[caption id="attachment_266" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Asheville has many different Fourth of July fireworks displays throughout town."][/caption] Visit Asheville, NC for a fun filled Fourth of July vacation. Expect excellent barbeque and all the fixings and lots of festivities. Live music, parades, fireworks, and other fun events occur across the Asheville area leading up to the Fourth of July holiday and on Independence Day.   This year, Fourth of July falls in the middle of the week on a Wednesday. This means many people will be taking extra long weekends or even the entire week as a vacation.  Plan ahead and decide which fireworks display to attend on the Fourth of July.  Here are some Fourth of July Fireworks celebrations in Asheville and nearby to choose from.   Lake Julian Fireworks, July 4th, Arden (South Asheville) There is a large fireworks display each year at Lake Julian Park. This is a popular boating and fishing area located in the heart of South Asheville on the banks of Lake Julian, a 300-acre lake.  Free parking near Lake Julian gives participants easy access to an abundant amount of space to spread out with a blanket or lawn chairs.  Fireworks begin at dark.   Tourists Game Fireworks (Downtown Asheville) The Tourists are Asheville’s minor league baseball team. They play at McCormick Field, in Downtown Asheville.  On Wednesday, July 4th, the Tourists will face off with the Augusta Greenjackets. The game starts at 7:05 and is always followed by a fantastic fireworks display.  Tickets are $10 and available in advance from The McCormick Field Box office or online at: theashevilletourists.com.   Downtown Asheville Fireworks, Pack Square Park (Downtown Asheville) This year, Ingles is the main sponsor of the 4th of July Celebration in Pack Square, in Downtown Asheville. Come out for Independence Day - beginning at 1 p.m. with The Sons of American Revolution’s patriotic tribute. This is followed by live music, games and food from area vendors and restaurants.  The fireworks display begins at dark.  Arrive at Pack Square at sunset or dusk and bring some lawn seating or blankets.   Hendersonville On the Fourth of July, Henderson County (just ½ hour South of Asheville) will host its annual Independence Day fireworks display near downtown Hendersonville. The city of Hendersonville is launching a large red air balloon on the morning of July 4th to help people locate sites where they can be watched. Henderson County Public Information says if the large red balloon is visible, fireworks may be seen from that location. The recommended viewing place is the intersection of Highway 25 and 276.  Fireworks begin at dark and are sponsored by Pepsi this year.   Black Mountain Fireworks Display Black Mountain is a short 20-30 minute drive east of Asheville, and the town hosts a fireworks display every year.  Fireworks begin at 7 p.m. on Sutton Ave. in Downtown Black Mountain.  Arrive earlier for a street festival with food, music and dancing -- sponsored by Black Mountain Recreation and Parks.   Attend Fourth of July celebrations in Asheville and learn more about Appalachian Mountain culture. Sample some of the food, music and entertainment popular in the Western North Carolina area. Most importantly, have fun with family and friends on Independence Day! Book a cabin near Biltmore Estate, downtown Asheville, and other points of interest.  All luxury cabins include the amenities you expect and need for a comfortable stay in the NC Mountains.