4th of July Celebrations and Fireworks
From festivals and fireworks to Independence Day parades, Asheville is one of the best destinations in the region for Fourth of July celebrations. Our 2019 guide for Fourth of July in Asheville will help you plan a memorable experience.
Ingles Independence Day Celebration
Taking place on Thursday, July 4, 2019, from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Pack Square Park, the Ingles Independence Day celebration is one of Asheville’s premier events. Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm.
There will be plenty of family friendly activities taking place throughout the day. Children can take unlimited turns going through giant slides, an obstacle course, and slack-line areas with the purchase of a $3 wrist band. There will also be plenty of free activities including the Ultimate Air Dogs events at 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 7:30 pm. And don’t worry, the Splashville Fountain will be active until 6:00 pm for kids to cool off and splash about.
Musical entertainment is scheduled to begin around 5:00 pm. The 2019 lineup will be announced soon.
Beer and wine will be available for purchase, including beer from many local breweries and vineyards. Water, soft drinks, and food will also be available! No outside alcohol, drinks, or food will be permitted inside the event. However, there will be plenty of food and drinks at the event, and you’re more than welcome to grab a bite to eat at any of the dozens of unique restaurants in downtown Asheville!
The evening will be capped off with the national anthem and a remarkable fireworks celebration at 9:30 pm. Fireworks will launch from the Buncombe County parking deck on College Street. The best places for viewing are in the McGuire Green and Reuter Terrace areas of the park.
Parking for the celebration will be available at City of Asheville and Buncombe County Parking decks for $1.25 per hour after the first hour. The City of Asheville provides live updates of parking availability at each garage to help prevent you from wasting any time. Visit the parking services website for additional information.
Handicap accessible portajohns will be located at various areas including on Market Street (at S. Pack Square), at the park’s visitor center (until around 8:00 pm), and just north of the mainstage on Court Plaza. Wheelchair-accessible sidewalks run throughout the event, including directly in front of the stage. However, please note that some event areas are grassy or paved and may present bumps or inclines.
Lake Julian Fireworks
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 Thursday, July 4, 2019. The park offers picnic tables, a volleyball court, a playground, and more!
The fireworks extravaganza blasts off shortly after dark (around 8:45 pm to 9:30 pm).
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. Be sure to come early and enjoy the day at Lake Julian Park.
Asheville Tourists Baseball
The Asheville Tourists will have a home game against the Lexington Legends at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, July 3, 2019! Enjoy post-game fireworks from the comforts of the field in honor of Independence Day! Visit the official ticketing website for tickets (they’re still available!).
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!
The afternoon parade begins at 11:00 am and will take over Main Street. The evening celebration will kick off at 6:00 pm with activities and music in front of the Historic Courthouse on Main Street. Izzi Hughes and Cole Jenkins will play a pre-concert show starting at 6:00 pm, followed by a patriotic tribute and Wishful Thinkin’ performing from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Admission is free!
The street festival runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in downtown Brevard. From there the party continues at Brevard College with the Transylvania Community Art Council’s Duck Race for Kreative Kids on King’s Creek at 6:00 pm, as well as food, family time and celebration while awaiting the grand finale of the day, the Fireworks Extravaganza! Fireworks begin around 9:15 pm.
Brevard Music Center Festival
An explosive afternoon of family fun! Celebrate Independence Day with a musical extravaganza featuring your patriotic favorites, including the rousing 1812 Overture with live cannon. The concert takes place on Thursday, July 4, 2019, at 2:00 pm at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. Visit brevardmusic.org for additional information.
The popular Fourth of July fireworks display returns to Sutton Avenue on Thursday, June 4, 2019, over Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center. The festivities kick off at 6:30 pm with games for children, live music, barbeque, and more. No alcohol or pets are allowed at the event.
Guide last updated June 20, 2019. Please contact us with any questions, problems, or comments.