See Fireworks During Fourth of July and All Summer in North Carolina

Watching fireworks light up the sky is an experience as American as they come, thanks largely to these displays being part of Independence Day traditions. North Carolina offers beautiful backdrops for these bursts of color in the skies above our mountains, cityscapes and beaches.

You’ll find many Fourth of July fireworks shows, including several multiday celebrations. Plus, there are lots of opportunities to enjoy fireworks throughout summer beyond Independence Day.

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1 Fireworks Friday Night

1 Fireworks Friday Night

July 3; Town of ValdeseSee on mapSee on map

Note: Concerts in May, June and July have been canceled due to COVID-19.

It’s a special edition of the Family Friday Nights concert series featuring one of the most popular annual fireworks displays in the area. The light display bursts at a lower altitude, allowing for a variety of swirls and explosions of color.

Admission: free

2 Independence Day Weekend at Lake Junaluska

Family on a dock watching fireworks across the lake
photo: Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center

2 Independence Day Weekend at Lake Junaluska

July 2-5; Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat CenterSee on mapSee on map

Note: The 2020 weekend has been canceled due to COVID-19.

It's a family-friendly, multiday celebration at this lakeside resort in the mountains, with special stay packages. Enjoy live music, a hometown-style parade, activities on the water, barbecue and kids' play areas. The fireworks show begins around 9:30 p.m. on July 4.

3 Ingles Independence Day Celebration

3 Ingles Independence Day Celebration

July 4, 2-10 p.m.; Pack Square Park, AshevilleSee on mapSee on map

Note: The 2020 event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Venture to downtown Asheville for a day and night filled with activities for the family. Highlights include children’s activities, the Splashville Fountain, a fireworks extravaganza and more.

Admission: free; $3 for children's activities

4 Freedom Fest and Fireworks

4 Freedom Fest and Fireworks

July 4; downtown Bryson CitySee on mapSee on map

Note: The fireworks show will still held be at 10 p.m., but the additional events have been canceled due to COVID-19.

The old-fashioned street festival features great music throughout the day, arts and crafts, a children's activities area, watermelon-eating contest and more. The concert headliner performs at 8 p.m., followed by a fireworks show at 10 p.m.

Admission: free

5 Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie

Crowd sitting on lawn by a train watching fireworks in the sky
photo: Tweetsie Railroad

5 Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie

July 4; Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock

Note: The 2020 event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Enjoy spectacular fireworks above the iconic train. There’s an optional dinner and premium fireworks viewing in the Hacienda with a special buffet.

6 34th Annual Christmas in July Festival

6 34th Annual Christmas in July Festival

July 3-4; West JeffersonSee on mapSee on map

Note: The 2020 festival has been canceled due to COVID-19.

The two-day celebration takes over this small, charming town in the High Country, offering fun for the whole family. There’ll be live bands performing, roving street performers, children’s activities and more than 100 vendors. And in addition to the fireworks, the highlights of this festival are the Christmas tree growers competitions and appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Admission: free

7 Independence Day Festival and Parade

7 Independence Day Festival and Parade

July 4; Blowing RockSee on mapSee on map

Note: The 2020 event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Saturday offers music, games, and watermelon eating contests in the park for kids and adults. The parade will be down Main Street on Saturday, and the fireworks show will begin later that evening.

Admission: free

8 Symphony by the Lake at Chetola

Huge crowd of people watching fireworks in night sky
photo: Faisuly Scheurer

8 Symphony by the Lake at Chetola

Aug. 22; Chetola Resort, Blowing RockSee on mapSee on map

Note: Originally scheduled for July 24, this event has been moved to Aug. 22 due to COVID-19.

It’s the signature summertime event of the Symphony of the Mountains, and this year’s guest soloist is David Eggar. A fireworks show will wrap up the night.

Admission: $15-40

Piedmont

9 Annual Lumbee Homecoming

9 Annual Lumbee Homecoming

June 26 - July 4, PembrokeSee on mapSee on map

Note: The 2020 Homecoming has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Events span a week, recognizing the heritage of the Lumbee people in Robeson County. Activities include a golf tournament, 5K run, bike race, parade, car show, outdoor concerts and local markets selling Lumbee wares. The fireworks show takes place July 4 at 9 p.m.

Admission: cost varies; some events are free

10 Symphony in the Park & Fireworks

10 Symphony in the Park & Fireworks

June 20; Bailey Road Park, CorneliusSee on mapSee on map

Note: The 2020 event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Bring your picnic baskets, blankets and chairs, and enjoy performances by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Concessions will be available, including wine and local craft beer, plus you can bring your own coolers, food and drinks. There will also be a kids’ play area. Fireworks will begin immediately following the symphony’s performance.

