Local Fourth of July activities

Barbara Hootman

It doesn’t get any better than a small town July 4 celebration in Black Mountain.  The morning is dedicated to parade lovers attending the Montreat July 4th Parade - a holiday tradition, and a slice of Americana.

The Swannanoa Valley Museum sponsors an Independence Day Sunset Fireworks Hike.  You must register to participate.  Contact the museum at 669-9566.  You are guaranteed a good view of the fireworks.

The annual July 4th street dance sponsored by Ingles on Sutton Avenue in Black Mountain is from 5:30-9:30 p.m.  It is free to everyone.  There will be live music to dance to provided by the Ryan Perry Band.  Food vendors include Okie Dokies Smokehouse, Hey Hey Cupcake, Kona Ice of Asheville and Dynamite Kettle Corn. Fun activities for the kids include a bounce house, face painting, a magician, balloon animals, bubbles and more.  This is a family-friendly event that is appropriate for all ages.

You can celebrate July 4 with the Land of Sky Symphonic Band at White Horse Black Mountain at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets in advance cost $12 and at the door they cost $15.  The evening’s entertainment will finish just in time for people to walk over to Town Square to view the fireworks.

The Town of Black Mountain does not fund the fireworks, but relies on donors.  This year's list of donors that make the annual fireworks possible include Ingles Markets, Inc., W. David Myers Builders, Inc.,Given's Highland Farms Retirement Community, Parameter Generation and Control, Valley Truck Service Inc. Renewing Smiles-Mark Kleive DDS, Sun Trust Bank, Larry B. Harris, CPA, Black Mountain Fire Department, Advanced Data and Network Solutions, Blue Ridge Waterscapes, Black Mountain Tire Connection, The Kiwanis Club of Black Mountain, The Rotary Club of Black Mountain and anonymous donors. The Town of Black Mountain is continuing to accept donations and pledges for fireworks.

For those who want to celebrate July 4 in a small town way, there is something going on in the Valley almost all day and into the night.