7/2/2012 - Fourth of July fireworks and fun happening in Asheville and the mountains
by Tony Kiss - Asheville Citizen Times
ASHEVILLE -- Here comes Independence Day, and with it, lots of fireworks, festivities and all-American family fun.
The Fourth of July is Wednesday, and that's when most of the mountains will be waving the red, white and blue. But for those who can't wait, a couple of celebrations going today.
In Webster, Miss Lucy's Picnic is set for 4 p.m. at the former home of Lucy Hedden on Buchanan Loop, who hosted the first picnic in 1946 to celebrate both Independence Day and end of World War II. The celebration continues today at the old Hedden place, now the home of Julie Spiro. Bring a dish to share. Eating utensils and drinks are provided.
In Cashiers, the Mountain Music Festival continues today in the Village Common, with music by Tony Rice, Bobby Hicks, Balsam Range, the Darren Nicholson Band, Rafe Hollister and more. Fireworks follow the show. Admission is $25.
On Wednesday, Independence Day celebrations are far and wide. In downtown Asheville, the city celebration is back at Pack Square Park at 4 p.m. with music, games, and fun and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
The Asheville Tourists are playing the Augusta Greenjackets and have fireworks after the game. The Grove Park Inn has a fireworks show planned. Biltmore Estate has a private show at the Inn on Biltmore, but fireworks can be seen in the surrounding area. At Lake Julian, fireworks are set at dark.
More fun for the Fourth
o Beech Community: The 128th annual celebration happens at the the Beech Community Center off Reems Creek Road. A parade begins at 10 a.m., a patriotic program at 11 a.m. a covered-dish lunch at 12:15, p.m. and field games beginning at 1:30 p.m. George Humphries is guest speaker and Brett Anderson makes the music.
o Black Mountain: The celebration is on Sutton Avenue and includes music, a street dance and fireworks at dark.
o Brevard: The town celebration runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with a 5K/10K Firecracker run, a pet show, classic car show, an old-time fair at the Transylvania Heritage Museum, a 1:30 p.m. bicycle parade (helmet required), a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 3 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Brevard and performances of "The Great Western Melodrama" by Brevard Little Theater at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. at American Legion Hall. There's a hot dog eating contest at 4 p.m. in front of Rocky's Grill, a duck race at 5 p.m. in King's Creek at Brevard College and fireworks at dark. Brevard Music Center hosts a patriotic pops concert at 2 p.m. The Transylvania Symphonic Band and Brevard Community Band do a program of marches and patriotic classics. As usual, it ends with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and a firing cannon.
o Burnsville: The Fourth of July celebration starts at 10 a.m. with music, children's fun, food and a wagon train.
o Bryson City: Freedom Fest, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., includes fireworks at dark. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will run a Fireworks Freedom Train on Wednesday, with a picnic-style meal The train leaves the Bryson City depot at 8 p.m. and heads to Dillsboro, where you get a great view of the fireworks there. For train tickets, call 800-872-4681.
o Cashiers: The Cashiers Mountain Music Festival happens Saturday and Sunday with performances by Tony Rice, Balsam Range and Bobby Hicks, and fireworks on Sunday night. For tickets, visit www.cashiersnorthcarolina.com/cmmf.
o Cherokee: Fireworks fly at dark from the Acquoni Expo Center.
o Dillsboro: The town celebration is 1-9:45 p.m. with carnival rides, contests and music.
o Forest City: Catch a baseball game with the Forest City Owls starting at 7:30 p .m., followed by fireworks.
o Franklin: The Fireworks and Fun Day celebration begins at 10 a.m., with horseshoe and cornhole tournaments at at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Recreation Park on U.S. 441. Fireworks at dark.
o Hendersonville: There's plenty to do here, starting with an 11 a.m. Wednesday parade. The Music on Main concert series has a special Fourth of July event with one-man band Tom Brown starting at 7 p.m. at the Visitor Information Center, 201 S. Main St. Fireworks will fly at dark. A large balloon fill be floating over the fireworks launch site so you'll know where to watch.
o Lake Junaluska: The parade begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday from Lambuth Inn to Nanci Weldom Gym, with a barbecue lunch at noon ($8, $4 ages 4-11). The Reems Creek Incident Band plays bluegrass until 2 p.m. Fireworks fly at dark. Also, the Lake Junaluska Singers perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Stuart Auditorium at the Lake Junaluska Conference Center. Tickets are $16.50, $8 ages 8 and younger. 452-2281.
o Lake Lure: Take a boat tour and watch the fireworks at dark.
o Marion: The day includes a 6 p.m. parade, music by the Foothills Community Band, a 7 p.m. street dance and fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
o Maggie Valley: The Red White and Boom celebration is 2-11 p.m. with live music, children's activities, arts and crafts, food and drink and fireworks.
o Montreat: Fourth of July is always a big deal in Montreat, and this year's celebration begins at 7 a.m. Wednesday with a 5K race, no registration required. The town parade begins at 10:30 a.m. with a barbecue lunch available at noon for $10. Admission is free to the swimming pool and tennis courts, paddle boating and canoeing. It winds down with a 7 p.m. square dance at the Montreat Conference Center.
o Penland: A 7 p.m. parade is followed by fireworks at dark.
o Rutherfordton: The Old-Time Freedom Festival includes music, a parade, a soap box derby and fireworks at dark.
o Waynesville: The Stars and Stripes Celebration is set for Wednesday starting with the new Kids on Main Parade at 11 a.m. Dress up in patriotic attire and do the same for your bikes, scooters and wagons. Then head to the the courthouse lawn starting at 10 a.m. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by parents. A mountain music concert is set for 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 100 S. Main St. The Haywood Community Band plays a 2 p.m. patriotic concert at the courthouse lawn.
o Weaverville The Weavervile Kiwanis Club of North Buncombe holds the Firecracker 5K at 8 a.m. at PNC Bank on Weaver Boulevard. The Fire on the Lake Music Festival starts at 5 p.m. with performances by Cripps Puppets, Moses Atwood, Glory on the Floor and Grammy-winning David Holt and the Lightning Bolts at Lake Louise. Fireworks fly at dark. Park at AB Emblem, OTS or in downtown Weaverville and catch the free shuttle to the lake.