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Independence Day Sunset Fireworks Hike

July 4 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

This year, celebrate the Fourth of July with your family, friends, guests, and the Swannanoa Valley Museum on a 1.5-mile, moderate hike to the peak of Sunset Mountain. Here, Museum guests will enjoy an old-fashioned watermelon cutting, and then stay to watch the sun set and the fireworks explode over the town of Black Mountain. Hike leaders will share the history and vintage photographs of this most historic place over dinner.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate, 3 miles

Meet: Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 East State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Meet Time: 6:30 PM
Estimated Return Time: 11:00 PM

Bring: Bring your dinner, water for the hike, drinks, a flash light, poncho (just in case), camera, and warm clothes or blankets (it can get chilly after dark even in July) in a pack to keep your hands free while hiking. You are also welcome to bring small coolers and folding chairs. The Museum’s team will transport coolers and chairs up the mountain and will provide watermelon.

Note: We have special permission to hike on private property and cannot allow pets. Also, there are no bathrooms on the mountain – just the surrounding woods.

COVID Policy: All attendees, volunteers and hike leaders are required to wear masks and social distancing must be observed. Please make sure to bring a mask that allows for good air flow for comfortable hiking. 

Cost: $40 for members, $55 for nonmembers, $30 under 18

Information about this event, transportation and covid policies will be updated as needed.

Registration will be available later in the year. If you are interested in registering for this event, please let us know by RSVPing below. 


July 4
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm


Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center


Black Mountain Savings Bank
200 E State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711
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