Fireworks and family fun are what great Independence Days are made of and you’ll find just that and much more this 4th of July in the NC Smokies. With not just one, but multiple celebrations taking place across Haywood County, you’ll have plenty to choose from!
Wednesday, July 3
Blue Ridge Big Band | 7:30 PM | FREE | Lake Junaluska
The Blue Ridge Big Band has promoted fun and the unique sound of big band throughout the Western Carolina area for over twenty years. Expect a great time in a relaxed, informal setting at the white tent near Stuart Auditorium, where listening, dancing and singing along are all encouraged. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets do not need to be purchased in advance.
Thursday, July 4
Stars & Strips Kid’s July 4th Parade | 11 AM – 3 PM | FREE | Waynesville Main St
Patriotic Kids Parade kicks off at 11 AM, meet at the Historic Courthouse Lawn at 10 AM to sign up. Decorate your bikes, tricycles, scooters and strollers! Live music, face painting and entertainment all day. Shops & restaurants will be open. Ice cream for parade participants at the end, First Baptist Church.
Fourth of July Parade | 11 AM | FREE | Lake Junaluska
This year’s theme is When the Circus Came to Town! Follow the parade as it winds its way from Lambuth Inn down along N. Lakeshore Dr to the Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym.
Fourth of July BBQ Picnic | 12-2 PM | $10 Adults $5 Kids | Lake Junaluska
Takes place directly after the parade has finished. Picnic features a delicious barbecue lunch, music and family-friendly activities including face-painting, bounce houses and balloon art. Whitewater Bluegrass Company will lead the crowd in a free square dance beginning at 1:30 p.m.
July 4th Dog Show | 12 – 5 PM | FREE | Waynesville
Dog parade, competitions, prizes and demonstrations by What’s Up Dog/Pawsitive Love Foundation and Waynesville PD K-9 unit! Event takes place at Laurel Ridge Country Club (open to the public) featuring a cookout buffet including hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, mac & cheese, potato salad, coleslaw, broccoli salad, watermelon & ice cream sundae bar, all for $20 ($8 ages 7-12/6&U free). Dogs can complete in the following categories: Best Tail Wagger, Best Trick, Most Patriotic, Best Groomed, Pet/Owner Look Alike Contest.
Backyard 4th of July | 6 PM | FREE | Maggie Valley Festival Grounds
Bring your friends, family, blankets, and lawn chairs for Maggie Valley’s fireworks display! The fireworks are launched directly over the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Gates open at 6pm-arrive early for a parking spot, fireworks start at dark. Facebook Event.
Lake Junaluska Singers | 7:30 PM | $18-23 | Lake Junaluska
This 16-voice choral ensemble has been performing at Lake Junaluska for more than 60 years. Their Independence Day performance kicks off their official summer season and will be a spectacular patriotic salute to the USA. The concert, entitled “Oh! The Places You’ll Go!”, will feature favorite songs about American cities: My Old Kentucky Home, Oh! Susanna!, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Rocky Top, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Country Roads, Georgia on My Mind and more! Packages and individual concert tickets available for purchase. www.LakeJunaluska.com/july4th 800-222-4930
Fourth of July Fireworks on the Lake | 9:30 PM | FREE | Lake Junaluska
Fantastic display of over 800 fireworks shot from the dam and reflected beautifully on the lake. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.
Friday, July 5
Live Music By The Lake | 9 AM – 2 PM | FREE | Lake Junaluska
Listen to a variety of live music throughout the day from bluegrass to southern gospel to popular hits and more, as you enjoy beautiful views of the lake from the Harrell Center.
July 4th + 1 | 6-9:30 PM | FREE | Canton
With two major firework displays taking place on the 4th of July, the town of Canton stands out with their own beautiful display the day FOLLOWING on the 5th of July. Keep the patriotic fun going with this special celebration along the banks of the Pigeon River at the Sorrells Street Park in downtown.
July 4th + 1 Night Float | 6-10 PM | $18 | Canton’s Pigeon River
2nd Annual Night Tubing with the most unique way to enjoy the Canton 4th + 1 fireworks display! Come out and enjoy a fun filled evening with the best view possible of the fireworks in front of Bearwaters Brewery. Tubes, small and large cooler tubes, kayaks, and canoes are available while supplies last! Make your reservations today at www.protubingnc.com!
Imagine Circus | 7:30 – 9 PM | $12-23 | Lake Junaluska
Let your imagination run wild as Imagine Circus takes the stage during the Independence Day Celebrations at Lake Junaluska. You’ll be wowed by jugglers, stilt walkers, acrobats and more in this cirque-style performance, perfect for the whole family! Plus, Imagine Circus will join the Lake Junaluska Independence Day Parade on July 4 and do face-painting at the barbecue picnic. Tickets to the Imagine Circus are for adults $23 reserved seating and $18 general admission, and for children ages 12 and younger $15 reserved seating and $12 general admission. (Reserved seating tickets are available online only at https://www.itickets.com/events/421514.) Or bundle and save: When you purchase general admission tickets at the Bethea Welcome Center for Imagine Circus as well as the Lake Junaluska Singers concert on July 4 and Balsam Range concert on July 5, it’s just $50! To book a package or learn more, call 800-222-4930 or visit www.lakejunaluska.com/july4th.
The Get Right Band | 9 PM | Free | The Boojum Gem, Waynesville
Psychedelic indie-rock power trio from Asheville, NC. The Get Right Band proudly carries the torch for a long line of genre-bending power trios from Cream to The Jimi Hendrix Experience to The Police to Violent Femmes to Primus to Green Day to Nirvana to Sublime.
Saturday, July 6
Family Olympics | 2 PM | FREE | Lake Junaluska
Families are invited to compete for ribbons and medals in zany, good-natured field day activities at the Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym and field.
Tricia Ann Pearl Single Release Party | 7 PM | Free | Maggie Valley
Up and coming country artist Tricia Ann Pearl will be releasing her single “Just Another Song” at Elevated Mountain Distillery in Maggie Valley. Enjoy $5 tasting tours that include a souvenir shot glass.
Balsam Range | 7:30 PM | $23 | Lake Junaluska
Join the IMBA Entertainers of the Year and best bluegrass band in the nation, Balsam Range, for a night of top tier musical talent.
Sunday, July 7
Jazz Sunday Worship | 10:45 AM | FREE | Lake Junaluska
Music during the Summer Worship Series on Sunday, July 7th will feature the Lake Junaluska Singers performing outstanding sacred jazz alongside the Lake Junaluska Jazz Trio. They will sing selections from Bob Chilcott’s “A Little Jazz Mass.” Rev. Dr. Prisiclla Pope-Levison will preach on this communion Sunday. End your Independence Day Celebrations with a spiritual experience in the historic Stuart Auditorium.
THE PATRIOTIC QUILT BLOCKS OF HAYWOOD COUNTY
The Haywood County Quilt Trail project has been growing rapidly of the past few years, with over 40 blocks now making up the entire trail. Each block has a special name and meaning, including several dedicated to the patriotism of our county. Take a mini-tour of the patriotic quilt blocks by visiting the four below:
Stars & Stripes & City Streets
Waynesville Police Station
9 South Main St., Waynesville
Red, White & Blue
Mast General Store
63 North Main St, Waynesville
Clyde Town Hall
8437 Carolina Blvd, Clyde
A Salute to the Colors
The Canton Armory
71 Penland St., Canton
We hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July here in the NC Smokies! For more info or questions about what to do while you’re here, call us – 800-334-9036 or stop by the Haywood County Visitor Center at 1110 Soco Rd., Maggie Valley, NC 28751.