Admission: free

11 Independence Day Weekend Celebration on the Lake

11 Independence Day Weekend Celebration on the Lake

Sept. 6, Satterwhite Point at Kerr Lake, HendersonSee on mapSee on map

Note: Originally scheduled for July 4, this celebration has been moved to Sept. 6 due to COVID-19.

Watch fireworks soar over the lake, after an evening of live music, food, vendors and more. You're encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Admission: free; parking $7

12 Fun Fourth Festival

Downtown Greensboro at night with fireworks in the sky

12 Fun Fourth Festival

July 3-4; GreensboroSee on mapSee on map

Note: The 2020 festival has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Friday is an all-day event complete with a block party and fireworks finale. The party keeps going the morning of the Fourth with a Freedom 5K, 10K and a Firecracker Mile, plus a street festival with dozens of food vendors.

Admission: free; a registration fee for Freedom Run

13 Fourth of July Celebration

Fireworks bursting over U.S. National Whitewater Center at night
photo: U.S. National Whitewater Center

13 Fourth of July Celebration

July 3-4; U.S. National Whitewater Center, CharlotteSee on mapSee on map

Note: The 2020 event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

It’s a two-day celebration at the world’s largest manmade whitewater river, complete with outdoor adventure, live music from multiple bands, food and local craft beer, and firework displays both nights.

Admission: free; parking, $6

14 Celebrate America Fireworks Show

14 Celebrate America Fireworks Show

July 3-4, 9:30 p.m.; Carowinds, CharlotteSee on mapSee on map

After spending the day riding roller coasters at this amusement park, stick around for its biggest fireworks show of the season.

Admission: $45 and up (park general admission all day)

15 SkyShow Charlotte

People sitting by home plate on baseball field watching fireworks in sky above Uptown Charlotte
photo: Skyshow Charlotte

15 SkyShow Charlotte

July 4, 9:30 p.m.; BB&T Ballpark, CharlotteSee on mapSee on map

Note: The 2020 event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

The festivities will begin in the afternoon with the SkyShow Street Party, featuring activities for kids, games, prize giveaways, live music, and food trucks and drinks. And in the evening, the Charlotte Knights will host the Norfolk Tides. The night will conclude with fireworks lighting up the Uptown Charlotte skyline.

Admission: street party, free; baseball game, $12-$25

16 July 4th Celebration and Fireworks

16 July 4th Celebration and Fireworks

July 4, Southern Village, Chapel HillSee on mapSee on map

Note: The 2020 event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Ranked by Travel + Leisure as one of “America’s Top Ten Best Towns for a July Fourth Celebration,” Chapel Hill carries on the tradition year after year. Locals and visitors will enjoy live music, games, face-painting, food, a watermelon-eating contest, fireworks and more.

Admission: $1 per person or $5 per family

17 Fort Bragg’s 4th of July Celebration

17 Fort Bragg’s 4th of July Celebration

July 4, Main Post Parade Field, Fort BraggSee on mapSee on map

Celebrate with the men and women of the Armed Forces, featuring live concerts, parachute free-fall demonstrations, a patriotic flag ceremony, kids’ activities and fireworks.

Admission: free

18 Fourth of July Parade, Pie-Eating Contest and Fireworks

18 Fourth of July Parade, Pie-Eating Contest and Fireworks

July 4; Downtown Mount AirySee on mapSee on map

Note: Due to COVID-19, the 2020 event is just the reading of the Declaration of Independence and fireworks.

The day begins with a reading of the Declaration of Independence, followed by a parade and plenty of fun activities such as a dunking booth and pie-eating contest. Live music takes place at Veterans Memorial Park.

Admission: free

19 Liberty’s July Celebration

19 Liberty’s July Celebration

July 11; LibertySee on mapSee on map

This annual street festival will feature arts and crafts vendors, food, live music, amusement rides for kids, and will culminate with a fireworks display.

Admission: free

Coast

20 Summer Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast

People sitting on beach by the ocean watching fireworks in the sky

20 Summer Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast

Dates vary between May 22-Sept. 4; Carolina Beach Boardwalk and Gazebo, Carolina BeachSee on mapSee on map

Note: These events have been canceled due to COVID-19.

Get an early and festive start to the weekend on Pleasure Island at Carolina Beach. There's live music by a different band each Thursday beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. The best place to view the fireworks is on the beach strand in front of the boardwalk.

