Believe it or not, the Fourth of July is almost here! (Is it just us, or is this year flying by?) The Fourth of July is a great excuse to skip your chores around the house, buy a watermelon, see some friends, and get outside. Mowing the lawn can wait.

In the spirit of celebration, we’ve rounded up some of the activities going on around WNC to save you time. ⬇️ Check out our full list below, and let us know what you do for the 4th of July by tagging us on social media with #iloverouleau. 



Downtown Asheville Independence Day Celebration
Where: Pack Square Park
When: 2 p.m.
Activities for the little ones (think Splashville and a big bouncy house) start at 2 p.m, and live music starts at 5 p.m. Fireworks will begin after dark around 9:30, and should be visible all over Asheville. (I like to watch from a roof.) If you need to grab a bite, you should be covered – 10+ food trucks will also be there, as well as beer, wine & cider for sale. 

✖️ Leave at home: alcohol, coolers, pets

Fireworks at Lake Julian 

Where: 9-9:30 p.m. 

The fireworks are set to start between 9 and 9:30, but head down early with lawn chairs and blankets to snag a good spot along the lake. The park also has picnic tables, grills, a sand volleyball court and a playground for the little ones.  Park across the street at Estes Elementary School.

✖️Leave at home: Pets, alcohol, and tobacco products 

Lake Lure

When: 8 p.m. on July 3, and 

Where: Morse Park, 2948 Memorial Hwy. 

The Lake Lure community will be doing celebrations a day early on July 3. Fireworks will start at dusk, and you can watch from the beach or from boats on the lake. 

On the 4th, Rumbling Bald Resort will also put on a fireworks show for their guests at dusk. 

✖️ Leave at home: alcohol 


When: 11 a.m. 

Where: 201 S. Main St. 

Hendersonville will throw an Independence Day parade starting at 11 a.m., and kick off the evening celebrations with live music at the Visitor Center downtown. Fireworks will start around 9:30 p.m. 


Town of Boone 4th of July Parade & Fireworks 

When: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.  

Where: Parade at King St., fireworks at Clawson/Burnley Park, 35 Hunting Hills Ln. 

Join the Town of Boone for their annual parade traveling east on King St., plus free cookies and refreshments after the parade. In evening, live music will start at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks around 9:30 p.m. 

Blowing Rock 

Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie Railroad 

When: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 

Where: Tweetsie Railroad, 300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln. 

Tweetsie Railroad will be open all day to celebrate the Fourth of July, with fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. The Hacienda at Tweetsie will also serve an all-you-can-eat buffet (you can snag tickets in the box office).

Banner Elk 

Mile High Fourth of July Celebration 

When: June 29-July 4 

Where: Various locations 

Banner Elk and Beech Mountain have teamed up for several days of summer festivities to get in the mood for the Fourth. Eight bands will perform over the four-day extravaganza. Activities will include fireworks, pig-pickins, egg tosses & more. Check out the full schedule of events and plan your week.