If you are looking for a fun filled 4th, look no further than Blue Ridge, GA. With celebrations all around our small town and in the surrounding areas, you are sure to find some fun and watch the sky light up around you! Below are some of the events you may want to take part in…
June 29, 2018
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Celebrate the birth of our great nation on the Firecracker Special train. Depart from Blue Ridge at 7:00 pm to enjoy the great Copper Basin Fireworks display just after dark and then return to Blue Ridge by 11:00pm. Bring your lawn chair and sit outside the train to view the fireworks! There will be lots of activities in downtown McCaysville/Copperhill when you arrive. Lots of vendors for food and things to do for the kids until the fireworks start.
Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Lake Blue Ridge Boat Parade put on by the Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association. Follow website link to register. Pick your theme and start decorating! Places to watch from the shore: Blue Ridge Recreation Area along the point (Located on Dry Branch Road) Morganton Point Recreation Area and Lake Blue Ridge Marina. Can also be viewed from the lake, the parade will follow the shoreline from Blue Ridge Recreation Area to Morganton Point Recreation Area and ends by the Lake Blue Ridge Marina.
9:30 – 10:30
The skies over the twin cities of McCaysville, Ga and Copperhill, TN will be lit up on Friday night. Anywhere downtown is a great viewing area! Don’t want to drive? You can board the Firecracker Express in Blue Ridge and arrive by train. There will be a street festival, vendors with food etc. Live music. First Baptist Church of McCaysville has a fair that is open to the public, festivities start around 6 p.m.
Old Timers Parade
10am – 11am
They’re back!! The Amazing Seed & Feed Marching Abominables will be in the parade once again! Appalalchian St. Andrews Pipes & Drums will be in the parade as well. Blue Ridge’s Old Timers Parade is always held on the Saturday closest to the 4th of July. That means this year it is June 30, 2018. The parade is not a 4th of July parade but rather a celebration of the Old Time Blue Ridge. Saturday was selected by the Historical Society many, many years ago as the day the parade will take place as that was the only day the farmers would come to town. The farmers would bring their buggies, horses, mules or tractors and ride in the parade along side city officials, local organizations, business owners, bands and anyone else that wanting to be involved. Not much since the mid 1950’s has changed. It is still a time for all of BLUE RIDGE to come together and celebrate the way Blue Ridge, Georgia used to be. Bring your antique vehicles, dress in period attire OR not, it is up to you. Parade route is down East Main and back up West Main street. Anyplace downtown is a good viewing spot.
Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks
8:30 – 9:30
Annual Independence Day Fireworks at Lake Blue Ridge. Fireworks can be viewed from Lake Blue Ridge around the Lake Blue Ridge Dam, Lake Blue Ridge Marina, By boat on Lake Blue Ridge, Tammen Park, Morganton Point Campground and surrounding areas. Begins at dusk. Fireworks are being put on by the Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association, sponsors: Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, City of Blue Ridge and United Community Bank.
Blue Ridge Freedom 5K and 10K
8am – 10am
Start your July 4th celebration with a scenic 5K or 10K run through beautiful historic downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia. Bring your friends and family out to be a part of the 2nd Annual Blue Ridge Freedom 5K and 10K hosted by Georgia Multisports. Stay after the race to enjoy all that downtown Blue Ridge has to offer: shopping, dining, train ride and more.
Show your patriotism by coming dressed in your finest red, white and blue running gear.
Stick around after the race to enjoy a post race celebration offering sweet tea, lemonade, watermelon, music and more.
4th of July Observance at Epworth
Epworth Community Club
8am – 2pm
This is a great American 4th of July event for kids of all ages. Located at the Old Epworth Elementary School cafeteria and play ground. Come as you are. Day begins at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast for $6.00 until 10:30. 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Free admission. Then purchase tickets good for any/all events.
4th of July Fireworks at Meeks Park
9:30 – 10:30
I hope to see you around Blue Ridge this 4th!