See Fireworks Across North Carolina Skies This Summer

Buren Foster, Charlotte KnightsSee Fireworks Across North Carolina Skies This Summer

Uptown Charlotte lights up during SkyShow on July 4 and after Charlotte Knights' Friday home games all season

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 2017 fireworks shows, and because the fourth falls on a Tuesday this year, there are several multiday / long-weekend celebrations (here's help with your weekend travel plans). Plus, there are opportunities for you to enjoy fireworks throughout summer, beyond Independence Day.


Asheville and the Foothills

Fireworks Friday Night
June 30, 6:45 p.m.; Town of Valdese
It’s a special edition of the Family Friday Nights Concert Series, with Jim Quick & Coastline performing beach and dance music, followed by one of the most popular annual fireworks displays in the area. Admission: free.

Ingles Independence Day Celebration
July 4, 2-10 p.m.; Pack Square Park, Asheville
Venture to downtown Asheville for a day 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.

High Country

31st Annual Christmas in July Festival
June 30 - July 1; downtown West Jefferson
The two-day celebration takes over this small town in the High Country, offering fun for the whole family. There will be live bands performing country and bluegrass music, roving street performers, children’s activities, Civil War re-enactments 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.

Mile High Fourth of July
June 30 - July 4; Banner Elk and Beech Mountain
For the second 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 48th Annual Roasting of the Hog on July 1, and Banner Elk's Fourth of July Parade and Party in the Park on July 4.

Mile High Fourth of July fireworks

Todd Bush

Watch Beech Mountain light up with fireworks

Independence Day Festival and Parade
July 1-2; Memorial Park and Blowing Rock Country Club, Blowing Rock
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 and dance. Admission: free.

Fireworks at Tweetsie
July 4; Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock
Enjoy spectacular fireworks in the High Country. There’ll be an optional dinner and premium fireworks viewing in the Hacienda with a special buffet ($15-$20). Admission: $10 per car.

Symphony by the Lake at Chetola
July 28; Chetola Resort, Blowing Rock
It’s the signature summertime event of the Symphony of the Mountains, and this year’s theme is “Oh the Places You'll Go.” A fireworks show will wrap up the night. Admission: $15-$50.

Smoky Mountains

Independence Day Weekend at Lake Junaluska
July 2-5; Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska
It's a family-friendly weekend 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.

Independence Day Celebration at Fontana
July 3-4; Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam
Locals, visitors and guests of the resort will enjoy two days of patriotic fun. There will be field and water games, a hometown parade, boating, barbecue cookouts, live entertainment and more. And when night falls, fireworks will fill the sky above the Village Green.

Freedom Fest and Fireworks
July 4, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; downtown Bryson City
The old-fashioned street festival begins with a dedication by the local VFW Post and continues with great music throughout the day. There will also be arts and crafts, a children's activities area, the P.A.W.S. dog show, watermelon-eating contest and more. The concert headliner performs at 8 p.m., followed by a fireworks show at 10 p.m.


Charlotte Area

Symphony in the Park & Fireworks
June 24, 6-10 p.m.; Bailey Road Park, Cornelius
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, and you can bring your own coolers, food and drinks. Plus, there will be a kids' play area. Fireworks will begin immediately following the symphony’s performance. Admission: free.

Fourth of July Celebration
July 3-4; U.S. National Whitewater Center, Charlotte
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, cornhole tournaments and firework displays both nights. Admission: free; parking fee applies; VIP admission available.

Fireworks at U.S. National Whitewater Center

U.S. National Whitewater Center

A fireworks show concludes both nights of festivities at the U.S. National Whitewater Center

Celebrate America Fireworks Show
July 4, 10 p.m.; Carowinds, Charlotte
After spending the day riding roller coasters at this amusement park, stick around for its biggest fireworks show of the season.

SkyShow Charlotte
July 4, 2 p.m.; BB&T Ballpark, Charlotte
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, Team USA will play Team Cuba in a baseball matchup. The night will conclude with fireworks lighting up the Uptown Charlotte skyline. Admission: street party, free; game: $11-$55.

Greensboro, Winston-Salem and the Triad

Sky Scream Fireworks Show and Block Party
July 1 and 4; Wet'n Wild Emerald Pointe, Greensboro
The award-winning fireworks show takes place on two nights, with a pre-show party for season pass holders featuring a DJ, contests, prizes and complimentary soft drinks. The fireworks show is open to general admission and begins at 9 p.m.

Fun Fourth Festival
July 3-4; Greensboro
The festival, now in its 43rd year, begins with a block party Friday evening, featuring live music, food, drinks and “dancing in the street.” Saturday is an all-day celebration, beginning with a parade and street festival, followed by a pops concert in the evening and a fireworks finale. Admission: Friday, $5; Saturday, free.

