While she may not look a day over 240, America will celebrate her 244th birthday on July 4 and Asheville and surrounding areas are set to throw Lady Liberty a birthday she won’t soon forget.
As Western North Carolina counties emerge past COVID-19 restrictions of 2020-21, organizers of local events are committed to the safety of those prepared to participate in the festivities. Social distancing will be in effect and some events will require guests who are not fully vaccinated to wear a face mask. Signs will be posted at event entrances outlining safety requests and requirements.
Admission is free to all Independence Day events and fireworks.
In Asheville, the Fourth of July energy explodes early on Sunday morning as the Indepedence Day 5K gets underway at 8 a.m. at Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Road in Asheville. The event runs from 8-10 a.m. Early registration packets may be picked up on Saturday from 5-6 p.m. at Jus Running, 523 Merrimon Ave.
This family favorite event features a flat course on the greenway.
Whether or not you revved up your adrenalin at the morning run, you can pump up the party vibe at Pack Square Park as DJ Nex Millen gets things started at 6:30 p.m.
This year’s Fourth of July party will be scaled down a bit with only the music and fireworks show scheduled. There will not be any food or drink vendors, however, visitors are welcome to pack a picnic or pick up food from many of the Asheville-area restaurants that will be open. The Splasheville Fountain will be open, and there will be portable bathrooms, water bottle filling stations and first aid stations available in the park.
“The City of Asheville is excited to offer a safe environment for people to come together downtown to view the Fourth of July fireworks display this year," said Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell.
"We urge people to come enjoy this free, safe fireworks display rather than risk shooting off fireworks in neighborhoods, which can pose fire and safety risks.”
Be sure to bring plenty of chairs or a picnic blanket to enjoy the fireworks display as it colors the sky above downtown Asheville. Fireworks are expected to go off around 9:30 p.m.
For the safety of pets, organizers strongly suggest leaving dogs at home.
There will be a fireworks show in downtown Black Mountain. The program is expected to start at 9:30 p.m. and last until 10 p.m. No other events are planned.
The town will start off the Fourth with a bang — on Saturday, July 3, at 8 a.m., in the form of a 5K challenge. Find the starting line at Railroad Depot Park, 390 Railroad Road, in downtown. The course will treat runners to a mix of historic homes, the railroad arts district, farm land and the scenic beauty of the Sylvan Valley.
The next day, on Sunday, July 4, note that the Brevard College Campus, which has been a great spot to see the evening fireworks, will be closed. Event-goers should make alternate plans. Fireworks are scheduled to go off at 9:20 p.m.
Two civic entities have paired up to present an unforgettable Fourth of July event, including bounce houses, kids games and other activities, food trucks, and two stages of live music.
Enjoy the sounds of Dashboard Blue, an Asheville-based band that plays rock, R&B, 50s, disco, funk, beach Motown, swing and country.
The show is set to start at 7 p.m. at the Visitor Center stage, 201 S Main St.
At the Historic Courthouse stage, 1 Historic Courthouse Square, Lynn Goldsmith & The Jeter Mountain Band will entertain audiences with the sounds of bluegrass and traditional mountain music.
Main Street will be closed to automobile traffic from 2nd Avenue south to Caswell Street. There will be food trucks, games, face painting, kids crafts, giveaways and more.
Festival-goers are advised to find a spot to view the fireworks by 9 p.m. The fireworks show is expected to start between 9:15 to 9:30 p.m. The launch site is off South Grove Street
To enjoy the concerts, visitors are advised to bring their own chairs. Alcoholic beverages, backpacks and coolers are prohibited.
Located approximately 30 minutes south of Asheville, Lake Julian in Arden is planning a Fourth of July extravaganza for those looking to get out of the urban atmosphere.
Lake Julian events will take place on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and include free fishing (no license required on July 4, plus the normal fishing fee will be waived); disc golf, corn hole, sand volleyball and horseshoes. A boat launch is available, as are watercraft rentals. All boats must be off the water by 8 p.m.
Uncovered picnic tables and grills are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pop-up canopies are allowed, but must be secured. Food trucks will be available throughout the day. Alcohol, tobacco products and personal fireworks are prohibited.
Local bluegrass band Supper Break will entertain visitors throughout the day.
Park at William W. Estes Elementary, 275 Overlook Road in Asheville, across Long Shoals Road from the main entrance to Lake Julian Park. Shuttles will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the Estes parking lot. The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office will help with road crossings after 6 p.m. Handicap access parking in the park will be allowed with a valid handicap placard. Limited parking is available at the Lake Julian Trails Greenway in the gravel lot adjacent to Wild Wing Café, 65 Long Shoals Road in Arden.
Fireworks are expected to start at 9:15 p.m.; visitors should arrive by 7:45 p.m.
Residents can enjoy a concert by LYRIC, starting at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m. The parking lot at the town clock tower will be reserved for the Weaverville fire and police departments that will present a safety event, as well as space for seating where families can enjoy the show. Takeout from local restaurants will be available.