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Celebrate Independence Day at Lake Junaluska


Lake Junaluska invites everyone to its annual Independence Day Celebrations, featuring concerts, a parade a barbecue picnic and fireworks show.

Bluegrass sensation, Balsam Range, performs on Saturday, July 2 in Stuart Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The Lake Junaluska Singers will take the stage Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4, with a, special July 4 set on Monday evening. Tickets are now on sale for all three concerts.

The parade will occur July 4 at 11 a.m. It will start at Lambuth Inn and end at the Nanci Weldon Gym where the barbecue lunch will take place. This long-time Lake Junaluska tradition represents the spirit of Independence Day. Parade participants will ride or walk alongside decorated vehicles and floats. This year’s parade theme is “Discover America,” which encourages participants to celebrate their favorite places across the U.S. Registration is open for anyone who wants to have a float in the parade; participation is free. To sign up for the parade, contact Liz Boyd:

As the parade ends at Nanci Weldon Gym, everyone is invited to a barbecue lunch with a number of exciting entertainers and activities. Award-winning country, bluegrass and Americana musician Darren Nicholson will play for the crowd, while kids enjoy inflatable bounce houses, face painting and balloon art. The barbecue picnic will include sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, cookies, chips, drink and watermelon. The barbecue lunch is $8 for adults, $5 for kids 6-11 and free for children under 6.

Other special activities include two waterski shows, special worship services and guided boat tours on the Cherokee IV. On Saturday, July 2 family-friendly activities include an Anything That Floats race on the lake, Family Olympics competition and a garden tour. Everyone is invited to these events.

The festivities conclude with a fireworks show at 9:45 p.m. on Monday, July 4. As the fireworks happen, the Lake Junaluska Singers will perform the national anthem from a boat on the lake.

For more information on the Independence Day Celebrations or Lake Junaluska call 800-222-4930 or visit

Get two concerts for the price of one! Buy one general admission July 2 ticket, receive 1 FREE general admission ticket to the July 3 or 4 concert. Purchase $18 general admission tickets by calling 800-222-4930 or stopping by the Bethea Welcome Center. Reserved seating, $22.50 per person, is available online at

The mission of Lake Junaluska is to be a place of Christian Hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, July 2

Garden Tour: 9-3 p.m.
Meet at Nanci Weldon Gym
Advance tickets: Adults $12, Children 6-12 $5,

Anything That Floats Race: 10-11 a.m.
Recreation Center

Family Olympics: 2-4 p.m.
Recreation Center

Balsam Range: 7:30 p.m.
Stuart Auditorium
$23 reserved tickets; $18 general admission

Sunday, July 3

Summer Worship: 10:45 a.m.
Stuart Auditorium

Waterski Shows: 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Best viewed from the Rose Walk

Communion: 6:00 p.m.
Stuart Auditorium

Lake Junaluska Singers Concert 7:30 p.m.
Stuart Auditorium
$23 reserved tickets; $18 general admission

Monday, July 4

Parade: 11 a.m.
Lakeshore Drive

Barbecue Lunch with music and family-friendly activities: 12-2 p.m.
Nancy Weldon Gym
$8 for adults, $5 for kids 6-11 and free for children under 6.

Lake Junaluska Singers Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Stuart Auditorium
$23 reserved tickets; $18 general admission

Fireworks (directly after concert): 9:30 p.m.
Over Lake Junaluska


Mary Bates
Lake Junaluska
PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745