The Perfect Fourth of July in North Carolina!

Land of the free and home of the brave, towns in North Carolina sure know how to celebrate independence in this beautiful nation! From fireworks, to parades, the celebrations are a-plenty. If you are in need of a location to sport your red, white and blue and show off your pride for America, here’s how to have the perfect Fourth of July in North Carolina!  

1. July Fourth Weekend Celebration, Charlotte, NC

A weekend of celebration beginning June 30 and lasting through July 4, join the Charlotte community for various patriotic events and activities. The first day will launch with a pool party complete with a roast and DJ from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday, the Ballantyne Hotel will be hosting live music to entertain as you enjoy the cookout and splashing in the pool from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. July 1, attend the Golf Pavilion to participate in the games, music, food trucks and North Carolina beer and fireworks. Don’t forget to wear your red, white, and blue! Great food places nearby are Stone Mountain Grill, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Duckworth’s Grill and Taphouse, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar and Persis Biryani Indian Grill. 

2. Festival Parade, Southport, NC

The Festival Parade has been a production since 1964. Beginning at 11 a.m. on July 4, over 120 will parade the streets to celebrate Independence Day. Lay down your blanket or set up your chair for the fireworks on the Southport Waterfront at 9 p.m. Pelican’s Snoballs, Island Ice, Southern Concessions, The Seafood Hut, Steak Boys Inc., Ben & Jerry’s, and Mama Dukes Woodfired Over Pizza are all vendors scheduled to be in attendance! 

3. Lake Junaluska Fourth of July Parade & Picnic, Lake Junaluska, NC

Lake Junaluska is throwing a weekend celebration from July 2 until July 5 that you will not want to miss. The Fourth of July parade begins at 11 a.m. with a new theme this year: “This Land is Our Land: Celebrating Our National Parks.” Following the parade will be the Fourth of July Picnic at the Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym. Family activities will be available to participate in during the picnic. Tickets cost $9 for adults, and $5 for children ages 4 to 11. Nearby eats include The Buttered Biscuit, and Ammons’ Drive Inn and Dairy Bar. 

4. Tweetsie Railroad Fireworks Extravaganza, Blowing Rock, NC

“One of the most popular events in the mountains,” Tweetsie Railroad Fireworks Extravaganza of Blowing Rock will make it an evening to remember. After the park closes, the fireworks are set to start at 9 p.m. The parking fee is $10 per vehicle. Individuals with a Golden Rail Season Pass pay no parking fee for the occasion. If you would like to dine in, it is $20 for adults and $15 for children. Guests will be able to dine and enjoy a chicken and barbecue buffet and when the show begins, view the fireworks in the Hacienda. For those who would like to grab a bite before or after, The Rock Sports Bar & Grill, Coyote Kitchen, Taste Grill, and the Appalachian Mountain Brewery are all in the area. 

5. Freedom Fest, Bryson City, NC

Freedom Fest of Bryson City, North Carolina, is a full day of celebration. Enjoy firecrackers, a 5K, foods, family-friendly games and activities, live entertainment and as the finale, “one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in the Smokies.” Do not forget your furry companion and participate in Riverfront Park—where dogs are given awards! Freedom Fest lives up to USA Today’s recent rave as “one of nine small towns that go all out for the Fourth of July.” Stop in at one of the many restaurants nearby for food and beverages such as Anthony’s Restaurant, Everett Street Diner, Box Car Café & Cones, or the Filling Station Deli and Sub Shop. 

6. Downtown Asheville Independence Day Celebration, Asheville, NC

Beginning at the Park Square Park at 2 p.m. on July 4, there will be family friendly activities open until 6 p.m., and live music at 4 p.m. The beautiful fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. so do not forget your cozy blanket or chair to set up! Food trucks will be on site or you can stop in one of the many restaurants nearby: Wicked Weed Brewing Pub, Carmel’s Kitchen & Bar, Bouchon, Barley’s, The Blackbird Restaurant, Buxton Hall Barbecue, The Bier Garden and more. 

7. Fun Fourth Festival, Greensboro, NC

Starting off the Fourth of July celebrations with high energy, July 3 will be dedicated to the Freedom Run 10K. July 4, the Fun Fourth festivities are known to be the “biggest 4th of July festival in North Carolina.” The day will be packed full with live entertainment, food, games, and activities. Fill your belly with one of the many options in the area: Acropolis Restaurant, B. Christopher’s Steakhouse, Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing Co., Crafted: The Art of the Taco and more. 

8. Fireworks in Sylva, Sylva, NC

From 5 p.m. until dark, enjoy food and beverages, family friendly activities and a free live performance at the Bridge Park Pavilion. The Business, a R&B band, will be around from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. After the concert, enjoy the fireworks show with your loved ones. Fancy a bite to eat? There are several nearby businesses to fill up at: City Lights Café, Speedy’s Pizza Innovative Brewing Company, and Lulu’s on Main just to name a few! Grab a drink, and celebrate Independence Day the right way.

9. Mr. Roberts and Fireworks, Wilmington, NC

Taking dinner and a show to a whole new level, the Battleship of Wilmington, North Carolina, will be collaborating with theatre production company Thalian Association Community Theatre to put on Mr. Roberts, a drama to be performed on the fantail of the battleship beginning at 7 p.m. on the Fourth of July. Ticket prices to view the performance run from $25 for children to $50 for adult. Tickets for the Fourth of July include refreshments and fireworks. The gorgeous fireworks display will begin after the show at 9 p.m. For those not attending the Mr. Roberts’ performance, Wilmington has endless eatery options to satisfy your hunger. A few near the battleship include Front Street Brewery, The Basics, Aubriana’s Steak and Seafood, Pilot House Restaurant and many more. 

10. Summerfest: Independence Day, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary, NC

An afternoon of fun, celebration and music to your ears, Koka Booth Amphitheatre is a magnificent place to spend your Independence Day. Arrive at three and the gates are open to lay out your picnic blankets and chairs on the lawn. Enjoy family friendly activities, including the Ferris wheel to overlook the lake. Food eating contests (watermelon and ice cream), and cornhole contests will commence later in the day. The live entertainment will begin at 5:45 p.m. on the Koka Booth Main Stage. The Cary Town Band will take the stage first and then at 7:30, the North Carolina Symphony. Fireworks will be set off after the North Carolina Symphony ends. If you would like reserved seating at the theater, tickets can be purchased at the box office or online. 

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