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There are so many ways to celebrate the 4th of July while staying in the Black Mountain, Marion, Lake Lure, Montreat, and the Asheville area!

  • Kick off the 4th of July weekend with an Asheville Tourists baseball game on Saturday, July 1 at the historic McCormick Field downtown. The first pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
  • A longstanding tradition is the Montreat Parade which takes place at 10:30 a.m. on the 4th of July weekend. In 2023, the parade and celebration are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 4. 
  • Downtown Asheville hosts its main Independence Day Celebration at Pack Square Park on Tuesday, July 4. The fun begins at 2 p.m. Children's activities include Splashville and a bouncy house from 2-6 p.m. Fireworks are set off closer to 9:30 p.m. Bring your own chair or picnic blanket. 
  • South Asheville hosts its own fireworks display at Lake Julian between 9-9:30 on Tuesday, July 4, but the fun will be happening all day long. Bring a lawn chair and blanket and sit along the lake. Visitors can park across the street at Estes Elementary School on Long Shoals Road and take the free shuttle from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Black Mountain fireworks can be viewed in various locations around town. The Swannanoa Valley Museum also hosts a Fireworks Hike to view the display from the mountaintop. Festivities in town begin around 7 p.m. on Monday, July 4.
  • The town of Marion will have a 4th of July parade at 6 p.m. which will be followed by a street dance, live music at 7 p.m., and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Food vendors are available as well. In 2023, the celebration is set to take place on Tuesday, July 4. 
  • At Lake Lure, the Community Independence Celebration will take place on Saturday, July 1 from 6:30-9:30 at Lake Lure Beach and will include an all-you-can-eat southern cook-out and joyous fireworks. Rumbling Bald Resort's annual 4th of July Weekend Celebration kicks off Saturday with a Beach Cookout and Marshmallow Roast and ends on Monday, July 3 with their spectacular fireworks show for their private guests. Luckily, the fireworks display can be enjoyed from the lake area.
  • At Lake James, there will be fireworks on Saturday, July 1 in the 1780 neighborhood at Camp Lake James, Monday, July 3 at Marion Lake Club, and Tuesday, July 4 at Moose Lodge. In nearby Morganton, you can catch fireworks at Freedom Park starting at 9:45 PM from Freedom High School, the Soccer Complex at Catawba Meadows, Ingles parking lot, and other locations around the West side of Morganton.  
  • The Old Fort 4th of July Rodeo tradition continues, Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4. There will be professional Bull Riding, Barrel Racing, Cowboy Action, and Wild West entertainment for the whole family. Food trucks will also be on hand to satisfy everyone's taste. Enjoy fireworks after the Rodeo on Monday, July 3rd! Downtown Old Fort will have its annual fireworks show on Tuesday. July 4 on Catawba River Rd dusk. 
  • In Burnsville, check out the Music & Fireworks event in the Town Square starting at 6 PM on Tuesday, July 4. The live performers are Debbie Phillips and Brian Turner & Friends. 

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