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 Independence Day Celebrations

July 3-7, 2019


Join us at Lake Junaluska for July 4th! Don't miss an incredible weekend of music and fun, which includes two concerts, a circus performance, a parade, special meals and much more. 

Sponsored in part by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, Plan Your Trip.

Independence Day Celebrations Package Includes:


  • 4 nights lodging
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 2 Buffet dinners on Thursday and Friday night in the dining room of your hotel
  • Barbecue lunch on Independence Day in the special VIP tent after the parade
  • Rib & Chicken dinner Saturday in the special VIP tent
  • Blue Ridge Big Band performance on Wednesday night
  • Lake Junaluska Singers concert tickets Thursday with reserved seating
  • Imagine Circus tickets Friday with reserved seating
  • Balsam Range concert tickets Saturday with reserved seating
  • Special seating at the fireworks show Thursday night beside Stuart Auditorium
  • Independence Day Parade
  • Discount kayaks, paddle boards and canoes - reservations are required

Independence Day Celebrations Package Pricing:


The Terrace [Lakeview]

  • $787 for two people based on double occupancy. Taxes apply.

The Terrace [Northside]

  • $758 for two people based on double occupancy. Taxes apply.

Lambuth Inn [West End]

  • $679 for two people based on double occupancy. Taxes apply.

Lambuth Inn [East End]

  • $620 for two people based on double occupancy. Taxes apply 



Performances are happening throughout the week for the Independence Day Celebrations. Learn more and purchase tickets below.

Blue Ridge Big Band at Lake Junaluska's Independence Day Celebrations

Blue Ridge Big Band

Wednesday, July 3 | 7:30-9 p.m.

The Blue Ridge Big Band has promoted fun and the unique sound of big band throughout the Western Carolina area for over twenty years. The band is comprised of professional musicians, music educators, hobbyists, and music majors who enjoy playing in a big band setting. Their program promises to be dynamic and entertaining, with a wide selection of various genres and styles which will appeal to young and old alike. Another quality of Blue Ridge Big Band is that we are accessible to those who attend, and we always look forward to interacting with individuals as well as the audience as a whole! Expect a great time in a relaxed, informal setting, where listening, dancing and singing along are all encouraged.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets do not need to be purchased in advance. 

The Lake Junaluska Singers

Lake Junaluska Singers in Concert

Thursday, July 4 | 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 summer season and will be a spectacular patriotic salute to the USA.

Imagine Circus at Lake Junaluska's Independence Day Celebrations

Imagine Circus

Friday, July 5 | 7:30 p.m.

Let your imagination run wild as Imagine Circus takes the stage during the Independence Day Celebrations at Lake Junaluska. You'll be wowed by aerialists in Stuart Auditorium, jugglers, stilt walkers and more! Plus, Imagine Circus will join the Independence Day Parade on July 4 and do face-painting at the picnic.

Balsam Range plays during the Independence Day Celebrations at Lake Junaluska

Balsam Range in Concert

Saturday, July 6 | 7:30 p.m.

Balsam Range is a bluegrass and acoustic music group founded in 2007 in Haywood County, N.C. They are the 2018 IBMA "Entertainer of the Year" recipients as well as winning the 2018 IBMA "Male Vocalist of the Year" for Buddy Melton and 2018 IBMA "Bass Player of the Year" for Tim Surrett. 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.


Come One, Come All

Additional activities for the whole family to enjoy during the Independence Day Celebrations

Independence Day Parade at Lake Junaluska

Fourth of July Parade

July 4, 2019 | 11 a.m.

Theme: When the Circus Came to Town

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 N. Lakeshore Dr to the Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym. 

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

Fourth of July Picnic

July 4, 2019 | 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. 

Fireworks display at Lake Junaluska's Independence Day Celebrations

Fireworks Display

July 4, 2019  |  Approx. 9:30 p.m.

Join us for a FREE fireworks display over the lake. The community comes out to enjoy this fantastic display of over 800 fireworks shot from the dam and reflected beautifully on the lake. 

Live music during Lake Junaluska's Independence Day Celebration

Live Music at the Lake Junaluska Cross Amphitheater

Friday, July 5 | 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Listen to a variety of live music throughout the day from bluegrass to southern gospel to popular hits and more, as you enjoy views from one of Lake Junaluska's most iconic vistas. A schedule of bands is coming soon!

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

Family Olympics

Saturday, July 6 | 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.  

Lake Junaluska Independence Day Celebration

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

Call 800-222-4930 to book today!

Enjoy some photos from the 2018 Independence Day Celebration!