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.

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".

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 .


Freedom Fest Schedule of Events

July 4, 2016 Event Schedule. - Check back for 2017

Rotary International 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
12 pm - 7 pm: "Kids Street" bounce house, obstacle course and - new in 2016 - joust!
$5 wrist band for all-day play.

Bridge Stage on Everett Street
10:00 am: Opening Ceremony with VFW Post 9281
10:30 am: Boogertown Gap, old-time mountain music
12:00 pm: Colby Deitz Band, Appalachian country / Americana
1:30 pm: Hula Hoop-Off
3:00 pm: Watermelon Eating Contest
4:00 pm: Andalyn Lewis, country /America / rock
6:00 pm: Elvis (Chris Monteith), rock and roll
7:00 pm: The Freeway Revival, rock / Americana
8:00 pm: Joe Lasher Jr. new country / Southern rock
9:55 pm: Star Spangled Banner
10:00 pm: Fireworks Show