Junaluska: Visit just for the day or stay with an overnight package! On Monday, July 3, enjoy music, barbecue, and fun. Live music starts at 7 PM and fireworks at 9:30 PM. Or stay with one of their overnight packages that include lodging, a lake cruise on the Cherokee IV, and a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard rental. Go to their website for more details.

Sylva: On the 4th, enjoy live music starting at 6:30 PM, followed by fireworks at dark (generally around 9:45 PM) in the picturesque "all-American" small town nestled in the mountains. Stroll Main Street is filled with shops, restaurants, and breweries. Go to their website for more details.

Lake Glenville: Watch fireworks from land or the lake on Sunday, July 2, around 9:30 PM. Rent a pontoon boat at Signal Ridge Marina! Located near Cashiers.

Cashiers: July 4th fireworks on the Village Green with festival, food, music, and dancing. 6:30-10 PM. 

Marion: On July 4, enjoy a downtown parade at 6 PM and fireworks at 9:45 PM. Go to their website.

Fireworks Sylva Asheville
Photo: Sylva Fireworks by Nice Breedlove

Lake Lure: On Saturday, July 1, watch fireworks at dusk over the lake from Lake Lure Beach (2724 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure). Bring your picnic and chairs. No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Tickets can be purchased in advance or as walk-on tickets when you arrive. On the 3rd, fireworks will be at Rumbling Bald Resort for their guests, but others enjoy from boats on the lake. Expect traffic bottlenecks after the fireworks since there's just one road out!

Banner Elk: Iconic small-town parade begins at 11 AM on Tuesday, July 4, and celebrates with star-spangled vehicles, people, and animals parading down Main Street and ending in Tate-Evans Town Park. At 12 PM following the parade is the annual Duck Race & Party in the Park. Enjoy old-fashioned games, food vendors, and inflatables. Try your luck in the famed duck race, with hundreds of rubber ducks floating toward the finish line! Catch fireworks at the Sugar Mountain Resort around 9:15 PM on July 4.

Bannerk Elk 4th of July

Beech Mountain: On Saturday, July 1 at 5 PM, celebrate with an American-style cookout, inflatable-style games for all ages, and live music. Fireworks at dark. Bring your own camp chairs and/or blankets. Free Admission. The Beech Mountain Resort will be open 10 AM-6 PM for downhill mountain biking, scenic lift rides, Mile High Yoga, and more.

Boone & Blowing Rock: Enjoy the Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie Railroad—a top fireworks show in the High Country! The Wild West theme park will be open for extended hours on July 4 from 10 AM to 9 PM. Fireworks are at 9:30 PM.

Brevard: On Tuesday, July 4, the fun kicks off at 2 PM and continues throughout the day. Enjoy live music at Brevard Music Center’s Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, the Transylvania Community Arts Council Duck Race at 4 PM, the reading of the Declaration on WSQL at 6:30 PM, and a fireworks extravaganza between 9:20-9:40 PM from Brevard College’s campus.

July 4th Fireworks Boone
Photo Credit: Tweetsie Railroad

Hendersonville: July 4th festivities start at 10:30 AM with a parade, inflatables, kid’s games, and activities, and food trucks. At 5 PM, live music will kick off at two stages: Hendersonville Welcome Center stage and the Historic Courthouse Square. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 PM and launch from South Grove Street. Bring chairs and blankets.

Waynesville: The Stars and Stripes daytime celebration happens Tuesday, July 4, starting with a children's parade on Mainstreet at 11 AM and concluding with a concert at 2 PM. No fireworks in downtown Waynesville, but see them nearby in Maggie Valley and Lake Junaluska. 

Maggie Valley: Backyard Fourth, gates open on July 4 at 6 PM, and fireworks at dark. Free admission. Alcohol-free. Festival Grounds, 3374 Soco Road Maggie Valley. 

Robbinsville: Graham County Heritage Festival happens on July 3 and 4. The 2-day festival will have crafters, food, games, music, and fireworks Tuesday, July 4th at 10 PM. Go to their website.

Columbus: Their Fabulous 4th Festival is happening on Tuesday, July 4, featuring food, music, entertainment, family games, and a variety of vendors 10 AM-10 PM, with fireworks concluding the day.

Lake Junaluska Fireworks

Valdese: On June 30, 2023, see fireworks in conjunction with the Valdese Summer Concert Series, with live band starting at 7 PM and fireworks after dark. See details.

Cherokee: Pow Wow on June 30-July 2 with authentic Indian dancing, drumming, and tribal regalia. Fireworks Saturday, July 1, 2023, at 10 PM. Read more about Cherokee Pow Wow.

Reminder: Fireworks are 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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