Fourth of July events — Buncombe and Beyond
Downtown Asheville Independence Day Celebration — Family activities and entertainment will start at 2 p.m. at Pack Square. The Ultimate Air Dogs will jump throughout the stage at 2, 4, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Music entertainment will start at the stage at 4 p.m. family friendly band Lunch Money followed by country artist Joe Lasher Jr. Headlining will be rockabilly legend Junior Brown. Children can enjoy the bouncy houses, Splasheville Fountain and activities provided from 2 to 6 p.m. A $2 wristband allows kids to jump, bounce and race as many times as they’d like.
Picnic in the park — Beer and wine will be available for purchase including local brews. Food vendors include Avery’s Hot Dogs, D.O.G.S., Gypsy Queen Cuisine, The Hop, Kettle Corn, Lowdown Food Truck, Smash Box Mobile Kitchen, Sugar and Snow Gelato and Sunshine Sammies. No outside alcohol, pets or vending will be permitted. Parking is available in City of Asheville parking decks, on the street or in private lots.
The big fireworks extravaganza begins at 9:30 p.m. Free admission.
Tourist Baseball Game Fireworks — July 4 and 5
The baseball and fireworks double feature begins at 7:05 p.m. when the Asheville Tourists host the Lexington Legends. After the game at McCormick Field, the Tourists present fireworks show. Get tickets in advance at theashevilletourists.com.
South Asheville Fireworks — At Lake Julian, fireworks show starts at dark. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and find a spot along the lake. The park has picnic tables, grills, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, boat rentals and a playground. Park at Estes Elementary School on Long Shoals Road across from the lake. Free.
Biltmore Fireworks — There will be a private fireworks show just for guests of the Inn at Biltmore on July 4.
Grove Park Inn Fireworks — The Omni Grove Park Inn has fireworks for their hotel and dining guests on July 5.
Brevard — Morning 5K/10K Firecracker Run on July 4. During the day, downtown streets are closed to an overflowing crowd. Transylvania Community Arts Council hosts its Annual Fine Arts & Craft Showcase. The Classic Automobile Show stretches for blocks and delights even the casual aficionado of 1920s to 1970s vintage vehicles. The Courthouse Gazebo is center stage for musical entertainment. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
Fireworks Hike — Old-fashioned watermelon cutting and fireworks in Black Mountain from the peak of Sunset Mountain. Meet in parking lot of Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E. State St. at 6 p.m. Bring dinner, water, a folding chair, a flashlight, poncho and warm clothes. The Museum’s team will transport chairs up the mountain for hikers and provide watermelon and soft drinks. Cost is $20 for members and $35 for nonmembers. To register, call 828-669-9566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weaverville — The Fire on the Lake Music Festival from 5:30 to 10 p.m. July 4 will feature food, music by David Holt and the Lightning Bolts, and a fireworks show at dusk.
Cherokee — Celebrate America's Independence with a bang at Cherokee’s Annual 4th of July Fireworks display, located at the Acquoni Expo Center.
Hendersonville — July 4 Fireworks display at dark, viewable from downtown Hendersonville, with free live outdoor music 7 to 9 p.m. downtown at 201 South Main (Visitors Center).
Franklin — Fourth of July Parade in Historic Downtown Franklin at 10 a.m. Fireworks at dark at Macon County Veteran’s Memorial Rec Park. U.S. 441 South.
Dillsboro — Enjoy free play with different games on July 4 around town. Entertainment begins at 5 p.m. on the main stage at the intersection of Church Street amd Front Street. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the show. Fireworks will begin at dark from Harrison Quarry.