Bryson City, North Carolina's Hometown Fourth of July Celebration

Come join us for an old-fashioned street festival in charming downtown Bryson City.

Our annual Fourth of July celebration begins with the Rotary Club Firecracker 5K and then continues with local artisans and crafters, a full day of local entertainment, festival foods, and fun events including a Watermelon Eating Contest, a Hula Hoop-off, and a Sack Race. Explore Kids Street where you'll find a bouncy house & more. And - new in 2017 - an Ultimate 5-Station Bungee Trampoline!

Chosen one of 9 small towns that go all out for the Fourth of July!
USA Today, 2016.

Even Fido is not forgotten – enter your best friend in the "Strut Your Mutt" event at Riverfront Park that awards ribbons for categories such as "Best Tail Wag" and "Looks Most Like Owner".

Enjoy a paddleboard or kayak rental from Bryson City Outdoors and float on the Tuckasegee River that flows through town.

As the day wanes and the final band exits the stage, listen to The Star Spangled Banner as you view one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in the Smokies!

For more information about Freedom Fest call 828-488-3681 or toll-free 800-867-9246, or by email

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Freedom Fest Schedule of Events

July 4, 2017 Event Schedule
Check back for 2018 events

Rotary International Firecracker 5K Run
Swain County Administration Building (Mitchell St.)
6:30 - 7:30 am:
Walk-up registration
8:00 am: Race begins

Riverfront Park on Mitchell Street
10:30 am: "Strut Your Mutt" Pet Show / Contest
1 pm - 6 pm: Kidz Zone bounce house & slide for small children, obstacle course & slide for older kids. $5 wrist band for all-day play.
2:00 pm: Hula Hoop-Off
4:00 pm: Watermelon Eating Contest
5:00 pm: Sack Race

Everett Street
1 - 6 pm: Ultimate 5-station Bungee Trampoline. Get launched up to 25 feet in the air, try a front flip or the back flip - just have fun bustin' some moves! $5 per session.

Bridge Stage on Everett Street
10:00 am: Opening Ceremony with VFW Post 9281
10:30 am: Ian Ridenhour, indie rock
12:30 pm: BEAU + LUCI, folk rock
2:30 pm: Andalyn Lewis, country /Americana / rock
4:30 pm: Colby Deitz Band, folk rock / Americana
6:00 pm: Elvis (Chris Monteith), rock and roll
7:00 pm: Kick the Robot, rock
9:55 pm: Kathryn Brown sings the National Anthem
10:00 pm: Best Fireworks Show in the Smokies!