The Ultimate Guide to July 4 in Montreat

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In 2018 we celebrated the 50th year of the Montreat 4th of July Parade. Whether you’re coming for the first or 50th time, there’s so much that goes on in Montreat each year, you’ll always have an opportunity to try something new!

1. Wake Up with the Montreat Gait 5K Race

A beloved tradition by area runners and walkers, the Gait Race starts every year at 7:00am at the Montreat Gate! The race will be accompanied by a shorter walk, which will also begin at the Gate at 7:00 am. There is no entrance fee, registration, or T-shirt, so we’ll just see you there!

2. Get Here with Time to Find Your Spot

The Montreat 4th of July Parade starts at 10:30, so make sure you arrive with plenty of time to park and find a spot along Lookout Road to watch the fun. Get there too early though, and you might get stuck behind the Gait Race (and get bored)!

3. Be Kind to the People Keeping You Safe

Montreat Conference Center staff and Montreat Police & Public Works spend their 4th of July directing traffic, answering questions, walking kids through the parade, and making the 4th of July celebrations all that they are! If you see someone in a staff shirt, safety vest, or uniform make sure to thank them for their hard work in making this day go off without a hitch!

4. Enjoy the Parade

Montreat Conference Center has been working alongside the parade committee all year to put on a fun, family-friendly parade, and it never disappoints! Come enjoy this Americana tradition- laugh, wave, and eat a few pieces of candy while enjoying the creative floats.

5. Bring Your Water Bottle

It’s going to be a hot one – make sure you stay hydrated!

6. Find Your Favorite Furry Friend

Dogs in costumes, dogs in bandanas… whatever your fancy, there are dogs of every shape and size at (and in!) the Montreat 4th of July Parade. Remember – always ask before you pet! If you’re bringing your dog – the parade creates a large crowd and dogs must be leashed in Montreat. If your furry family member does not react well to other dogs, children, or crowds, they would prefer to watch the parade from home!

7. Enjoy Time Together

Whether you’re picnicking, picking up barbecue from the Montreat Cottagers (purchased in advance, of course), or heading back home for lunch, take the meal time to catch up with old and new friends!

8. Check Out the Silent Auction

Head over to The Currie Craft Center/Sally Jones Pottery to peruse two floors of beautiful handmade items including jewelry, fused glass, quilts, paintings, and beautiful pottery made by the pottery staff, visiting potters, artists in residence, and local artisans. #shoplocal this Christmas in July!

9. Play the Afternoon Games

In the afternoon, Montreat Conference Center staffs and organizes games and activities like face-painting, hog-calling contests, greasy pole climbing, and more on Anderson Lawn and Moore Center Field. There’s also the Old Timers’ Softball Game on Welch Field

10. Dance the Night Away

The 4th of July square dance will be held from 7:00-9:30 pm in the parking lot behind the Montreat College Library. There will be plenty of big circle mountain dancing and novelty dances, too. Sponsored by Montreat Conference Center, all are welcome and admission is free. No experience required!