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4th of July

The Asheville Downtown Association will host the Ingles Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 4 from 2-10pm 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.

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 and how to register your dog to compete at ultimateairdogs.com. Pets are only allowed in the Air Dogs area and not throughout the rest of the event.

A $3 wristband will allow kids to jump and play on the giant inflatables from 2-6pm. The LEAF Easel Rider will be on hand with fun craft projects for kids, and the Splashville Fountain will be on until 6pm for kids to cool off and splash about.

Stage entertainment kicks off at 5pm with Erin & the Wildfire, combining elements of funk, soul and R&B into a unique experience for fans. The band’s lyrical content makes for a high energy, inspiring performance that stays with you until the next time.

Up next at 6:30pm is The Broadcast. Produced by multi Grammy winner Jim Scott, The Broadcast is a soulful blues roots rock band bringing back the spirit of high-energy performances originally made famous by 1970s classic rock bands.

Headlining the Ingles Independence Day Celebration is The Ron Holloway Band. The Ron Holloway Band is a 6-piece saxy, funk machine out of Washington DC. Combining sax driven jams along with soaring female vocals, intensely emotive guitar, and hard hitting grooves to deliver a full on funk, rocking show. Pulling from influences such as Sly & the Family Stone, Parliament Funkadelic, and other funk masters, RHB provides a blend of rock, funk, soul, and R&B grooves to hit you with a high-energy sound and presence. A relatively young band, this group has quickly made waves on the festival scene, having the pleasure of being joined on stage by greats such as Warren Haynes, Jack Pearson, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Jimmy Vivino, Eric Krasno, as well as members of Gov’t Mule and Tedeschi Trucks Band.

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: Bun Intended, Cecilia’s Kitchen, D.O.G.S., Frank & Steinz, Gypsy Queen Cuisine, The Hop, Kernal Mike’s Famous Kettle Corn, Kona Ice, Le Bon Café, Mac Daddy’s Organic Lemonade, Paris Festival Bakery and Sunshine Sammies.

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.

This event would not be possible without the support of our sponsors: Ingles Markets, City of Asheville, Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pepsi, Empire Distributors, Kudzu Brands, Go Minis, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Sam Adams, 99.9 Kiss Country, Mix 96.5, Alt 101.1, The 828.com, Buncombe County, Renaissance Asheville Hotel, Asheville Color & Imaging, Dig Local Asheville, 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.

More information about the Ingles Independence Day Celebration and the Asheville Downtown Association can be found online at www.ashevilledowntown.org.

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 Sears Alley

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.