How to Have the Ultimate 4th of July in Asheville
The 4th of July is only a month away and now is the perfect time to start planning your Asheville vacation. Escape the hot temps of the flatlands and head to the cool mountains of North Carolin this 4th. You won't be disappointed. Asheville throws a celebration like few others. With Asheville's unique sense of style, love of music, and great food, what better way is there to celebrate the birth of our great nation!
You simply can't visit Asheville without getting outside and enjoying the beauty of the surrounding areas. Now we understand an eight-hour hike up Mt. Mitchell isn't for everyone, but that is the beauty of Asheville. There is something for everyone! So before you head to the fireworks for the night we have three great ways to spend the day outdoors in Asheville and stay close by so getting back for the fireworks will be a cinch.
French Broad River
One of the best things about Asheville is the French Broad River. This slow meandering body of water offers lots of opportunities to get outside. First, you can take a long stroll along the greenway. Much of it is paved so this is an excellent option if you have someone in your party who is handicapped. However, if you're able to try cooling off on the water by either tubing down the river, or going stand up paddleboarding, both of which are easy to do fun for the whole family.
Take To The Air
For those looking for a little adventure one of the coolest and wildest things you can do is a zip line adventure. One of the best is in Navitat Canopy Adventures, located just twenty minutes from downtown Asheville in Barnardsville. You'll love zipping through the canopy with the wind in your hair. Don't forget the camera as this will be one memorable adventure.
Downtown Asheville is loaded with character. From interesting shops with unique themes to the vibrant array of street performers, there is plenty to see and do downtown. A couple of highlights are the glass blowers at Lexington Glassworks or trying some tasty Indian street food at Chai Pani. No matter what you enjoy, there is something for you in downtown. Do you have a favorite place? We would love to hear about it. Be sure to leave a comment below.
No 4th of July celebration is complete without an awesome fireworks show. Asheville is lucky to have two great options to view fireworks. Downtown is always a fun and lively place to visit. With unique shops, restaurants, and street performers you simply can't help but be drawn into the fun. South Asheville is also perfect for seeing the fireworks around Lake Julian. It does have big crowds, but the setting is perfect especially for those with small kids. Here is everything you need to know about the Asheville fireworks schedule and events.
Downtown Asheville 4th of July Celebration
Beginning at 2 p.m. on July 4th you'll want to head over to Pack Square Park for the Ingles Independence Day Celebration. From 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. there will be loads of children's activities including Splashville, face painting, and bouncy houses. For those looking for live music, you'll want to get your dancing shoes on at 5 p.m. For dog lovers, you'll want to stick around to watch the Ultimate Air Dogs competition. These events take place at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. During the events downtown there will be beer and wine available for purchase. Outside alcohol is not allowed, nor are pets and coolers.
The big event, fireworks, take to the sky at 9:30 p.m. and can be seen best from the park (buildings block the view in other parts of downtown). Please be sure to bring a chair or blanket as there is no seating. For those looking for great food, make sure to take advantage of the local food trucks or nearby restaurants that are close to the park. Finally, parking can be tight. Plan on car-pooling, walking or riding your bike if possible.
South Asheville Fireworks at Lake Julian
The fireworks show starts when the sun sets on the 4th (9:19 p.m. for those detailed oriented types), but plan on arriving early. There is no seating so be sure to bring your lawn chair or blanket. Spots along the lake are the most popular, and also the best. If you want to make a day of it the park is the perfect place for a family gathering or picnic. There are picnic tables, grills, a sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, playground, and you can even rent boats. If you're looking for parking, the easiest place to park is at the Estes Elementary School on Long Shoals Road across from the lake. There is a free shuttle from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pets are prohibited in the park for this event. To get to the lake punch in 406 Overlook Extension Arden into the GPS.
With only a month to go, there is still plenty of time to find the perfect Asheville vacation rental. How you ask? Simple, just give us a call at (888) 861-9487, and we will be happy to help you find just the right vacation home. You can also click the button below to explore our entire inventory. Happy 4th of July!