A Year-Round Guide to Franklin and Nantahala

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Valdese — Independence Day Celebration

June 30

Listen to live music from The Tonez and enjoy a fireworks show launched from behind the Old Rocks School at dusk.

100 Main Street West
Valdese, NC 28690
(828) 879-2120, townofvaldese.com

Bryson City — North Carolina’s Freedom Fest

July 4

Spend the day in downtown Bryson City exploring local businesses, eating street food delights like funnel cake, cheese steak sandwiches, and kettle corn, listen to live music, and then find a spot to watch the fireworks launched off from Airport Hill in the evening.

Downtown Bryson City
(828) 488-3681, greatsmokies.com/freedom-fest

Robbinsville — Graham County 2022 Heritage Festival

July 1 & 2

In the heart of Robbinsville Square around the Graham County Courthouse, find games, music, and food before watching a fireworks show at night.

12 Court Street
Robbinsville, NC 28771
(828) 735-0010, grahamcountytravel.com

Blowing Rock — Fireworks Extravaganza

July 4

Spend the day at Tweetsie Railroad’s Wild West theme park, and after the park closes, experience a fireworks show from the parking lot.

300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
(800) 526-5740, tweetsie.com

Boone — Fourth of July Fireworks

July 3

From live music to local food vendors, there will be tons of activities offered at this celebration. And, of course, a fireworks finale will end the night.

355 Martin Luther King Jr. St.
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 268-6280, exploreboone.com

Hendersonville — Special Fireworks Celebration Concert

July 4

Locals and visitors can enjoy concessions, live music including The Lonesome Road Band, and a fireworks show at dusk.

201 South Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
(828) 693-9708, visithendersonvillenc.org/music-on-main-street

Maggie Valley — Backyard Fourth!

July 4

Bring a blanket, games, snacks, and activities to the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds for a fireworks show that will begin at dusk.

3374 Soco Road
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
(828) 926-0866, maggievalleync.gov

Sylva — Fireworks Festivities

July 4

At this annual Independence Day Celebration in downtown Sylva, the littles can enjoy kid-friendly activities while adults enjoy a concert from the Carolina Soul Band. Fireworks will begin once it gets dark.

622 Mill Street
Sylva, NC 28779
(828) 586-2155, mountainlovers.com/july-4




Selma — All American Festival

June 30

Spend the day enjoying live music, food trucks, and activities at Ormond’s Plaza during the day and enjoy a fireworks show at night.

1120 S Pollock St
Selma, NC 27576
(919) 975-1411, selma-nc.com/departments/parks-rec/all-american-festival/

Charlotte — Fourth of July Celebration

July 3-4

This two-day event offers a bunch of fun activities, including live music and yoga, in addition to all the outdoor activities that the National Whitewater Center offers. Fireworks shows will take place at the end of each day.

5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28214
(704) 391-3900, whitewater.org/festival/fourth-of-july-celebration/

Wake Forest — Independence Day Celebration

July 3-4

Watch a fireworks show the evening of July 3 at Heritage High School. Then, on July 4, enjoy a children’s parade that starts at the intersection of North Main Street and West Juniper Avenue, and an Art in the Park event at the Wake Forest Community House.

Heritage High School
1150 Forestville Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Wake Forest Community House
133 West Owen Avenue
Wake Forest, NC 27587
(919) 435-9561, wakeforestnc.gov/meetings-events/independence-day-celebration

Cary — Independence Day Celebration

July 4

The North Carolina Symphony and Cary Town Band will perform during this event at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Fireworks will be set off once both concerts are complete.

8003 Regency Parkway
Cary, NC 27518
(919) 462-2025, boothamphitheatre.com

Raleigh — Fourth of July Fireworks Show

July 4

Pick your spot at Dorothea Dix Park and enjoy music, games, and, of course, fireworks at this event.

1030 Richardson Dr,
Raleigh, NC 27603

(919) 996-3255, https://raleighnc.gov/fireworks

Holly Springs — Fireworks Show

July 5

Head out to Jefferson L. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park to enjoy live music, food trucks, and other activities before watching a fireworks display.

2401 Grigsby Avenue
Holly Springs, NC 27540
(919) 557-2939, hollyspringsnc.us/358/July-5th




Ocracoke — Independence Day Celebration

July 2-4

This two-day celebration, beginning on July 2, will feature a sand sculpture contest, an old-time parade, a community beach fire under the stars, and a fireworks show launched from the large National Park Service parking area on the evening of the July 4.

Downtown Ocracoke
(252) 453-9388, visitocracoke.com 

Atlantic Beach — Fireworks Show

July 4

Grab dinner or a sweet treat at Atlantic Beach Circle before ringing in Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks show. Can’t make it there? Don’t worry, the show will also be visible across the island.

201 West Atlantic Boulevard
Atlantic Beach, NC
(252) 726-2121, atlanticbeach-nc.com/events/july-4th-fireworks/

Greenville — North Carolina Independence Day Celebration

July 4

Enjoy live music and food trucks and meet other vendors at Greenville’s Town Commons during this celebration. Then, end the day with a bang — a fireworks show will start at dusk.

100 East First Street
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 329-2489, greenvillenc.gov

Nags Head — Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular

July 4

Head over to the Nags Head Fishing Pier for this fireworks celebration. The show will begin after dark, but there are plenty of restaurants near the pier to grab a bite to eat at before the show begins.

3335 South Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 441-5508, nagsheadnc.gov

New Bern — Fourth of July Celebration

July 4

Enjoy live music, games, and activities, then sit back for a fireworks display at Lawson Creek Park.

1309 Country Club Road
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 639-2901, newbernnc.gov

Southport — North Carolina Fourth of July Festival

July 4

This historic annual celebration has taken place for more than 200 years. The event will feature a free concert, food vendors, and a flag-raising celebration.

4433 Long Beach Road Southeast
Southport, NC 28461
(910) 457-5578, nc4thofjuly.com

Wilmington — Fourth of July Fireworks

July 4

Eat and shop along the Wilmington Riverwalk in the historic downtown district during the day before heading over to the waterfront in the evening for a performance by the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks show.

Riverside Historic Downtown
Wilmington NC, 28401
(910) 341-7855, wilmingtonnc.gov

Ocean Isle — July 4th Parade and Fireworks

July 6

Enjoy a July 4th parade down East First Street and holiday market at 5 West Third Street before the fireworks spectacular is launched from the Ocean Isle Beach Pier in the evening.

1 West First Street
Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
(910) 579-2166, ncbrunswick.com

This story was published on Jun 16, 2021

Anna Mudd

Anna Mudd is a summer 2021 editorial intern at Our State.