Outdoor fun and family memories abound this long holiday weekend. There is so much to choose from – remember to stay hydrated on your outdoor adventures and keep pets safe and reassured as the booms begin. And then start planning ahead for your own family celebrations with WNC Parent’s annual birthday guide. We have all things birthdays happening this month at wncparent.com.
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The Montford Moppets present William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is presented July 1 – 9 at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre. For tickets and details, visit themontfordmoppets.org.
“The Little Prince” is presented by the Montford Park Players through July 9 at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre. For free tickets and details, visit montfordparkplayers.org.
Lake Junaluska’s annual Independence Day Celebration is July 1 – 4. Visit lakejunaluska.com.
Make a constellation viewer July 2 in select Home Depot stores. Details for this event and virtual field trips are online at homedepot.com/c/kids.
Beech Mountain’s Mile High Fourth of July is July 2 in Beech Mountain. Events include a Sparkler 5K with free shirt and tie-dye station followed by a tailgate party, a family party with children’s activities, and more. Visit beechmtn.com.
An Independence Day Celebration is 6 – 10 p.m. July 2 in Marion. The event includes a parade at 6 p.m., free inflatables, and fireworks to close out the evening. For details, visit discovermarionnc.com.
Shindig On the Green is at 7 p.m. July 2 in Pack Square Park. The event includes music, dancing, storytelling and more. Visit folkheritage.org/asheville-events/shindig-on-the-green-2021.
The Ingles Independence Day Celebration is July 4 in Pack Square Park. This free event includes The Ultimate Air Dogs, live music, a fireworks extravaganza and more. For details, visit https://ashevilledowntown.org/independence-day.
An Independence Day Community Celebration is 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. July 4 in Downtown Brevard. The event includes food vendors, an auto show, a hula hoop dance party, Bubble Brigade Children's Bubble Splash Party (3 p.m.), Professor Whizzpop's magic tricks and balloon animals (3 – 5 p.m.) and more. Visit brevardnc.org/july4th.
Freedom Fest includes fireworks and more July 4 in Bryson City. For details, visit explorebrysoncity.com.
Fourth of July events are in downtown Hendersonville, including fireworks, inflatables, face painting, live music and more. For details, visit visithendersonvillenc.org.
Summer movies – “Sing” and “Puss in Boots” are shown July 5 and 6 at select Regal theaters. See details at regmovies.com/static/en/us/smx.
LEGO Builders Club is at 3:30 p.m. July 5 at the Pack Memorial Library. For details, visit buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library.
A Tuesday Night Block Party Series, presented by Heart of Brevard, is 6 – 8 p.m. July 5 on East Main Street in Brevard. The event is free and features old time street dances with Whitewater Bluegrass, sidewalk chalk, food vendors and more. Visit brevardnc.org/BLOCKPARTY.
Nature Center Night: A Buggy Evening – Join the Highlands Nature Center at 9 p.m. July 5. Learn to identify unique and beautiful insects then join naturalists to look for fireflies and nocturnal creepy crawlies in the Botanical Garden. Please bring a flashlight for this adventure. This program is weather-dependent. Registration is required but the program is free. All ages are welcome. For details, visit highlandsbiological.org.
Mechanical Paper Puppets with Mountain Makers is at 3 p.m. July 6 at the Enka Candler Library. Grades K – 5. Call 828-250-4758 or email email@example.com.
WNC Nature Center program – “Fact or Myth?” is at 2 p.m. July 7 at the Leicester Library. Call 828-250-6480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twilight in the Treetops is at 8 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 3 at Adventure Center of Asheville. Climb 10 – 50 feet in the air as the sun sets and thousands of colored lights illuminate the aerial trails and challenges. Ages 4 and older. For reservations, call 877-247-5539 or visit ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com.
This article originally appeared on Asheville Citizen Times: Plan your 4th of July weekend with these family friendly events