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Update: Due to COVID-19 health concerns and rising infection rates in North Carolina, Lake Junaluska's fireworks display has been postponed to later in 2020 to a date to be determined, and the annual Independence Day parade, concerts in Stuart Auditorium, and community picnic and square dance will not be held. Instead, Lake Junaluska will host family-friendly activities that allow for social distancing throughout the Fourth of July weekend as part of the Summer Activities Program. Check back soon for more details.

 Independence Day Celebrations

July 3-5, 2020

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Celebrate Independence Day weekend at Lake Junaluska! We are excited to offer a special BBQ picnic lunch to-go, a Fourth of July Closest to the Pin Contest at the Lake Junaluska Golf Course, and a full schedule of family-friendly activities through the Summer Activities Program. We also invite you to soak up summer with time at our lakeside swimming pool, a round of mini golf, a cruise on the Cherokee IV pontoon boat, or a canoe, kayak or paddleboard rental.

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BBQ Lunch To-Go

Friday, July 3, 2020 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Orders accepted through noon Thursday, July 2, 2020

Order a special Fourth of July weekend BBQ lunch to-go from The Terrace. Meals are ordered and pre-paid by calling 828-454-6661 and delivered right to your car at The Terrace front desk main entrance. More details are coming soon!

Independence Day Package

July 3-5, 2020

Package for Two People Includes:

  • 2 nights of lodging at The Terrace 
  • Continental breakfasts (2)
  • BBQ lunch on the Fourth of July
  • Lake Junaluska Cherokee IV pontoon boat cruise
  • Self-guided kayak, canoe or paddleboard excursion 

Package Pricing:

  • 2-night package for two people (based on double occupancy) starts at $329

Call 800-222-4930 to book your package!

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


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Independence Day Weekend Activities

July 2 - July 4

Thursday, July 2

Morning Devotions - Harrell Center Porch - 8:30 a.m. - Led by Rev. Roger Dowdy

Canoe and Paddleboard Lessons - The Beach - 10 a.m.  - $5 per person and $10 additional for boat rental, if needed
(Contact Wilson Booth at or 828-454-6727 to register.)

Yoga - Inspiration Point - 10:30 a.m. - Led by Waynesville Yoga ($7.50 per person)

Clogging Lessons - Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym - 7 p.m. - Led by the J. Creek Cloggers ($10 per person; Email‚Äč or call 828-454-6681 to register.)

Bonfire - Shackford Firepit - 8 p.m.

Golf Lessons - Lake Junaluska Golf Course -  10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. ($15 per lesson; Visit the pro shop to register)

Friday, July 3

Morning Devotion - Harrell Center Porch - 8:30 a.m. 

Round Robin Tennis Tournament - 9 a.m. (Click here to register online or download registration form.)

Kayak Race - The Beach - 10 a.m. - $10 for boat rental, if needed (Register)

Tubing Race - The Beach - 10 a.m. - (Register)

Paddleboard Race - The Beach - 10 a.m. - $10 for boat rental, if needed (Register)

Swamped Canoe Race - The Beach - 10 a.m. $10 for boat rental, if needed (Register)

Mountain Hike Led by Rev. George Shepherd - Meet at Bethea Welcome Center - 1-5:30 p.m. (A hike for any level; Email

Ice Cream Social - The Tent by Stuart Auditorium - 2 p.m. ($2 per person)

Storytime for Kids - The Colonnade - 5 p.m. - Read by Mike Huber

Bonfire - Shackford Firepit - 8 p.m. 

Outdoor Movie on the Lawn - Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym - 9 p.m. 

Saturday, July 4

Morning Devotion - Harrell Center Porch - 8:30 a.m. - Led by Rev. Bill Gattis 

Closest to the Pin Contest - Lake Junaluska Golf Course - All Day

Decorated Kayak/Canoe/Paddleboard Flotilla Contest - The Colonnade - 10 a.m. (Click here to sign-up)

Porch Decorating Contest - 11 a.m. (Click here to sign-up)

Prayer Vigil - Memorial Chapel - 12-7 p.m. 

Corn Hole Tournament - Recreation Field - 2 p.m. 

Family Games - Recreation Field - 2 p.m. 

Reading of the Declaration of Independence - Shackford Hall Porch - 3 p.m.

Lake Junaluska Singers Independence Day Concert - Online - 7:15 p.m. (To watch click here

Floating Wish Lanterns Display - Lake Junaluska - 8:45 p.m. 

 UPDATE: We are excited to share that all 200 floating lanterns have been dedicated in a loved one’s honor or memory. Thanks to all who made a charitable gift in support of the floating wish lanterns. The giving option for “July 4 Wish Lanterns” is no longer available due to all 200 places being filled.

 For more information contact Tammy McDowell at or call 828-454-6681

Self-Guided Tours

Garden Tour (Click here for guide)

Bird Tour (Click here for guide; click here for checklist)

Scavenger Photo Hunt (Click here for guide)

Independence Day Photo Shoot - Kern Center Porch (Lakeside)


Contact Tammy McDowell;; or 828-454-6681 for any questions.


Call 800-222-4930 to book!