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Independence Day in Asheville

There is no shortage of things to do or places from which to see fireworks for July 4th in Asheville this year! We’re a city that loves to celebrate its independence, so staying true to that ethos, we have a list of local celebrations to check out.

Fireworks

McCormick Field – Celebrate a day early on July 3 and enjoy America’s pastime as the Asheville Tourists take on the Lexington Legends. First pitch is at 7:05, and fireworks follow the game.

Downtown Asheville – The Asheville Downtown Association hosts the Ingles Independence Day Celebration on July 4 from 2-10 p.m. at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. In addition to inflatables, an obstacle course, and a slack-line, the Splasheville fountain will be open for the kids. Music starts at 5 p.m., and fireworks will begin around 9:30.

Lake Julian Park – Lake Julian is the spot to see fireworks in south Asheville on July 4. The sparks fly at dark, but the park will be open for picnicking, grilling, boating, sand volleyball, and playing on the playground.

Downtown Hendersonville – Asheville’s neighbor to the south is hosting its fireworks show at dusk on the 4th. The best spots to see them is near the intersection of Highway 225 South and Highway 176. You’ll know if you’re in a good spot if you can see the Big Red Balloon floating in the sky over town.

Black Mountain – Downtown Black Mountain is hosting a street dance with the Ryan Perry Band, as well as kids’ activities, food vendors, and fireworks at dusk.

Activities

Highland Brewing Company – The Blind Pig will supply the eats, and the brewery will provide the drinks for the brewery’s Fourth of July Celebration. Several musical acts are on tap, as well. It all goes down on July 4, beginning at noon.

Asheville Outlets – The Independence Day 5K takes place on the 4th at 9 a.m. Participants can choose to race in the 5K or walk a mile. Proceeds from the registration cost will go to charity.

Sunset Mountain – Take a road trip with the Swannanoa Valley Museum for a 1.5-mile hike to the peak of the mountain to watch the sunset, followed by the fireworks in Black Mountain. Tickets are $25 for children, $50 for nonmembers of the museum, and $35 for members. Participants meet at the Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 East State Street, at 6 p.m.

Capella on 9 – The rooftop bar is hosting “The Great American Cookout” on the 4th from 7-10 p.m. Live music, traditional American food cooked on the grill, and a free drink ticket are included in the cost of admission, with a percentage of the event’s proceeds benefitting Bee City USA. Stay after the food to watch the fireworks from downtown. Tickets and more information can be found here.

The Daphne Room at Twisted Laurel – The patio is the place to be for a July 4th celebration, featuring a $10 burger and beer special, as well as a spot to watch the downtown fireworks. After the fireworks, enjoy music until midnight. Seating is $20 and reservations are required.

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