The Catawba Falls trail will close on May 2, 2022, and remain closed until spring of 2023. The popular Old Fort area trail will be closed for 9-12 months to ensure the safety of the public and construction crews building retaining walls, boardwalks, staircases, and overlooks. Click the "Play" icon to find alternative waterfall and hiking trails.

June 28, 2022, 2:19 p.m.

Celebrate Independence Day 2022 in Marion, N.C.

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Celebrate Independence Day in the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2022!

Marion’s annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks will take place on Saturday, July 2nd in the town’s historic downtown.

  • Festivities begin with a community parade at 6 p.m., marshaled by the McDowell County Veterans.
  • At 7 p.m., local variety band Gotcha Groove hits the stage — enjoy some dancing in the street!
  • The fireworks display is scheduled for 9:45 p.m.

In addition to live entertainment, the celebration will also feature free inflatables for kids! Stay tuned to the Marion Business Association Facebook page for more information and updates.

Arrive early to explore Marion’s 310 district — shop for a unique souvenir in the craft galleries, enjoy a locally brewed craft beer or grab a bite of dinner before the celebration begins.

Want to enjoy the whole holiday weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains? Check out our three-day itinerary for a getaway filled with outdoor adventure, delicious local flavors and rich regional culture.