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 60+ local artisans and crafters with only handmade items, festival foods, and fun events including the Kids Zone where you'll find a multiple bouncy houses, a watermelon contest, refreshments & more, and an evening of incredible, local entertainment.

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

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

2018 events. Check back for 2019

Rotary International Firecracker 5K Run
Swain County Administration Building (Mitchell St.)
Sign up & learn more
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
1:00 pm: Watermelon Eating Contest
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Kidz Zone multiple bounce houses, refreshments. $5 wrist band for all-day play.

Bridge Stage on Everett Street
4:00 pm: Somebody's Child - Americana
6:00 pm: Colby Deitz Band - Rock 'n Roll
8:00 pm: Mountain Faith - Americana / Roots Band, 2015 semifinalist on America's Got Talent, 2015 Momentum Vocalist of the Year by IBMA
9:55 pm: Singing of the National Anthem
10:00 pm: Best Fireworks Show in the Smokies!