7 Jun 2019
Asheville and the surrounding area are perfect for your upcoming 4th of July celebration. Whether you’re looking to spend time on the lake, watch a stellar fireworks show, or enjoy the best beer and food in the southeast, Asheville has all that you’re looking for. You’ll certainly have your pick of fireworks shows, but there’s a whole day of fun to be had leading up to the grand finale. Here’s our weekend guide on how to let freedom ring in Asheville.
Pre-Independence Day Festivities
The 4th of July festivities in Asheville kick off on July 3rd with baseball at the historic McCormick Field in downtown. The Asheville Tourists, a single-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, are home Wednesday night against the Lexington Legends. Grab a beer, chow down on a stadium hot dog, and try a deep fried moon pie while you enjoy America’s favorite pastime in one of America’s best cities. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. with Independence Day fireworks directly after the game.
Lake Lure is also having their annual Fireworks Show on the eve of Independence Day. Fireworks can be seen from Morse Park or Lake Lure Beach. The show is free every year and supported by the sale of concessions like snow cones, funnel cakes and ice-cream. Prior to the show, enjoy an incredible lakefront dinner at La Strada- located across the street from the Lake Lure beach. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the show starting at 9:00 p.m.
Independence Day By Area
Asheville and South Asheville-
Get your day started off with the Asheville Independence Day 5K at the Asheville Outlet Mall. This course is a flat, family friendly course that starts and ends at the Outlet Mall. There’s a 1 mile fun run, Youth 5K, Adult 5K, and Senior 5K course. $5 of each participant’s entry fee will be donated to your choice of either the Wounded Warrior’s Project or Veterans for Peace. This event starts at 8:00 a.m. and if time permits, you can check out the incredible Independence Day sales.
The biggest celebration in town is Ingles’ Independence Day Celebration at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. This annual, family-friendly event gets started at 2 p.m. and runs all day long. Activities for the kids include Splashville and bouncy house from 2-6 p.m. Adults can enjoy local beer, wine, and cider vendors, along with over 10 food trucks showcasing Asheville’s amazing food scene. The event culminates around 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks show over downtown.
There is also a fireworks show at Lake Julian in South Asheville between 9-9:30 p.m. on July 4th. The 300-acre public lake offers water access, fishing, picnic areas, disc golf, volleyball, paddleboats, and playground. Spend the day at the lake and then kick back and enjoy the show that evening.
Wanna celebrate Independence Day in the Asheville area? Check out these Greybeard Asheville area vacation rentals:
Cottage Over Asheville - less than 1 mile to downtown
Middleton Place - South Asheville
Annie’s Cabin - Southeast Asheville
Black Mountain and Montreat-
A longstanding tradition is the Montreat 4th of July Parade, which takes place at 10:30 a.m. This parade brings visitors from all over the country, who return every year for Montreat’s 4th of July Celebration. In the afternoon, The Montreat Conference Center organizes games and activities in Montreat. The swimming pool, tennis courts, Lake Susan paddle boats and canoes will also be open to the public. From 7:00-9:00 pm, attend Montreat’s 4th of July Square Dance.
Just down the road, Black Mountain is hosting their annual July 4th Street Dance & Fireworks. Starting at 5:30 pm in downtown Black Mountain, the Ryan Perry Band will be performing on the outdoor stage. There will be activities for kids, as well as food vendors and dancing. The White Horse Black Mountain will also have Land of the Symphonic Band playing and doors open at 7:30 pm.
Fireworks begin at dark, and can be best viewed south of the railroad tracks in downtown. However, we highly recommend Swannanoa Valley
Museum’s Independence Day Sunset Fireworks Hike, a 1.5-mile, moderate hike to the peak of Sunset Mountain. You’ll be treated to an old-fashioned watermelon cutting, and then stay to watch the sunset and the fireworks explode over the town of Black Mountain.
Check out these Black Mountain and Montreat Vacation Rentals- all within walking distance to the 4th of July festivities:
King Cottage- downtown Black Mountain
Blessings Flow- Montreat
Mountain View- Montreat
Marion and Morganton-
Marion’s Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks will take place from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm in downtown Marion. Shop from local craft and food vendors, who will be setup downtown during the event. The parade will begin at 6:00, followed by a street dance with “Gotcha Groove” at 7:00, and fireworks after dark.
The Annual Red, White & Blue Festival will be held July 4-6 at Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton from 3:00-10:30 pm. This 3-day music festival has evolved into one of the premier music festivals in the southeast, featuring the Jacktown Ramblers, Malpass Brothers, Newtown Band, and more. Admission is free on July 4th with fireworks starting 9:45 pm. Admission for July 5th and 6th starts at $15/day.
Explore the charm of Marion and Morganton by staying at one of these incredible Greybeard vacation rentals:
River Run at Catawba Falls- located in Old Fort
Serenity Lake Cabin- located in Old Fort
The Rock House at Maple Hill- located in Marion
Chimney Rock and Lake Lure-
Chimney Rock State Park’s July 4th Weekend Family Fun gets started on the 4th and carries on throughout the weekend. Hike the trails to Hickory Nut Waterfall or to the top of Chimney Rock for panoramic views of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. There’s a 32-foot climbing tower available to park visitors and a kid friendly Animal Encounter starting at 2:00 p.m. Afterwards, keep the celebration going as Rumbling Bald Resort hosts their own fireworks display. While the resort’s festivities are open to members only, the fireworks can be enjoyed from the lake area. Want an unforgettable fireworks experience? Consider renting a pontoon boat to enjoy the show directly on the lake.
Vacation rentals in or around Lake Lure:
Log Cabin at Stonecrest- located in Mill Springs
Riversong Cabin- located 20 minutes to Lake Lure and Black Mountain
Hawk Haven- located 20 minutes to Lake Lure and Black Mountain
Hendersonville and Brevard-
One of WNC’s most patriotic celebrations can be found at Brevard’s 4th of July street festival, which runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in downtown Brevard. The Firecracker 5K and 10K starts at 8:00 am and ends in the heart of downtown. There will be food, games, interactive booths, and local vendors. There’s also the 47th annual Fine Arts & Crafts Showcase on West Main Street. You’ll also love the live reading of the “Declaration of Independence” performed by Brevard’s elected officials. There will also be live music all day at the Courthouse Gazebo. No 4th of July is complete without witnessing Rocky’s Grill & Soda Shops’ 9th annual Hot Dog Eating Contest. Brevard Music Center will also host the Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops, a musical extravaganza featuring patriotic favorites (and a live cannon), at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at 2:00 p.m. Transylvania Community Art Council’s Duck Race for Kreative Kids on Kings Creek at Brevard College at 6:00 p.m. End the night with the grand finale Fireworks Extravaganza.
Greybeard Rentals has rentals available for your perfect 4th of July vacation in Asheville, and our vacation planners are also eager to help. Give them a call at 855-688-9574.