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, and a Hula Hoop-off. Explore Kids' Street where you'll find a bouncy house & more. From 6-9 pm there will be more music and kids games at Riverfront Park.

Gold Award for "Best Fourth of July Destination." Voted by the readers of Blue Ridge Country Magazine, 2013.

July 4, 2015 Event Schedule. Check back for 2016 info.

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".

Where else can you find "Elvis" as your emcee as well as performing some of his favorite songs?

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 email.


Freedom Fest Schedule of Events

July 4, 2015 Event Schedule. Check back for 2016 info.

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

Riverfront Park on Mitchell Street
10:30 am: "Strut Your Mutt" Pet Show / Contest
6:00 pm - dark: LoveBryson & The Grove Church bring you live music from Through The Hills and The Freeway Revival, free hot dogs and drinks, giant inflatables for the kids

Kids' Street at the Depot
10 am - 6 pm: bouncy house and more fun activities.

Bridge Stage on Everett Street
10:00 am: Opening Ceremony with VFW Post 9281
10:30 am: Boogertown Gap
12:00 pm: The Katts
1:30 pm: Productive Paranoia
3:00 pm: Hula Hoop-Off
4:00 pm: Watermelon Eating Contest
5:00 pm: Somebody's Child
7:00 pm: Elvis
8:00 pm: Porch 40
9:55 pm: Star Spangled Banner
10:00 pm: Fireworks Show