JUNE 30-JULY 1 Cullowhee
Showcasing mountain arts, crafts
Cullowhee is home to Western Carolina University, and its Ramsey Center arena will showcase 115 artisans June 30-July 1 at the 23rd annual Mountain Artisans Summertime Art & Crafts Show. Items on display and for sale are by those working in traditional Southern Appalachian styles; work includes fine art, woodworking, pottery, weaving, smithing, soaps, candles and more. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Admission: $4; younger than 12, free. Details: 828-524-3405; www.mountainartisans.net.
JULY 4 Blowing Rock
Fireworks at Tweetsie
Tweetsie Railroad celebrates Independence Day with longer hours capped off with a fireworks display. The train-themed amusement park will stay open until 9 p.m.; at 9:30 p.m., more than 200 large-caliber fireworks will light up the Blue Ridge. (Regular hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m.). Admission: $35; $22 for ages 3-12; 2 and younger, free. A Western-theme tent dinner, with viewing for fireworks, will also be offered July 4 (Cost: $14.95, $9.95 for ages 3-12; reservations suggested). Fourth of July parking: $5. Details: 877-893-3874; www.tweetsie.com.
JULY 3-5 Wilmington area
Fireworks and music on N.C. coast
July 3 and 5, Independence Day events include fireworks fired above Carolina Beach, near its boardwalk. Before, during and after the fireworks both nights, there will be live music on the Boardwalk Stage (Dutch Treat with 70s music July 3; classic rock by Fury on July 5). Details: 910-458-8434; www.pleasureislandnc.org.
July 4, in downtown Wilmington, is a 5-9 p.m. riverfront festival with live music, followed by the Battleship Blast fireworks display over Battleship North Carolina and the Cape Fear River. Details: www.battleshipnc.com.
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