4th of July Event Cancellations, Postponements, and Scheduled Events

Due to the heavy amounts of recent rain fall and the predictions of more to come several local 4th of July celebrations and firework displays have been either cancelled or postponed. In Jackson County, the Dillsboro fireworks show has been moved back to later in the year. Jeff Carpenter, the Director of the Parks & Recreation Department for Jackson County had this to say; “The fireworks show for the 4th of July in Dillsboro has been postponed to December 14th due to the weather. Because we shoot at such a tough site our fireworks company called us with some concerns over safety as it relates to the weather. We have to get up on top of the rock quarry and there were some concerns by the fireworks company and the quarry about being up on that location in the bad weather. If we start the show that night and then we get bad weather we will lose the show. With other shows cancelling and the upcoming weather forecast we thought it was best to cancel early so people could know. We have worked with the merchants about a rain day for December 14th, which is the Saturday of the luminaries”. Despite the fireworks show being cancelled merchants of Dillsboro still plan to host guests with special 4th of July sales and events, including a live WRGC broadcast from downtown Dillsboro. Other shows in our area have also either postponed or cancelled their 4th of July events due to weather. Franklin’s fireworks display has been pushed back to Saturday, the 6th in hopes of better weather. Even though some surrounding areas have cancelled or postponed their events there are still some going on as planned. The fireworks extravaganza on The Green in Cashiers is still scheduled for Friday, July 5th and will take place on the Village Green Commons with a live performance by the Asheville R&B band “The Extraordinaires”. In Bryson City, the all day 4th of July Street Festival which includes a dog show, music, arts & crafts, and children’s events is still going on as scheduled. In Haywood county, both the downtown Waynesville and Lake Junaluska are still on schedule and open to the public. For a full list of 4th of July activity scheduling, rescheduling, and cancellations go to our news page at