Haywood County will hold Fourth of July festivities

By Megan Northcote, Lifestyles Editor | Jun 28, 2013
Photo by: Vicki Hyatt Sea Notes entertains with music at Maggie Valley's 'Red, White and Boom!' celebration last year.

From fireworks to dancing and singing on the streets, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day in Haywood County this Thursday, July 4.

The Downtown Waynesville Association will host the 22nd annual 'Stars & Stripes Celebration,' featuring a new Main Street Cookout. For the first time, Canton has received permission to hold a fireworks display for their second annual Independence day celebration. Lake Junaluska will put a unique spin on their patriotic activities this year as they also celebrate their centennial anniversary. And Maggie Valley's 'Red, White and Boom!' celebration with fireworks will delight as always. Here are the details of these celebrations as well as other July Fourth community festivities around Haywood County.

Waynesville 22nd annual ‘Stars & Stripes Celebration’

Time: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Downtown Waynesville on Main Street.

What: The annual “Kids on Main” patriotic parade will begin at 11 a.m. led by Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown. Participants are invited to showcase their bicycles, tricycles, scooters, strollers and wagons bedazzled in red, white and blue decorations. Sign up for the parade is at 10 a.m. in front of the Court House.

First Baptist Church of Waynesville will host a traditional mountain music concert from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. in their parking lot at 100 S. Main St.

The first Main Street Cook-Out will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the United Community Bank parking lot. Hot dogs, burgers and craft beer from local breweries will be served. The Cook-Out is sponsored by the American Legion, Knights of Columbus and the Main Team from Main Street Realty. All proceeds will benefit local charities.

The Haywood Community Band patriotic concert will perform a free patriotic concert at 2 p.m. on the steps of the Court House. The music will be dedicated to the armed forces.

Musical performances will include The Ross Brothers, Fiddling Dill Sisters, Michael Pilgrim, Ginny McAfee and Steve Whiddon.

All shops, galleries and restaurants will be open. No animals are allowed at the celebration.

How: Call the Downtown Waynesville Association at 456-3517.

Lake Junaluska festivities

Time: 11 a.m. to late evening

Where: Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, 91 N. Lakeshore Dr.

What: A Lake Junaluska Centennial July Fourth parade, “Lake Junaluska Through the Decades” will take place at 11 a.m. The parade will feature floats representing each decade of the Lake’s 100 years. To enter a float in the parade, contact BuddyYoung at byoung@lakejunaluska.com.

A barbecue picnic from noon to 2 p.m. will be held at the Nanci Weldon Outdoor Gym. The picnic will feature bluegrass music by Eddie Rose and the Highway 40 Band, face painters, inflatable houses and balloon artists. Tickets may be purchased at the Lake Junaluska Bethea Welcome Center.

The Lake Junaluska Singers perform patriotic music at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Stuart Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at www.lakejunaluska.com/singers.

A grand finale fireworks display over the lake will shoot off beginning at 8:45 p.m.

How: Call 1-800-222-4930.

Maggie Valley’s ‘Red, White and Boom!’ celebration

Time: 2 to 11 p.m.

Where: Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, 3374 Soco Road

What: The day will be filled with live entertainment by the Michelle Leigh Band and the Sharkadelics, pony rides, face painting, a petting zoo, bungee jumping and inflatable playground equipment for children. Festivalgoers can also chow down on barbecue and pizza and relax with beer and wine. Everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket to enjoy the fireworks starting at 10 p.m. No pets are allowed.

How: Call 926-0866.

Canton celebration

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Sorrells Street Park on Park Street in Canton

What: A street dance along the river will kick-off the event. Grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy, sweet treats and fresh lemonade will be sold. A watermelon roll and seed-spitting contest will add to the fun. Several free prize giveaways will be held throughout the evening.

The "Little Creek" bluegrass band and square dance teams will perform at the celebration.

A fireworks show, sponsored by the Champion Credit Union, will begin at dusk in the field near Riverview Farm & Garden.

How: Call 648-3535.


Dutch Cove Baptist Church Independence Day celebration

Time: 4 to 9 p.m.

Where: Dutch Cove Baptist Church, 4161 Dutch Cove Road in Canton.

What: A free hot dog supper will begin at 5 p.m.  Music, snow cones, popcorn, inflatables for the children and other recreational games will entertain.

How: Call 648-0406.

Freedom Fest 2013

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Woodland Baptist Church, 545 Crabtree Road in Waynesville

What: A hotdog supper followed by an inspirational speech delivered by Pastor Alan Davis.  Participants should bring lawn chairs to watch Lake Junaluska fireworks.

How: Call 454-5550.


Long’s Chapel July Fourth celebration

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 133 Old Clyde Road in Waynesville

What: The event will feature a live bluegrass band as well as funnel cakes, hotdogs, hamburgers and sides. Children can enjoy old-fashioned games like seed spittin’, cornhole toss, hog hollerin’, an egg toss, a hula hoop contest, sack races and volleyball.  A fireworks show will follow. Bring a lawn chair.

How: Call 456-3993.