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 Independence Day Celebrations

July 2-5, 2017


Join us at Lake Junaluska for July 4th! Don't miss an incredible weekend of music and fun, which includes three concerts, a parade, special meals, and much more. 

Sponsored in part by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority,

Balsam Range in Concert

July 2, 7:30 p.m.

Balsam Range is a bluegrass and acoustic music group founded in 2007 in Haywood County, N.C. They are the 2014 IBMA "Entertainer of the Year" recipients as well as the 2014 IBMA "Vocal Group of the Year" winners. Balsam Range consists of five members; on fiddle and lead tenor, Buddy Melton; on mandolin and vocals, Darren Nicholson; on stand up bass, dobro and vocals, Tim Surrett; on guitar and vocals, Caleb Smith; and on banjo, Dr. Marc Pruett. They are consistently touring the United States. GET TICKETS NOW!

Laura Story in Concert

July 3, 7:30 p.m.

Laura Story is a contemporary Christian artist who is dedicated to sharing her faith through music. Her album, God of Every Story, has gained recognition through the runaway hit "Blessings", which won a GRAMMY, Billboard Music Award and three Dove awards! Story seeks to write compelling, heart-stirring, emotionally rich songs of worship, praise and honor to Christ through the baring of her soul and being honest about the tough times in life. GET TICKETS NOW!

Lake Junaluska Singers in Concert

July 4, 7:30 p.m.

The Lake Junaluska Singers will return for the 2017 Indepdence Day Celebrations! Led by new interim director, Mary Wannamaker Huff, the ensemble choir will perform a spectacular concert on July 4. GET TICKETS NOW!

3-Night Lodging Packages

July 2-5, 2017


  • 3 nights lodging
  • 3 buffet breakfasts
  • 1 buffet dinner
  • 1 Ribs & Chicken Cookout in VIP tent featuring a performance by Subject 2 Change
  • 1 BBQ Lunch in VIP tent
  • 2 tickets for Balsam Range, Laura Story, and the Lake Junaluska Singers
  • VIP seating for the fireworks
  • Lake Junaluska Independence Day Parade
  • Discount kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes (reservations required)


  • The Terrace (lakeview): Double Occupancy $629
  • The Terrace (northside): Double Occupancy $589
  • Lambuth Inn (west end - front deluxe or king): $520
  • Lambuth Inn (east end): $499

*All rates are based on double occupancy. Taxes apply.

Fourth of July Parade

July 4, 11 a.m.

Individuals, families and businessness' from all over Haywood County come to participate in Lake Junaluska's Fourth of July Parade. It takes place on the morning of July 4 at 11 a.m and wends its way from Lambuth Inn down along North Lakeshore Dr to the Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym. A parade theme will be announced closer to the date and those wishing to participate should fill out the parade registration form (.pdf) and return it to Mitzi Johnson at

Fourth of July Picnic

July 4, 12-2 p.m.

Located at the Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym, the Lake Junaluska Fourth of July BBQ Picnic takes place directly after the parade has finished. The picnic features a delicious BBQ lunch, music and family-friendly activities including face-painting, bounce houses and balloon art. Tickets and pricing for lunch coming soon!

Come One, Come All!

We invite you to join us for all of the events listed above, as well as the following activities:

  • Family Olympics at 2 p.m. on July 3
  • Firworks at 9:30 p.m. on July 4
  • Boat Tour aboard the historic Cherokee IV 
  • Kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals
  • Stop by Junaluska Gifts & Grounds for a refreshing drink or the perfect gift!