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4th of July

The Asheville Downtown Association will host the Ingles Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 4 from at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. This event is produced in partnership with the City of Asheville.

The free event features family activities throughout the day, with a fireworks extravaganza capping off the event at 9:30pm.

Two giant slides, an obstacle course, a toddler bouncy house and a slack-line area will be part of a $3 wristband allowing kids to jump, bounce, balance  and race as many times as they’d like. More activities will be announced.

The Splashville Fountain will be on until 6pm as well for kids to cool off and splash about.

Music kicks off at 5pm, the 2019 lineup will be annouced soon.

The fireworks extravaganza will launch just after the national anthem at 9:30pm.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase including local, regional and national brews. Water and other drinks will also be available for purchase.

No outside alcohol, pets or vending will be permitted.

This event would not be possible without the support of our sponsors: Ingles Markets, City of Asheville, Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, Pepsi, Kudzu Brands, Go Minis, AT&T, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Sam Adams, 99.9 Kiss Country, Mix 96.5, Rock 105.1, The 828.com, Asheville Scene, Asheville Citizen-Times, Dig Local, Buncombe County, Renaissance Asheville Hotel, Asheville Color & Imaging and Moe’s Original Bar B que.

The Ingles Independence Day Celebration is a production of the Asheville Downtown Association, a nonprofit organization committed to the preservation and improvement of the central business district.

EVENT RULES: The following items are not permitted:

  • Pets (except dogs competing as Air Dogs)

  • Fireworks, sparklers or other explosives

  • Outside alcohol or coolers

  • Weapons of any kind

  • Illegal substances (including narcotics) or drug paraphernalia

  • Bicycles

  • Tents

  • Unauthorized vendors

  • Moshing, crowd surfing, and/or stage diving

  • Unauthorized solicitations, handbills, sampling, give-aways, etc.

PARKING: We recommend using one of the Cty of Asheville or Buncombe County parking decks (listed below), which are safe and reliable. In city garages, the first hour is free and each additional hour is $1.25 with a daily maximum in each garage. Metered parking will be free but very limited on the Fourth.

  • Civic Center Garage - enter from Haywood Street or Rankin Avenue


  • Rankin Avenue Garage - enter from Rankin Avenue or Walnut Street


  • Wall Street Garage - enter from Otis Street near Patton Avenue


  • Biltmore Avenue Garage - enter from Biltmore Avenue or Lexington Avenue

  • Coxe Avenue Garage - enter from Coxe Avenue

ACCESSIBILITY: Handicap accessible portajohns are located throughout the event, including on Market Street (at S. Pack Square), at the park's visitor center/pavilion (until 8:30 PM), and just north of the mainstage on Court Plaza. Regarding wheelchair accessibility, sidewalks run throughout the event, including directly in front of the stage. These sidewalks will remain open for the duration of the event and provide the best route for ingress, egress and concert viewing. Some event areas are grassy or paved and may present bumps or inclines.


VOLUNTEERING: There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer at Asheville Downtown Association’s events. Find out more about volunteer opportunities here.