Every Fourth of July, the Asheville area plays host to a multitude of Independence Day celebrations, with an array of activities to delight young and old. Choose from one of these Fourth of July fetes, and you’re sure to have a blast! (Unless otherwise noted, all events occur on July 4th.)
Ingles Independence Day Celebration 2018 – Things kick off in Downtown’s Pack Square Park at 2 p.m. with kids’ activities and a bouncy house. There will be live music at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30. Food trucks, along with beer and wine for sale at the event, mean you can bring your lawn chair or blanket to the park early and plan on spending the day enjoying the festivities. https://www.ashevilledowntown.org/independenceday
Asheville Tourists Baseball – Take in a game, followed by a grand fireworks display, at the Tourist stadium in South Slope. https://www.milb.com/asheville
Lake Julian offers the perfect backdrop for a night of family fun this Fourth. Enjoy sand volleyball, horseshoe, boat rentals, and a picnic ahead of the fireworks display, which begins at sundown.
For a special celebration, head to the Biltmore’s Antler Hill Barn beginning at 6 p.m. to enjoy a dinner buffet, live music, Biltmore wines and old-fashioned fun and games for all ages. The evening culminates in a dramatic fireworks display on the estate grounds. $125/adult, $60/child. https://www.biltmore.com/events/detail/july-4th-celebration-dinner-at-antler-hill-barn
Weaverville – Lake Louisa Park will feature live music, vendors and food, followed by fireworks over the lake at 10 p.m.
Bryson City – From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., downtown Bryson City comes alive with a 5K, crafts, food, live music and fireworks.
Sylva – Take in the shops and restaurants along Sylva’s picturesque Main Street, then enjoy live music starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by fireworks.
Marion – A parade at 6 p.m. kicks off Fourth festivities. There will be live music, food vendors and fireworks.
Lake Lure – This celebration, on July 3, features fireworks over the lake that you can view from the beach, so bring a picnic and make an evening of it!
Hendersonville – Downtown will feature live outdoor music at its Visitors’ Center, followed by fireworks.
Waynesville – While there won’t be fireworks, Main Street will light up with music, sidewalk sales and children’s parade at 11 a.m.
Brevard – An 8 a.m. Firecracker Run kicks off the festivities, followed by a Fine Arts & Craft Festival. The Courthouse Gazebo will host live music all day. Fireworks will happen at Brevard College.