Admission: free

21 North Carolina 4th of July Festival

21 North Carolina 4th of July Festival

SouthportSee on mapSee on map

Note: The 2020 festival has been canceled due to COVID-19.

For more than 220 years, Southport has celebrated the nation's Independence Day in a big way, and its festival is North Carolina’s official celebration. Events will span several days, featuring picnics, arts and crafts in the park, a car show, parade, fireworks, firemen’s competition, children’s games, live entertainment, food and more. The finale, which will be the largest of the planned events, takes place July 4 at the Southport Waterfront.

Admission: free

22 Surf City Independence Day Celebration

22 Surf City Independence Day Celebration

July 3; Soundside Park, Surf CitySee on mapSee on map

Note: The 2020 event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Enjoy live music, food from vendors, children’s activities, fireworks and more. Bring a chair or blanket and grab a spot in the park.

Admission: free

23 Independence Day Fireworks by the Sea

23 Independence Day Fireworks by the Sea

July 3; Carolina Beach Boardwalk and Gazebo, Carolina BeachSee on mapSee on map

Note: The 2020 event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Celebrate Independence Day the evening before with live music, followed by fireworks after sunset. Arrive early to grab a spot at the gazebo or on the beach.

Admission: free

24 28th Annual Independence Day Celebration

24 28th Annual Independence Day Celebration

July 3; Historic Corolla Park, CorollaSee on mapSee on map

Note: The 2020 event has been canceled due to COVID-19, but a live stream to watch the fireworks display will be available.

Celebrate America's independence with live music and a fireworks show on the northern Outer Banks. The event will also feature food vendors, a cornhole tournament, watermelon-eating contest and children’s games.

Admission: free

25 City of Wilmington Fourth of July Celebration

25 City of Wilmington Fourth of July Celebration

July 4; Downtown Wilmington Riverfront ParkSee on mapSee on map

Note: The 2020 event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Experience historic downtown Wilmington while being entertained by live music and enjoying local food vendors. Fireworks will begin at 9:05 p.m., being launched from a barge in the Cape Fear River.

Admission: free

26 4th of July Fireworks off the Pier

26 4th of July Fireworks off the Pier

July 4; Bogue Inlet Pier, Emerald IsleSee on mapSee on map

Note: The 2020 event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Fireworks will illuminate the sky above the pier and will also be visible from Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.

Admission: free

27 Fireworks Over the Outer Banks

27 Fireworks Over the Outer Banks

July 4; Outer BanksSee on mapSee on map

Note: These fireworks shows have been canceled due to COVID-19.

Choose from one of these picturesque locations to watch Fourth of July fireworks shows on the Outer Banks, the site of the English’s first attempted colonization in the New World pre-dating Jamestown by 20 years.
  • Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills.
  • Nags Head Fishing Pier in Nags Head.
  • Fireworks over the sound in Manteo.
  • Avon Pier on Hatteras Island in Avon.
Admission: free

28 Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival

28 Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival

Aug. 7-9; Sneads FerrySee on mapSee on map

Note: The 2020 festival has been canceled due to COVID-19.

This annual three-day festival will feature live music, a Shrimparoo shrimp dinner, food, arts and crafts, rides, games and more. Plus, the second night caps off with fireworks.

Admission: adults, $6; children, ages 3-12, $3; under 3, free

Baseball and Fireworks

Fans enjoy the fireworks show after Friday night Charlotte Knights games | photo: Charlottesgotalot.com

North Carolina is home to 11 Minor League Baseball teams, and they all feature fireworks shows after one of their weekend night home games. (Please note there are currently no fireworks shows due to COVID-19.)

Asheville Tourists (Friday nights)
McCormick Field, Asheville

Burlington Royals (Saturday nights)
Burlington Athletic Stadium, Burlington

Carolina Mudcats (Friday nights)
Five County Stadium, Zebulon (near Raleigh)

Charlotte Knights (Friday nights)
BB&T Ballpark, Charlotte

Down East Wood Ducks (Friday nights)
Grainger Stadium, Kinston

Durham Bulls (Friday nights)
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham

Fayetteville Woodpeckers (Friday nights)
Segra Stadium, Fayetteville

Greensboro Grasshoppers (Friday nights)
First National Bank Field, Greensboro

Hickory Crawdads (Friday nights)
L.P. Frans Stadium, Hickory

Kannapolis Cannon Ballers (Saturday nights)
New stadium coming in 2020, Kannapolis

Winston-Salem Dash (Friday nights)
BB&T Ballpark, Winston-Salem

Updated May 12, 2020
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