Celebrate America’s Independence in Western North Carolina

As the 4th of July approaches, Western North Carolina gears up for a series of festive events to celebrate America’s Independence. There’s something for everyone, from parades and live music to fireworks and family-friendly activities. Here’s your ultimate guide to the best Independence Day celebrations across the region, organized alphabetically by town. Photo


Downtown Asheville Independence Day Celebration

Location: Pack Square Park
Activities: Live music, Ultimate Air Dogs jumping event, kids’ activities, food trucks, beer, and wine.
Fireworks: July 4, 9:30 PM

South Asheville Fireworks

Location: Lake Julian
Activities: Day-long festivities.
Fireworks: July 4, dusk

Banner Elk

4th of July Parade

Location: Main Street
Time: July 4, 11:00 AM
Activities: Duck Race and Party in the Park.

Beech Mountain

Fireworks in the Village

Location: Beech Mountain Resort
Activities: Family activities, live music, and games.
Fireworks: July 6, dusk

Blue Ridge Parkway Photo

Blowing Rock

4th of July Parade

Location: Downtown Blowing Rock
Time: July 6, 10:00 AM
Activities: Games and music in Memorial Park.


4th of July Parade
Location: King Street, Downtown Boone
Time: July 4, 11:00 AM
Activities: Parade with floats, marchers, and performers. Free watermelon, cake, and lemonade on the Jones House lawn.
Fireworks Display
Location: Clawson-Burnley Park at the Boone Greenway
Time: July 4, dusk

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Bryson City

Freedom Fest

Location: Downtown Bryson City
Activities: All-day event with arts, crafts, food, live music starting at 6 PM.
Fireworks: July 4, 10:00 PM


Village Green Celebration

Location: Village Green
Activities: Festival, food, music, and dancing.
Time: July 4, 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Fireworks: July 4, after dark


Cherokee 4th of July Fireworks
Location: Downtown Cherokee
Activities: Cultural events, live music, and food vendors.
Fireworks: July 4, dusk

Chimney Rock/Lake Lure

Chimney Rock 4th of July Celebration

Location: Chimney Rock State Park
Activities: Scenic views, hiking, and family-friendly activities.
Fireworks: July 4, dusk

Lake Lure Fireworks

Location: Lake Lure Beach
Activities: Beach activities, food, and entertainment.
Fireworks: July 4, dusk

Town of Franklin Photo


4th of July Parade & Celebration

Location: Downtown Franklin
Time: July 4, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Activities: Parade, Little Mr. & Miss Firecracker contest, Patriotic Pet contest, food trucks, free watermelon.

Fireworks Over Franklin

Location: East Franklin/Highlands Road
Date: July 5
Time: 9:45 PM


4th of July Parade and Freedom Festival

Location: Festivities at downtown square
Activities: Parades and family activities.
Time: July 4  from 9 am to 1 pm


Highlands Independence Day Celebration

Location: Downtown Highlands
Activities: Parades, live music, and family activities.
Fireworks: July 4, dusk

Rotary Club of Highlands Fourth of July Event

Location: Highlands Ball Field by the community building
Activities: Hot dogs, Games, Fire Trucks, Water Fun
Fundraising event benefits Together We Can


Lake Junaluska

4th of July Celebration

Location: Lake Junaluska
Activities: Music, barbecue, and live entertainment.
Fireworks: July 3, 9:30 PM


Independence Day Celebration

Location: Downtown Marion
Activities: Parade at 6 PM.
Fireworks: July 4, 9:45 PM


4th of July Parade

Location: Starts at L&N Depot, ends at Konehete Park
Time: July 4, 5:00 PM
Activities: Family-friendly activities, live music.

Murphy Fireworks Display

Location: Konehete Park
Time: July 4, 9:30 PM


4th of July Celebration

Location: Downtown Sylva
Activities: Live music starting at 6:30 PM.
Fireworks: July 4, 9:45 PM

Western North Carolina is bursting with Independence Day celebrations that offer a perfect blend of tradition, fun, and community spirit. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, these festivities provide a fantastic opportunity to create lasting memories with friends and family. So, pack your picnic blankets, gather your loved ones, and set out to explore the various towns and their unique 4th of July events. Adventure to new locations and discover each town’s charm and excitement during this patriotic holiday. Celebrate America’s Independence in the heart of the beautiful Western North Carolina mountains!


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