Kids watch fireworks at Lake Junaluska


Colorful displays of fireworks will cast reflections on the lake on Sunday, July 3, at approximately 9:30 p.m. as part of Lake Junaluska’s Independence Day Celebrations! The fireworks will be set off from the bridge over-the-dam and visible from locations around the lake. (Kona Ice will be for sale near the lakeside pool during the afternoon and evening of Sunday, July 3!) The bridge over-the-dam will close to vehicular traffic on July 3 at 8 a.m. and to pedestrian traffic at noon for safety reasons as preparations are made for the event.

Lake Junaluska’s annual Independence Day Celebration features a weekend of family-friendly fun — from concerts to fireworks to floating wish lanterns. The holiday weekend will be full of family-friendly activities and plenty of time to soak up summer enjoying the lakeside swimming pool, a round of golf or mini golf, a cruise on the Cherokee IV pontoon boat or a canoe, kayak or paddleboard rental.


The annual Independence Day Celebration at Lake Junaluska is made possible with support from Visit NC Smokies (Plan Your Trip!) and our Friends of the Lake Sponsors.

Event Details:

July 3, 2022
9:30 pm
Fireworks will be set off from the bridge-over-the dam and visible from lakeshore locations.
Independence Day Celebrations

Partnership Sponsor

Haywood Regional Medical Center

Patron Sponsors

Smoky Mountain News
RCF Construction, Inc.

Friends Sponsors

Clark & Leatherwood, Inc.
First United Methodist Church, Waynesville
Long’s Chapel
Maple Tree Veterinary Hospital
The Mountaineer
Pactiv Evergreen
Haywood Ace Hardware
Beverly-Hanks, McElroy & Ellege Team