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 and sound, in the skies above our mountains, cityscapes and beaches.
You’ll find many Fourth of July 2018 fireworks shows, including several multiday celebrations. Plus, there are lots of opportunities to enjoy fireworks throughout summer, beyond Independence Day. Events below are organized by region of the state.
1 Fireworks Friday Night
1 Fireworks Friday NightJune 29; Town of ValdeseSee on map
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.
2 Mile High Fourth of July
2 Mile High Fourth of JulyJune 29 - July 4; Beech Mountain and Banner ElkSee on map
For the third year in a row, two resort towns, located high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, are combining forces to celebrate our nation's independence. The centerpieces of this long weekend are Beech Mountain's fireworks and 47th Annual Roasting of the Hog on June 30, and Banner Elk's Fourth of July Parade and Party in the Park on July 4.
Admission: cost varies; some events are free
3 Independence Day Celebration at Fontana
3 Independence Day Celebration at FontanaJuly 3-4; Fontana Village Resort and Marina, Fontana DamSee on map
Locals, visitors and guests of the resort will enjoy two days of patriotic fun, including a hometown parade, boating, barbecue cookouts, live entertainment and more. And when night falls, fireworks will fill the sky above the Village Green.
4 Independence Day Weekend at Lake Junaluska
4 Independence Day Weekend at Lake JunaluskaJuly 1-5; Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat CenterSee on map
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.
5 Ingles Independence Day Celebration
5 Ingles Independence Day CelebrationJuly 4, 2-10 p.m.; Pack Square Park, AshevilleSee on map
Venture to downtown Asheville for a day and night filled with activities for the family. Highlights include competitions by the Ultimate Air Dogs, children’s activities, the Splashville Fountain, a fireworks extravaganza and more.
Admission: free; $3 for children's activities
6 Freedom Fest and Fireworks
6 Freedom Fest and FireworksJuly 4; downtown Bryson CitySee on map
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.
7 Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie
8 32nd Annual Christmas in July Festival
8 32nd Annual Christmas in July FestivalJuly 6-7; West JeffersonSee on map
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.
9 Independence Day Festival and Parade
9 Independence Day Festival and ParadeJuly 6-8; Blowing Rock; Memorial Park and Blowing Rock Country ClubSee on map
Saturday offers music and games in the parks for kids and adults, and an afternoon parade. At dark, the fireworks show begins and can be viewed from the Blowing Rock Country Club grounds, which will be open to the public for the event. Sunday features live music.
10 Symphony by the Lake at Chetola
11 Annual Lumbee Homecoming
11 Annual Lumbee HomecomingJune 22 - July 8, PembrokeSee on map
Events span two weeks, 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 7 at 9 p.m.
Admission: cost varies; some events are free
12 Symphony in the Park & Fireworks
12 Symphony in the Park & FireworksJune 23; Bailey Road Park, CorneliusSee on map
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.
13 Independence Day Weekend Celebration on the Lake
14 Fourthfest: Fireworks and Concert
15 Fun Fourth Festival
15 Fun Fourth FestivalJuly 3-4; GreensboroSee on map
The celebration begins Tuesday evening with a Freedom Run 5K and 10K, followed by a block party featuring live music, food, drinks and “dancing in the street.” Wednesday is an all-day event, beginning with a parade and street festival, then a pops concert in the evening and a fireworks finale.
Admission: free; a registration fee for Freedom Run
16 Sky Scream Fireworks Show and Block Party
16 Sky Scream Fireworks Show and Block PartyJuly 4; Wet'n Wild Emerald Pointe, GreensboroSee on map
The award-winning fireworks show takes place after an all-day block party featuring DJs, contests and prizes. The fireworks show is open to general admission and begins at 9 p.m.
Admission: $31-$40 (park general admission all day)
17 Fourth of July Celebration
17 Fourth of July CelebrationJuly 3-4; U.S. National Whitewater Center, CharlotteSee on map
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; VIP admission, $45 (includes dinner); parking, $5
18 Celebrate America Fireworks Show
19 SkyShow Charlotte
19 SkyShow CharlotteJuly 4, 9:30 p.m.; BB&T Ballpark, CharlotteSee on map
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 Durham Bulls. The night will conclude with fireworks lighting up the Uptown Charlotte skyline.
Admission: street party, free; baseball game, $12-$25
20 The ’Works! July 4th
20 The ’Works! July 4thJuly 4, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, RaleighSee on map
Returning to the fairgrounds after six years, the annual fireworks show will launch from the Varsity Lot at North Carolina State University, adjacent to PNC Arena, Carter-Finley Stadium and the fairgrounds. PNC Arena will open gates for visitors at 6 p.m.; fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.
21 July 4th Celebration and Fireworks
21 July 4th Celebration and FireworksJuly 4, Keenan Stadium, Chapel HillSee on map
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
22 Fort Bragg’s 4th of July Celebration
22 Fort Bragg’s 4th of July CelebrationJuly 4, Main Post Parade Field, Fort BraggSee 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.
23 Fourth of July Parade, Pie-Eating Contest and Fireworks
23 Fourth of July Parade, Pie-Eating Contest and FireworksJuly 4; Downtown Mount AirySee on map
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, and the evening concludes with a fireworks show.
25 Summer Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast
25 Summer Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk BlastThursdays, May 31 - Aug 31; Carolina Beach Boardwalk and Gazebo, Carolina BeachSee on map
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.
26 North Carolina 4th of July Festival
26 North Carolina 4th of July FestivalJune 30 - July 4; SouthportSee on map
For more than 200 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.
27 Surf City Independence Day Celebration
28 Pre-Independence Day Fireworks by the Sea
28 Pre-Independence Day Fireworks by the SeaJuly 3; Carolina Beach Boardwalk and Gazebo, Carolina BeachSee on map
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.
29 City of Wilmington Fourth of July Celebration
29 City of Wilmington Fourth of July CelebrationJuly 4; Downtown Wilmington Riverfront ParkSee on map
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.
30 4th of July Fireworks off the Pier
31 26th Annual Independence Day Celebration
31 26th Annual Independence Day CelebrationJuly 4; Historic Corolla Park, CorollaSee on map
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.
32 Fireworks Over the Outer Banks
32 Fireworks Over the Outer BanksJuly 4; Outer BanksSee on map
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.
- Roanoke Sound and Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.
- Avon Pier on Hatteras Island in Avon.
33 Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival
33 Sneads Ferry Shrimp FestivalAug. 10-12; Sneads FerrySee on map
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
North Carolina is home to several minor league baseball teams, and many of them feature fireworks shows at the end of Friday night home games. Plan a visit to any of these ballparks as part of your summer experience:
McCormick Field, Asheville
Five County Stadium, Zebulon (near Raleigh)
BB&T Ballpark, Charlotte
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham
NewBridge Bank Park, Greensboro
L.P. Frans Stadium, Hickory
BB&T Ballpark, Winston-Salem