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 Independence Day Celebrations

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,

Monday, July 2

Balsam Range plays during the Independence Day Celebrations at Lake Junaluska

Balsam Range in Concert

July 2, 2018 | 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. 

Tuesday, July 3

A garden tour will take place during Lake Junaluska's Independence Day Celebrations.

Lake Junaluska Garden Tour

July 3, 2018 | 9-11 a.m.

Drop-by some of our many gardens where hosts will be available to give you information about plants and other special features. Featured gardens are the Biblical Garden, the Rose Walk, Susannah Wesley Garden, Inspiration Point and the Corneille Bryan Native Garden. Live music will be available at select sites.

Families can compete in the Family Olympics during Lake Junaluska's Independence Day Celebrations

Family Olympics

July 3, 2018 | 2 p.m.

Families are invited to compete for ribbons and medals in zany, good-natured field day activities at the Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym and field.  

The Martins at Lake Junaluska Independence Day Celebrations

The Martins

July 3, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Siblings, Joyce, Jonathan and Judy, collectively known as The Martins, have enjoyed countless radio hits and performances at concert halls, arenas, auditoriums and churches worldwide. The Martins rose to national and international success in the 90s, showcasing their stunning and distinctive harmonies before a vast array of audiences, from legendary singer/songwriter Bill Gaither’s multi-award winning Homecoming Video and Concert Series to the White House to Carnegie Hall. Over the years the trio garnered eight Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association, as well as a prestigious Grammy nomination.

Wednesday, July 4

Independence Day Parade at Lake Junaluska

Fourth of July Parade

July 4, 2018 | 11 a.m.

Individuals, families and businesses 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 winds its way from Lambuth Inn down along North Lakeshore Dr to the Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym. Parade registration will open in May 2018. Check back to learn next year's theme and register your float for the parade! 

The Fourth of July picnic takes place at Lake Junaluska during the Independence Day Celebrations

Fourth of July Picnic

July 4, 2018 | 12-2 p.m.

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

The Lake Junaluska Singers

Lake Junaluska Singers in Concert

July 4, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

The Lake Junaluska Singers are a 16-voice choral ensemble that has been performing at Lake Junaluska for more than 60 years. Their Independence Day performance kicks off their official summers season and will be a spectacular patriotic salute to the USA.

Come one, Come All!

Lake Junaluska Independence Day Celebration

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


Check back soon for 2018 rates and availability.

Enjoy some photos from the 2017 Independence Day Celebration!