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 Independence Day Celebrations

July 2-5, 2021

 

Lake Junaluska’s annual Independence Day Celebration features music, barbecue and fun — from a Balsam Range concert to fireworks to floating wish lanterns. We invite you to check out the holiday weekend of schedule of events for family-friendly activities enjoy and soak up summer with time at our lakeside swimming pool, a round of golf or mini golf, a cruise on the Cherokee IV pontoon boat, a barbecue buffet or a canoe, kayak or paddleboard rental

Independence Day packages for couples and families bundle lodging, special meals and more for the festivities. Click here to book your trip

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Independence Day Package

July 2-5, 2021

Package for Two People Includes:

  • Lodging at The Terrace Hotel
  • Daily hot breakfast buffet
  • BBQ lunch on the Fourth of July
  • Lake Junaluska Cherokee IV guided pontoon boat cruise
  • Self-guided kayak, canoe or paddleboard excursion

Independence Day Celebration Packages can be booked for July 2-5 and start at $450 for three nights.

Call 800-222-4930 to book your package!

Ask us about adding children and additional guests to your package.

 

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Schedule of Events

Friday, July 2

8:30 a.m. - Morning Devotion by the lake at Harrell Center Porch
9 a.m. - Shuffleboard Shuffle Play at the Lake Junaluska Shuffleboard Courts
7 p.m. - Clogging Performance outdoors at the Lakeside White Tent featuring the J Creek Cloggers
8:45 p.m. - Floating Wish Lanterns on the Lake. To have a loved one's name placed on a lantern, you may make a donation of $35 per lantern. Click here to make a Floating Wish Lanterns gift.

Recreation, Shopping & Dining
8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Coffee bar closes at 4:30 p.m.)- Junaluska Gifts & Grounds
7 a.m.-7 p.m. - Lake Junaluska Golf Course 
10 a.m.-8 p.m. - Lake Junaluska Outfitters hours for pool passes and kayak, canoe & paddleboard rentals 
1-8 p.m. - Cherokee IV Boat Tours. Private tours available. 
2-5 p.m. Lake Junaluska Library
Christmas Memories shop at Lambuth InnWalking Trail, PlaygroundPlaces of Meditation & Gardens, Fishing and Birding

Saturday, July 3

8:30 a.m. - Morning Devotion by the lake at Harrell Center Porch
7 a.m.-7 p.m. - Closest to the Pin Golf Competition at the Lake Junaluska Golf Course
9 a.m.-11 a.m. - Lake Junaluska Firecracker Fast Four Tennis - Register to Enter
11 a.m. - Decorated Kayak/Canoe/Paddleboard Flotilla Contest at the Colonnade - Register to Enter
11 a.m. - Porch Decorating Contest - Register to Enter
5 p.m. - Storytime for Kids at the Colonnade
7:30 p.m. - Balsam Range - Concert at Stuart Auditorium

Recreation, Shopping & Dining
8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Coffee bar closes at 4:30 p.m.) - Junaluska Gifts & Grounds
7 a.m.-7 p.m. - Lake Junaluska Golf Course 
10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Boat rentals open at 9 a.m.) - Lake Junaluska Outfitters hours for pool passes and kayak, canoe & paddleboard rentals
1-8 p.m. - Cherokee IV Boat Tours. Private tours available. 
2-5 p.m. Lake Junaluska Library
Christmas Memories shop at Lambuth InnWalking Trail, PlaygroundPlaces of Meditation & Gardens, Fishing and Birding

Sunday, July 4

9 a.m. - Summer Worship Service at the Lakeside White Tent with the Rev. Dr. Sharon Austin
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Memorial Chapel open for prayer 
12-8 p.m. Barbecue Buffet at Lakeside Bistro
3 p.m. - Reading of the Declaration of Independence by Ashley Calhoun at the Shackford Hall Porch
8 p.m. - Blue Ridge Big Band at the Lakeside White Tent
9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

Recreation, Shopping & Dining
10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Coffee bar closes at 8 p.m.)- Junaluska Gifts & Grounds
10 a.m.-7 p.m. - Lake Junaluska Golf Course
10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Boat rentals open at 9 a.m.) - Lake Junaluska Outfitters hours for pool passes and kayak, canoe & paddleboard rentals 
1-8 p.m. - Cherokee IV Boat Tours. Private tours available.
2-5 p.m. Lake Junaluska Library
Christmas Memories shop at Lambuth InnWalking Trail, PlaygroundPlaces of Meditation & Gardens, Fishing and Birding

 

Please note:  The July 4 parade was not scheduled for 2021 due to uncertainty around gathering restrictions because of the global pandemic.  At the time of planning, large outdoor gatherings were still not able to take place.  We will miss hosting the July 4 parade this year, but look forward to hosting a parade in 2022!

Floating Wish Lanterns

Friday, July 2
8:45 p.m.

Join us on the lakeside to watch an enchanting display of floating wish lanterns set out along the water in honor and in memory of loved ones. Online giving for this event concluded June 30. Thank you to all who made a gift to have a name placed on a lantern. Your gifts support the mission and ministry of Lake Junaluska. Please note that the lanterns are are biodegradable and will be gathered from the lake after the event as soon as conditions allow. 

Click here to download a full list of names of those who were honored and memorialized, along with the names of those who gave (.PDF)

Balsam Range

Balsam Range Concert

Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. 
Doors open at 6 p.m.


Internationally acclaimed bluegrass group Balsam Range performs at Lake Junaluska's Stuart Auditorium on Saturday, July 3, 2021, as part of an Independence Day Celebrations weekend! Tickets are general admission and are $23, not including tax and fees, and can be purchased online or by calling 800-965-9324.

A bluegrass and acoustic music group founded in 2007 in Haywood County, N.C., Balsam Range is one of the genre's most award-winning acts. The group has garnered more than 13 International Bluegrass Music Association awards including "Entertainer of the Year" in 2014 and in 2018. 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.

 

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Barbecue Buffet

Sunday, July 4, 2021 from 12-8 p.m.

Join us for a special barbecue buffet Sunday, July 4, from 12-8 p.m. at the Lakeside Bistro, located on the third floor of The Terrace Hotel. The buffet will feature pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans, salad bar, corn on the cob, green beans, mac & cheese, brioche buns, pasta salad, and assorted desserts including fresh fruit and fruit cobbler. Iced tea, lemonade and water included.

Dine-in with us or walk through the line and make a to-go plate. The cost of the meal is $18/adult and $7/child 12 and younger.