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Discover old fashioned fun with Lake Junaluska July 4th Celebration


Discover good ol’ fashioned fun this year at the Independence Day Celebration weekend at Lake Junaluska, July 2-5. The family-friendly festivities will feature the always-popular fireworks, Fourth of July parade, BBQ picnic, live music, outdoor activities, and much more.

This Fourth of July weekend boasts multiple live music events. Back by popular demand, the celebration kicks off at 7:30 PM July 2 with a concert by Balsam Range, a renowned, award winning bluegrass group. The Lake Junaluska Singers, resident vocal ensemble, perform a classic, toe-tappin’ repertoire of patriotic songs- Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. A local favorite, Eddie Rose and the Highway 40 Band, will perform July 4 during the outdoor BBQ lunch with a special performance of the Star Spangled Banner by the Lake Junaluska singers.

Spend quality time with family and friends Friday, July 3 at the lake or pool, play mini golf or tennis, or explore nearby historic Waynesville and beautiful Haywood County. With over 1,200 acres and convenience to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Lake Junaluska offers the perfect home base for discovering the mountains.

Kick off your day of celebrations on Saturday, July 4 by joining the quintessential small-town Fourth of July parade, themed “Home is Where the Heart Is,” from 11 AM to noon. The parade route begins at the Lambuth Inn and runs along Lakeshore Drive. Filled with floats of all shapes and sizes, walkers, pets and generations of families all decked out in red, white and blue, this long-time favorite represents the heart of Lake Junaluska and the spirit Independence Day.

The festivities continue from noon to 2 PM at the Nanci Weldon Gym with a BBQ picnic, bluegrass music by Eddie Rose and the Hwy. 40 Band, and inflatables, balloon artist, and face painter. The Lake Junaluska Singers perform an encore concert at 7:30 PM at historic Stuart Auditorium. And the grand finale—for all of Haywood County—is a stunning fireworks display over the lake around 9:30 PM.

Close out the holiday weekend at 10:45 AM Sunday, July 5, at Lake Junaluska’s Summer Worship Service with guest preacher The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe in historic Stuart Auditorium. Rev. Crowe has been the Chief Executive of the General Board of Church and Society for the United Methodist Church since February of 2014. Prior to this appointment, she was dean of the Chapel and Religious Life at Emory University in Atlanta.

Tickets for the July 4 BBQ are $8 for adults and children 12 and older, $5 for children ages 6 to 11, and free for children under 6.

New this year, get two concerts for the price of one! Buy 1 general admission July 2 ticket, receive 1 FREE general admission ticket to the July 3 or 4 concert! Reserved seating at $22.50 per person is also available online at

To participate in the Independence Day parade, contact Beth Buchanan at

For more information about July 4 activities, lodging, or to purchase tickets, visit or call 800-222-4930.

July 4 activities are sponsored in part by Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, HCTDA (, The Smoky Mountain News, Clark and Leatherwood Inc., Sheppard Insurance, The Mountaineer, and Wells Fargo.

July 4 Schedule of Events
Lake Junaluska, NC

July 2nd:
7:30 pm: Balsam Range concert

July 3rd:
7:30 pm: Lake Junaluska Singers Concert

July 4th:
11am - 2pm: Parade, BBQ Lunch, children's activities
7:30 pm: Lake Junaluska Singers Concert
9:30 pm: FIREWORKS

*Special 2 for 1 General Admission Concert Deal: Buy 1 general admission July 2 ticket , receive 1 FREE general admission ticket to the July 3 or 4 concert!

Reserved seating: $22.50 per concert
General admission seating: $17.50*
Children 18 & under free in General admission seating only.
All concerts are in Stuart Auditorium.

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


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