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.
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.
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!
Ask us about adding children and additional guests to your package.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Garden Tour (Click here for guide)
Scavenger Photo Hunt (Click here for guide)
Independence Day Photo Shoot - Kern Center Porch (Lakeside)