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. Pair that with countless opportunities for mountain adventures and you have a pretty awesome holiday week in store for you here! Check out these Independence Day week events.
The Lake Junaluska Independence Day Celebrations include concerts by the award-winning bluegrass group Balsam Range and the Lake Junaluska Singers, fireworks, parade, and other family activities. Packages and individual concert tickets available for purchase. www.LakeJunaluska.com/july4th 800-222-4930
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. Facebook Event.
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.
Live music and entertainment from 11am – 3pm. “Kids on Main” Patriotic Parade – decorate your bikes, tricycles, wagons, and strollers! Parade starts at 11am and ends at the First Baptist Church where parade participants under the age of 17 receive a free ice cream. Haywood Community Band will be playing a patriotic concert at 2pm in from of the Historic Courthouse.
The day’s festivities begin on the Practice Green with singing of the National Anthem and a fun golf scramble. Tennis Exhibition & Mixed Doubles will follow too! The Laurel Ridge Dog Show is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and will be held in the Pavilion at 3 pm. If you have a patriotic pup with hidden talents, sign up to participate by calling 828-452-0545, ext. 131! All members, guests, and dog lovers are invited to lunch in the clubhouse, bring the whole family!
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.