Fourth of July 2015: Celebrating in Asheville, NC
What to do for the 4th of July in Asheville, NC
Ashevilleans love to celebrate so the Fourth of July is naturally one of our favorite holidays! The hot sun, the cool evenings, the fireworks exploding against the night sky - these are the things that get us excited about summer! For those of you looking to celebrate with a bang, we've showcased a few local events to get you ready for the upcoming fun!
Asheville, NC Events
Downtown Asheville Independence Day Celebration
Beginning at 2 PM at Pack Square Park, the Downtown Asheville Independence Day Celebration will be a non-stop day and evening of family friendly fun. Splashville Fountain will be entertaining the kiddos, music will fill the air beginning at 4 PM, local beer and wine will be available for purchase for the adults (oh yes, plenty of local brews!), and the local restaurants and food trucks will surely fill the belly. The fireworks display will begin at 9:30 PM and the best views are from the park, so true fireworks fans will want to get there early and enjoy the pre-show activities. Admission is free and a good time is guaranteed.
South Asheville Fireworks
The South Asheville Fireworks take place at Lake Julian and begin at dark, but be sure to come early to secure your seat! The park at Lake Julian has picnic tables, grills, horseshoe pits, boat rentals, a sand volleyball court, and more so bring some blankets, some chairs, some burgers and beverages and get set up for a classic picnic! Admission is free and the show will be quite a sight!
Spruce Street Market
Ok, so the Spruce Street Market isn't exactly a fireworks show - but is does take place near Pack Square on the Fourth of July and it will be a fantastic event! Historic Spruce Street will be lined with 50 local and regional artists selling handcrafted wares. Co-produced by the Appalachian Craft Center and Andrew Montrie, the Spruce Street Market is an excellent way to get a taste of the local art that our amazing and talented craftsmen are producing!
Surrounding Asheville Events
Fireworks Hike in Black Mountain
The Fireworks Hike in Black Mountain is a local event like no other. Participants meet in the parking lot of Black Mountain Savings Bank at 6 PM with dinner, folding chairs, a flash light, perhaps a poncho, and definitely some warm clothes for layering (the mountains are chilly at night). The event hosts, Swannanoa Valley Museum, will transport chairs up the mountain and hikers will carpool to the trailhead before beginning a moderate 45 minute hike up to the mountaintop. There, you’ll enjoy the dinner you packed, watermelon and beverages provided by the Museum, and a truly excellent fireworks display exploding over the town of Black Mountain.
Montreat Fourth Of July Celebration
A small but delightful event, the Montreat Fourth of July Celebration is a local favorite. Advertised by locals as an "All American Parade”, the fun begins on July 4th at 10:30 AM. Afterwards, brunch at one of the fantastic restaurants in Montreat or neighboring Black Mountain is a must!
The Hendersonville Fireworks are a small but delightful show! Beginning at dark and viewable from the heart of downtown Hendersonville, attendees will enjoy both the small town feel and the live outdoor music from 7 - 9 PM.
To begin planning your Fourth of July Celebration in the Asheville Area,
By: Dana Carrico