Independence Day Festival and Parade, Memorial Park and Blowing Rock Country Club, Blowing Rock, July 6-8

Join the town of Blowing Rock for games, music, and fun! Free entertainment all day, plus the best small-town Main Street parade you’ll find anywhere.  All events take place in downtown Blowing Rock, except the fireworks which will be held at the Blowing Rock Country Club. The public is welcome at the Club for the special event. Find the games and music in Memorial Park on Main Street.

Here’s the schedule for the 2018 celebration (times subject to change):

Friday, July 6, 2018:

6-8pm: Park Dance in Memorial Park with Summer Daze Band

Saturday, July 7th, 2018:

9am-until: Adult Horse Shoe Tournament (18 years & up, prizes awarded). Noon – 1:30 pm: Live music with Brian Collins. 2pm: Independence Day Parade. 3 – 4 pm: Live Music with the Cockman Family. 3:30 – 4:30pm: Park Games, with prizes awarded for 1st and 2nd place in all games! 9pm: Fireworks at the Blowing Rock Country Club.

Sunday, July 8th, 2018: Watauga Community Band concert in Memorial Park.

For more information, call Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation at 828-295-5222 

Red, White and Bluegrass Festival, Catawba Meadows Park, Morganton, July 4-7

Mark your calendars for the 15th Annual Red, White, and Bluegrass Festival in Morganton, NC! The festival is scheduled for July 4-7. July 4 is free to everyone and will feature games, music, contests, and more. July 5-7 will feature the best blugrass bands around! Music Festival ticketing, camping, etc.: Daily Admission: $30, ($5 upcharge on daily admission Friday, July 6); Full Event Pass w/ Reserved Seating: $110. Full Event Pass: $75. 12 & under: FREE with paid admission (except reserved seating). Camping: $35 (No hook-ups). Bluegrass Camp for Kids: $70. Full Event Pass includes camping pass.   To purchase tickets and see the line up bands, go to

 Fourth of July Celebration U.S. National Whitewater Center, Charlotte, July 3-4; 9:30am  – 10pm.

USNWC‘s Fourth of July Celebration is a two-day festival featuring outdoor adventure, yoga, live music, and spectacular firework displays. Musical performances on the River Jam Stage will take place in the afternoon and evening of each day, followed by a stunning firework display over the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. Bring out your blanket or chairs, pick out a great viewing spot, and enjoy the show. Admission: See website, day pass purchase or yearly pass purchase required. Parking fee applies. 

Glen Alpine 4th of July Celebration, 103 Pitts St, Morganton, NC, July 4 at 10am.

The annual celebration of freedom features a parade, live music, free watermelon, food for purchase and more! Friends, family and Burke County parade-goers are all welcome to join in!

The parade route will run from Pea Ridge Street to Linville Street, circle Cemetery Street back to Linville Street and end at the town hall in Glen Alpine where the rest of the festivities will take place. If you wish to participate in the parade, lineup/signup will begin at 9am and the parade will begin at 10am. More info closer to date:  Or, call (828) 584-2622.

Downtown Boone Annual July 4th Parade, Downtown Boone, NC, July 4, 11am – 12:30pm

The Downtown Boone annual 4th of July parade travels east on King Street, starting at the intersection with Poplar Grove Extension and ending at Legends on Hardin St. (around the corner from Dan’l Boone Inn). Following the parade, the Town of Boone continues the celebration with free cookies and refreshments on the lawn of the Jones House Cultural and Community Center (604 W. King Street). Mayor Rennie Brantz and other Town staff will be there to greet guests and pass out treats. Later that evening, check out the festivities at Clawson/Burnley Park (355 Hunting Hills Lane) starting at 7pm, with music followed by fireworks at 9:30pm.  Admission: Free.

 Ingles Independence Day Celebration, July 4, 2-10pm, Pack Square Park, Asheville

The Asheville Downtown Association will host the Ingles Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, July 4 from 2-10pm at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. This event is produced in partnership with the City of Asheville. The free event features family activities throughout the day, with a fireworks extravaganza capping off the event at 9:30pm. The event will feature live entertainment, the Ingles Ultimate Air Dogs, LEAF Easel Rider, Food Vendors and more. For schedules and more information go to 

Lenoir 4th of July Celebration, Lenoir Optimist Grounds, Lenoir, NC., July 4, 5pm – 10pm

Come celebrate Independence Day at Mulberry Recreation Center! We’ll have water slides, games, live music, fireworks, and more! Cost: mostly free! Fireworks start at 9:30 pm, and will be shot from the Lenoir Optimist Grounds. Inflatables and water slides aren’t free, $10 unlimited arm band.  Some games and food are not free. Activities: Firecracker 10k, 5k And 1 Mile Fun Run, June 30, go to to register. Live music by Lucky Pocket! Also, Trackless Train Rides, Face Painting, Colored Hair Spraying, Giant Jenga Game, Caricature Artist, Corn Hole Game, Giant Connect 4, Balloon Artist, Food Vendors, Petting Zoo & Horse Rides!

 Marion 4th of July Celebration, July 4, 6pm -10pm

Wednesday, July 4 – Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks! Celebrate Independence Day in Downtown Marion. The parade begins at 6pm. A special spot is reserved at the beginning of the parade for “Anything That Rolls”. Grand Marshals are McDowell County veterans. The street dance with “Gotcha Groove” begins at 7pm. Fireworks at 9:45pm.

For more information, 828-652-2215. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an evening of fun with your friends and neighbors!