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2016 Ingles Independence Day Celebration

The Asheville Downtown Association will host the Ingles Independence Day Celebration on Monday, July 4 from 12-10pm at Pack Square Park in Downtown Asheville. The free event features family activities throughout the day, with a fireworks extravaganza capping off the event at 9:30pm.

Thanks to presenting sponsor, Ingles Markets, the Ultimate Air Dogs return to Asheville for the 4th of July event. Competitions will take place at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm, with the finals at 7:30pm. Learn more about the Ultimate Air Dogs at ultimateairdogs.com. You'll also have an opportunity to check out the original Elmer's produce truck and snag some giveways from Ingles Markets.

Bouncy houses and children’s activities provided by LEAF Community Arts' Easel Rider will keep the kids happy and busy from 2-6pm. A $3 wristband will be available for purchase that allows kids to jump, bounce and race as many times as they’d like.

The Splashville Fountain will be on from 2-6pm as well for kids to cool off and splash about. Families are also welcome to picnic on Roger McGuire Green during the afternoon.

Headlining the show is Nikki Lane. From just down the road in Greenville, SC, Nikki is part outlaw, part vintage country. She's opened for Loretta Lynn and played the Grand Ole Opry and is touring the world to support her album All or Nothin'. Nikki will hit the stage about 8pm. Here's a little sneak peek.

Stage entertainment kicks off at 5pm with local singer/songwriter, Savannah Smith. Smith brings North Mississippi soul to her original songs and heartfelt melodies. She was recently named a finalist in the Merlefest songwriting competition.

Next up Drivin’ N Cryin’s lead singer, Kevn Kinney. Drivin’ N Cryin’ hit it big with Fly Me Courageous, and has had several successful albums since. During his solo shows, his unmistakable voice and folksy songwriting shine through.

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

Food vendors include: Appalachian Smoke BBQ, Avery’s Hot Dogs, D.O.G.S., El Kimchi, Gypsy Queen Cuisine, The Hop, Kernal Mike’s Famous Kettle Corn, Mac Daddy’s Organic Lemonade, Paris Festival Bakery, Sugar and Snow Gelato, Sunshine Sammies and Taste & See Food Truck.

No outside alcohol, pets or vending will be permitted. Parking is available in City of Asheville parking decks, on the street or in private lots. First Baptist Church on Oak Street will also offer paid parking as a fundraiser for their youth programs.