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Bryson City, North Carolina’s Freedom Fest – Tuesday, July 4, 2023

8:00 am – 10:30 pm

The fun begins at 8 am with the 31st Annual Bryson City Rotary Club Firecracker 5K, leaving from Riverfront Park downtown and traveling through the Deep Creek area and return. Get race details.

At 10 am the Festival opens. Everett Street will be closed for our favorite arts, crafts, food and music festival followed by a super fireworks show at 10 pm. Visit our restaurants, sweet shops or food trucks for dining indoors or on a patio, or at shady picnic tables or pavilions. And you’ll find food vendors with all your holiday favorites – funnel cakes, shave ice, Philly cheese-steak sandwiches, BBQ, kettle corn and more.

Enjoy Elite Action Gaming Mobile GellyBall and Tactical Laser Tag Experience.

Crafts vendors include pottery, wood-working, photography and art, jewelry, stained glass and more. (10 am – 6 pm) And of course our downtown galleries and shops are open for discovering unique crafts and gifts.

dog paw print symbol Leashed dogs are welcome at this event, however please be mindful of the hot pavement, which could be as hot as 120 degrees. Do not leave dogs in your car; and if you are coming for the fireworks make sure your dog is comfortable with loud sounds. Please bring water for your dog.

Live music starts at 6 pm with Jack Marion and The Pearl Snap Prophets (country rock), followed at 8 pm by Kevin Daniels (southern rock and blues). (2022 bands)

At 10 pm, experience the best fireworks show in the Smokies! There are plenty of good viewing locations throughout town. Where to view fireworks.

Band members

Kevin Daniel will headline the evening entertainment, playing from 8 pm until the fireworks at 10 pm.(2022)

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

Sponsors of Bryson City / Swain County Chamber of Commerce Events

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
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Bryson City - Swain County
Chamber of Commerce

210 Main Street
P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713

Karen Proctor
Executive Director


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