Fourth of July is practically here! Have you made plans yet? Whether you want to stay in Asheville or head somewhere nearby, Here’s a list of 2018 events and festivals to choose from.
Downtown Asheville Independence Day Celebration 2018: Join in the fun in Pack Square Park starting at 2 p.m. on July 4 at the Ingles Independence Day Celebration. Children’s activities, Splashville and bouncy house 2-6 p.m. Live music after 6 p.m. Ultimate Air Dogs at 2, 4, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. and can be best seen from the park. Bring your chair or blanket to picnic. Buy from food trucks or nearby restaurants. Parking is available in nearby parking decks, on the street or in private lots. No outside alcohol, coolers or pets in the park.
Tourist Baseball Game July 4: Watch a big fireworks show after the Asheville Tourists game. For the July 4 game, the Tourists will be playing the Rome Braves. Get tickets in advance since this game will sell-out ahead of time.
South Asheville Fireworks: At Lake Julian, fireworks show starts at dark on the July 4 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. The evening is free. Daytime shuttle runs from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. No pets please due to crowds.
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 the best fireworks show in the Smokies (10 PM). Also, go rafting or tubing nearby! Ride the Freedom Train on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad that begins at 7:30 p.m.
Lake Junaluska: Visit just for the day with the parade at 11 a.m., BBQ picnic from noon to 2 p.m., Lake Junaluska Singers concert at 7:30 p.m., and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Or book a 3-night package with lakefront lodging, buffet breakfasts, dinners, cookouts, three concerts, parade and fireworks VIP seating.
Sylva: Enjoy live music and and dancing starting at 6:30 p.m., 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.
Lake Glenville: Watch fireworks from land or the lake on Sunday, July 1, located near Cashiers.
Lake Lure: On July 3, 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 p.m. On July 4, fireworks will be at Rumbling Bald Resort for their guests, but others enjoy from boats on the lake.
Hendersonville: July 4th Fireworks display at dark, viewed from downtown Hendersonville, with free live outdoor music 7-9 p.m. downtown at 201 South Main (Visitors Center).
Waynesville: The Stars and Stripes parade starts at 11 a.m. 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.
Maggie Valley: Backyard Fourth, gates open at 6 p.m. and fireworks at dark. Free admission. Alcohol free. Festival Grounds, 3374 Soco Road Maggie Valley.
Cashiers: Fireworks On the Green with festival, food, music and dancing 6:30-10 p.m. Ends with big fireworks show.
Black Mountain will have family fun and fireworks beginning at 7 p.m. 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 at 6 p.m. 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.
Brevard: There will be a July 4 celebration beginning with the 5K/10K Firecracker Run at 8 a.m. Downtown streets close for the Fine Arts & Craft Festival 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 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 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30 PM. Bicycle parade, hot dog eating contest and much more.
Brevard Music Center Festival: Patriotic Pops Concert on July 4 at 2 p.m. 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.
Weaverville: “Fire on the Lake” at Lake Louise Park with food, vendors and live music 7-10 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.
Cherokee: Pow Wow on June 30-July 1 with authentic Indian dancing, drumming and tribal regalia. Fireworks are held June 30 at 10 p.m.