Montreat Conference Center welcomes you to our annual July 4th Celebration! Traditionally a homecoming holiday that brings extended Montreat families together from all over the country, the Fourth of July celebration at Montreat truly captures the essence of American life and has become a popular celebration for everyone in the area. Check out our video! Be sure to pick up or download the July 4th issue of This Week in Montreat for more details and a final schedule!
Montreat 4th of July Parade
Join us on the 4th of July to celebrate with a parade and a variety of fun events for the whole family! Grand Marshals will be the families of Glenn Bannerman and Larry Wilson. This is a time to celebrate Montreat, freedom, peace, unity, and our community of faith. Please ensure that all parade entries maintain the spirit of this event. Parade participants will assemble on Geneva Place at Appalachian Way. Units are to be in place no later than 10:00 am. The parade starts at 10:30 am. If you would like to participate in the parade, please download the 2018 July 4th Parade Application and turn it in to the Montreat Store or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use all of your imagination and creativity to help us celebrate Montreat’s rich heritage! The Montreat 4th of July Parade is sponsored by Montreat Conference Center.
Montreat Cottagers Barbecue
No Montreat 4th of July is complete without chowing down on some tasty southern barbeque with your family and friends! Make plans to attend the annual Montreat Fourth of July BBQ picnic lunch after the Fourth of July Parade has concluded.
Treat yourself to your choice of barbeque pork or chicken sandwich, cole slaw, baked beans, a yummy dessert bar, a bag of chips and a drink. The cost is very reasonable. Tickets for this lip-smacking whole hog enjoyment are only $10.00.
The meals are again being catered by Red Radish to Go and will be distributed from the porch of the Walk-up Building following the Fourth of July Parade. The lunches are boxed and served up quickly. There will be no long lines. Just delicious barbeque served fast!
Tickets will be on sale Wednesday, June 20th through Monday, July 2nd at the Montreat Store and The Red Radish in Black Mountain, and Monday, June 25th through Monday, July 2nd from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Montreat Post Office. Tickets must be purchased by cash or check made payable to the Montreat Cottagers. No tickets will be sold at the event. The barbecue lunch is sponsored by Montreat Cottagers, Inc.
Montreat Gait 5k Race
The 5K run will start at the Montreat Gate at 7:00 am and will take runners up to West Virginia Terrace and then back to the 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! The Montreat Gait Race is sponsored by the Town of Montreat.
In the afternoon, Montreat Conference Center staffs and organizes games and activities on Anderson Lawn and Moore Center Field. The swimming pool, tennis courts, paddle boats, and canoes will also be open to the public. And don’t forget to visit the Montreat Store (open 9:00 am-5:00 pm) in the Moore Center Building for snacks, t-shirts, and souvenirs! Games and activities sponsored by Montreat Conference Center.
The Currie Craft Center/Sally Jones Pottery will host their annual July 4th Silent Auction, 1:00-5:00 pm. The auction features two floors of beautiful handmade items including jewelry, fused glass, quilts, paintings, and beautiful pottery made by our staff, our visiting potters, artists in residence, and local artisans. Homemade cookies will also be sold throughout the afternoon to boost your spirit and energy! The auction supports the continuing ministry at Montreat! The Currie Craft Center/Sally Jones Pottery events are sponsored by Montreat Conference Center.
The 4th of July square dance will be held from 7:00-9:30 pm. There will be plenty of big circle mountain dancing and novelty dances, too. All are welcome, admission is free. No experience required! The 4th of July square dance is sponsored by Montreat Conference Center.