The Asheville Downtown Association will host the Ingles Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, 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.
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. There will also be free children’s crafts provided by LEAF Easel Rider and lawn games provided by the Girl Scouts.
The Splashville Fountain will be on until 6pm as well for kids to cool off and splash about.
Stage entertainment kicks off at 5pm with local outfit, Redleg Husky, a country and bluegrass group hailing from right here in Asheville. The duo pushes musical boundaries in their impassioned live show.
Up next at 6:30pm is The Moon and You. This husband-and-wife team’s vocal blend and heartfelt lyrics form a sound that is warm and inviting with songs ranging from folk to bluegrass, country to jazz.
Headlining the Ingles Independence Day Celebration is The Larry Keel Experience. Described by music critics and reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today, Keel has shared the stage with legends like Del McCoury, Bill Monroe and John Hartford. The Larry Keel Experience combines a multitude of musical influences, instrumental dexterity, and original songs to create an explosive acoustic sound. The Larry Keel Experience will hit the stage at 8pm.
Asheville's own, Kat Williams, will sign our national anthem just before the fireworks show 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.
Food vendors include: Cecilia’s Kitchen, D.O.G.S., El Kimchi, The Grubbery Food Truck, Gypsy Queen Cuisine, The Hop, Kernal Mike’s Famous Kettle Corn, Mac Daddy’s Organic Lemonade, Paris Festival Bakery, FroZen Natural Shaved Ice, Cecilia's Kitchen and Sunshine Sammies.
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 Asheville, 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
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.