From festivals to fireworks, Asheville is one of the best destinations in the region for Fourth of July celebrations. The 2023 guide for Fourth of July in Asheville will help you plan a memorable experience.

2023 Ingles Independence Day Celebration

The Ingles Independence Day Celebration returns to Downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. The free event features The Ultimate Air Dogs, live music, local food and craft beverages, and a fireworks extravaganza.

Food and beverage sales open at 5:00 pm. Brews from locals Sierra Nevada, French Broad Brewing, Flat Rock Cider Company, as well as brews from Lagunitas, Sam Adams, Foothills Brewing, and wine from Noble Vines will be available for purchase. Water and other drinks will also be available for purchase.

No outside alcohol, pets or vending are permitted. Parking is available in City of Asheville parking decks, on the street or in private lots.

More information about the Ingles Independence Day Celebration and the Asheville Downtown Association can be found online at

Lake Julian Fireworks in South Asheville

Experience one of the largest and most exciting fireworks displays in the area with a view like no other as the skyline comes to life over South Asheville’s Lake Julian on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. The park offers picnic tables, a volleyball court, a playground, and more!

The fireworks extravaganza blasts off shortly after dark (around 9:15 pm). Visitors should arrive by 7:45 pm to allow enough time for parking and entering the park.

Parking is at Estes Elementary School across Long Shoals Road from the main entrance to Lake Julian Park. Daytime shuttles will be operating from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm. Handicap access parking in the park will be allowed with a valid handicap placard. Limited parking is available at the Lake Julian Trail Greenway in the gravel lot adjacent to Wild Wing Café. Be sure to come early and enjoy the day at Lake Julian Park.

Revelers are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy all the park has to offer: disc golf, cornhole, sand volleyball, playgrounds, fitness courses, horseshoes, and more. Uncovered picnic tables and grills are available on a first come basis. Food trucks will also be on-site throughout the day. Local bluegrass band Supper Break will play live music during the afternoon and into the evening.

Everyone can fish in any public body of water in the state without a license on July 4. The park is also waiving the daily fishing fee as part of Free Fishing Day in North Carolina. Lake Julian is stocked with an abundance of bass, catfish, bream, and crappie by the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission.

An accessible boat launch is available for private craft including fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, SUPs, and sailboats for a fee of $8. Paddle boats and water trikes can be rented for $12 per hour. All boats must be off the water by 8:00 pm.

Visit the Buncombe County website for additional information.

Celebrations and Fireworks Near Asheville


Henderson County will launch an Independence Day fireworks display at sundown from South Grove Street. The fireworks can be viewed throughout downtown Hendersonville as well as the south side of town; if you’re able to see the “Big Red Balloon” that goes up during the day then you’ll have a good view for the fireworks! Visit for more information.

The Independence Day Parade in downtown Hendersonville will be on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, beginning at 10:30 am. The parade will span from Caswell Street to 6th Avenue. Traffic will still be able to traverse the avenues until 10 am when they will close in preparation for event.

For more information, visit the 4th of July guide.

Guide last updated June 22, 2023. Please contact us with any questions, problems, or comments.