Fun Fourth Festival in Greensboro

Lynn Donovan Photography

Fireworks cap off the Fun Fourth Festival weekend in Greensboro

Fourth of July Parade, Pie-Eating Contest and Fireworks
July 4; downtown Mount Airy
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. Admission: free.

Ole-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2-11 p.m.; Morehead High School Panthers Stadium, Eden
Celebrate the Fourth with food and fun, live bands will perform throughout the day, and the night concludes with fireworks. Admission: free.

Liberty’s July Celebration
July 8, 3-10 p.m.; Liberty
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.

Pinehurst and Sandhills

Annual Lumbee Homecoming
June 23 - July 8, Pembroke
Events span two weeks, recognizing the heritage of the Lumbee people in Robeson County. Events and 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 8 at 9 p.m.

Fort Bragg’s 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 3-10 p.m.; Main Post Parade Field, Fort Bragg
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.

Fourth Fest: Fireworks and Concert
July 4; Village of Pinehurst, Pinehurst
After a morning parade and afternoon events, the Fourth of July fun continues in the evening with a concert and fireworks celebration at the Pinehurst Harness Track. Children’s activities will include pony rides, hayrides, bounce houses and more. Admission: free.

Raleigh, Durham and the Triangle

Independence Day Weekend Celebration on the Lake
July 1, 6:30-10 p.m.; Satterwhite Point at Kerr Lake, Henderson
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; $6 parking fee.

Kerr Lake Independence Day weekend fireworks

Fireworks illuminate the sky over Kerr Lake in Henderson

The ’Works
July 4, noon-11 p.m.; downtown Raleigh
Join in on the Independence Day celebration during the day with live music, beer and wine, street performers, eating contests, food and art vendors, kids rides and games, a picnic on Fayetteville Street and more. Fireworks will light up the sky over the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts starting at 9:30 p.m. Admission: free.

July 4th Celebration and Fireworks
July 4, 7 p.m.; Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill
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.


Brunswick Islands

North Carolina 4th of July Festival
June 25 - July 4; Southport
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 two weekends, 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.

Crystal Coast

4th of July Fireworks Off the Pier
July 4, 9 p.m.; Bogue Inlet Pier, Emerald Isle
Fireworks will illuminate the sky above the pier, and will also be visible from Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Admission: free.

Outer Banks

25th Annual Independence Day Celebration
July 4, noon-9 p.m.; Historic Corolla Park, Corolla
Celebrate America's independence with live music by the Tidewater Drive Band 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.

Fireworks Over the Outer Banks
July 4
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. Admission: free.

  • 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.

Topsail Area

Surf City Independence Day Celebration
July 3, 6-9 p.m.; Soundside Park, Surf City
Enjoy live music, food, children's activities, fireworks and more. Admission: free.

2017 Base Fest
July 4, 3:30 p.m.; W.P.T. Hill Field, Camp Lejeune
Camp Lejeune's annual Fourth of July celebration is now part of the Base Fest music festival tour. Lifehouse and Brett Young will headline the concert, with opening acts Chord Overstreet, Muddy Magnolias and Temecula Road. Members of the U.S. Marines, their families and the general public will enjoy a patriotic-themed event. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Admission: free.

July 4th Freedom Festival
July 4, 3-10 p.m.; Onslow Pines Park, Jacksonville
This festival offers games, food, rides, face-painting, musical entertainment including headliner The Embers, and culminates with a patriotic fireworks display. Admission: free.

Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival
Aug. 12-13; Sneads Ferry
This annual two-day festival will feature live music, a Shrimparoo shrimp dinner, food, arts and crafts, rides, games and more. Plus, the first night caps off with fireworks. Admission: adults, $5; children, ages 6-12, $2, under 6, free.

Wilmington Area

Summer Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast
Thursdays, June 1 - Sept. 1; Carolina Beach Boardwalk and Gazebo, Carolina Beach
Get an early and festive start to the weekend each Thursday night here on the beach. Live music begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission: free.

Pre-Independence Day Fireworks
July 3, 6:30 p.m.; Carolina Beach Boardwalk and Gazebo, Carolina Beach
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.

City of Wilmington Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 6-10 p.m.; downtown Wilmington
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.

Baseball and Fireworks

Durham Bulls Athletic Park night game

Durham Bulls Athletic Park has an historic look with modern touches such as video displays, bars and picnic areas

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:

Asheville Tourists
McCormick Field, Asheville

Carolina Mudcats
Five County Stadium, Zebulon (near Raleigh)

Charlotte Knights
BB&T Ballpark, Charlotte

Durham Bulls
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham

Greensboro Grasshoppers
NewBridge Bank Park, Greensboro

Hickory Crawdads
L.P. Frans Stadium, Hickory

Winston-Salem Dash
BB&T Ballpark, Winston-Salem

Whether you're looking for activities for an evening out or a getaway, find more fireworks shows taking place this summer in North Carolina.


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