Here’s a list of special events, festivals, parades and fireworks for July 4th celebrations in and near Asheville, North Carolina. For more details, go to our Asheville July 4th Guide.
Downtown Asheville: Festivities start July 4 at 4 PM in Park Square Park and close with fireworks at 9:30 PM, with live music, old-fashioned games and a variety of food from area vendors. Free
Tourist Baseball Game Fireworks: On July 2 & 3, the popular baseball and fireworks double feature begins at 7:05 PM when the Asheville Tourists host the Augusta Greenjackets. Tickets go on sale now and will sell-out ahead of time.
South Asheville Fireworks: At Lake Julian, fireworks show starts at dark, 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. Free
Downtown Brevard: After a morning 5K/10K Firecracker Run, downtown streets are closed for a big Fine Arts & Craft Showcase. The Classic Automobile Show stretches for blocks and the Courthouse Gazebo is center stage for musical entertainment. Fireworks at 9:30 PM.
Black Mountain/Montreat: Montreat will host a parade on July 4 at 10:30 AM. barbecue lunch available at noon for $10. Black Mountain will have family fun and fireworks beginning at 7 PM on July 4. You can also watch the fireworks from top Sunset Mountain with a hike led by the Swannanoa Valley Museum.
Weaverville: This small town a little north of Asheville will have fireworks at Lake Louise.
Orchard at Alta Pass on Blue Ridge Parkway: The annual covered dish picnic is open to all. Live music all day is free! Admission for the meal is a dish to share or $10 per meal. The Orchard provides fresh barbecue, water, iced tea and paper goods.
Cherokee: 4th of July Fireworks display is at the Acquoni Expo Center.
Hendersonville: July 4th Fireworks display at dark, viewable from downtown Hendersonville, with free live outdoor music 7-9 PM downtown at 201 South Main (Visitors Center).
Lake Lure: Watch color explode in the sky from the shores or take a ride on a Lake Lure Tours boat for the best seat in the house.
Waynesville: The Stars and Stripes daytime celebration runs from 11 AM to 3 PM along Main Street with music and sidewalk sales on July 4. No fireworks in downtown Waynesville, but see them nearby in Maggie Valley and Lake Junaluska.
Maggie Valley: Red White & Boom, 2-11 PM and Fireworks blast at 10 PM at Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
Cashiers: Cashiers Mountain Music Festival on June 30 & July 1. Fireworks at dark on July 1 at 9:30 PM.
Franklin: 4th of July Parade in Historic Downtown at 10 AM. Fireworks at dark at Macon County Veteran’s Memorial Rec Park. U.S. 441 South.
Dillsboro: Enjoy free play with different games on July 4th around town – checkers, horseshoes, corn hole and more. Entertainment begins at 5 PM on the main stage at the intersection of Church Street & Front Street. Fireworks will begin at dark from Harrison Quarry. There are lots of good places to watch the fireworks – just ask a local.
Old Fort: Community Picnic on the grounds of Mountain Gateway Museum between 1 and 3 PM. Bring your food, drinks, chairs, blankets. Afterwards, stroll out to Catawba Avenue and watch the Independence Day Parade that begins at 4 PM.