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Celebrate the 4th of July in North Georgia

06/05/2018 | by Kirsten Cooper | All Blog Posts

The 4th of July is just around the corner and it’s a great time to head to the North Georgia Mountains to experience all that the mountains has to offer.  Plan your stay in Ellijay for a great family fun weekend in a wonderful cabin rental nestled in the mountains or on the river.  The 4th of July is a busy time of the year with so many things to do and see in Ellijay.  Outside of hiking, mountain biking, tubing, white water rafting, zip lining, fishing, antiquing and so much more, you will want to mark your calendars for all the fabulous firework shows and 4th of July celebrations.  Below is a list to help you plan your visit and celebrate with us.

4th of July Celebration in downtown Ellijay

Downtown Ellijay is the place to be to celebrate our nation’s independence.  Come celebrate with all your friends and family downtown Wednesday, July 4. Fun for the kids as well as craft and food sales start at 10 a.m. in the River Street parking lot. The big parade is set for 6 p.m. and fireworks follow soon after.

Firecracker Special – Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Help celebrate the birth of our nation on Friday, June 29th for our Firecracker Special train. We depart Blue Ridge at 7:00 pm to enjoy the great Copper Basin Fireworks display just after dark and then return to Blue Ridge by 11:00pm. Bring your lawn chair and sit outside the train to view the fireworks!  Activities in downtown McCaysville/Copperhill when you arrive. Lots of vendors for food and things to do for the kids until the fireworks start.

Lake Blue Ridge Boat Parade

3rd Annual Lake Blue Ridge Boat Parade put on by the Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association will be Friday June 29th from 9 pm – 12 am. Places to watch from the shore: Blue Ridge Recreation Area along the point (Located on Dry Branch Road) Morganton Point Recreation Area and Lake Blue Ridge Marina. Can also be viewed from the lake, the parade will follow the shoreline from Blue Ridge Recreation Area to Morganton Point Recreation Area and ends by the Lake Blue Ridge Marina.

McCaysville Fireworks

The skies over the twin cities of McCaysville, Ga and Copperhill, TN will be lit up on Friday night June 29th from 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Anywhere downtown is a great viewing area!  Don’t want to drive? You can board the Firecracker Express in Blue Ridge and arrive by train.  There will be a street festival, vendors with food etc.  Live music. First Baptist Church of McCaysville has a fair that is open to the public, festivities start around 6 p.m.

Old Timers Parade

Blue Ridge’s, Old Timers Parade is always held on the Saturday closest to the 4th of July. That means this year it is June 30, 2018 from 10 am to 11 am. The parade is not a 4th of July parade but rather a celebration of the Old Time Blue Ridge. Saturday was selected by the Historical Society many, many years ago as the day the parade will take place as that was the only day the farmers would come to town. The farmers would bring their buggies, horses, mules or tractors and ride in the parade along side city officials, local organizations, business owners, bands and anyone else that wanting to be involved. Not much since the mid 1950’s has changed. It is still a time for all of BLUE RIDGE to come together and celebrate the way Blue Ridge, Georgia used to be. Bring your antique vehicles, dress in period attire OR not, it is up to you. Parade route is down East Main and back up West Main street.  Anyplace downtown is a good viewing spot.

Lake Blue Ridge Dam Fireworks

Celebrate the 4th of July Fireworks at Lake Blue Ridge Saturday June 30th from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm  Fireworks can be viewed from Lake Blue Ridge around the Lake Blue Ridge Dam, Lake Blue Ridge Marina, By boat on Lake Blue Ridge, Tammen Park, Morganton Point Campground and surrounding areas. Begins at dusk.

July 4th Fireworks in Jasper 

Come celebrate this fantastic day with a relaxing evening at Playfield Park watching the wonderful display of fireworks over Lake Petit! Make sure to claim your favorite spot with your lawn chairs, blanket or towels and don’t forget your food and drinks. The fireworks show will start around 9:30 p.m. Happy Independence Day!
The Big Canoe Fourth of July Family Day is Wednesday July 4th from 9 am to 2 pm. Imagine bikes with red, white and blue streamers whisking around in parade form while furry friends proudly display their most patriotic fashions.

Up first, the patriotic dog parade kicks off at 9:00 a.m. on the Wildcat basketball court with the ever popular, decorated bike parade immediately following. Make sure to jazz up your bicycles, tricycles and your favorite furry friends! After the parade awards, head on down to the soccer field at 10:00 a.m. for the big celebration.

Don’t leave home without your swimsuit, towel, and courage. Children and adults alike will enjoy plenty of water slides, bounce houses and new for 2018, a monster obstacle course. Family fun continues with field games of water balloon toss and tug of war. But we can’t forget about the magnificent spin art, over-the-top balloon animals, and the fantastic family photo booth.


Riverfest  is in downtown McCaysville (only 10 minutes from Blue Ridge) and it’s  sister city of Copperhill, Tn. Charming mountain towns with the Toccoa River  flowing through  them. The Toccoa River actually changes names as it goes under the Tennessee iron bridge to become the Ocoee River.  This is also the destination of a trip aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Plan to spend the day visiting craft and food booths. Live music will be available all day. Friday the first day of the festival  ends with the annual fireworks shot from the top of “Tater Hill” which can be viewed from anywhere downtown.  Saturday, June 30th the Riverfest continues, it is also Miners Homecoming in Ducktown less than 5 miles  away.  The Ducktown Fireworks will be held at dusk the evening of the 30th.

Whatever your fancy, it’s never to late to plan your weekend getaway.  Our cabins are booking up quickly so be sure to check out some featured cabins below and go take a look see at our website wwwblueskycabinrentals.com  or call (844) 855-6599

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Michelle Clark
Michelle Clark
17:54 18 Mar 18
We stayed at the Creekside Reflections cabin in Elijah and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The river alongside the cabin was flowing really strong so we had the absolute pleasure of hearing the water flow from inside. Getting up early in the morning and sitting on the deck watching the water run by was an added pleasure. This was a surprise weekend for my husband but we both came away well rested. We will visit again. Only concern we had was a leaky faucet that eventually became a gushing flow requiring maintenance to be called out early Sunday morning. They came out really quick and resolved the issue. Overall experience was wonderful, thank you to everyone at Blue Sky Cabins.
Tim Roberto
Tim Roberto
21:30 31 Dec 17
Blue Sky and their staff were excellent. The cabin we rented is called Amazing Sunset. The view was unique and the sunsets beautiful. We experienced a few nights of a neighbors dog barking all through the night due to the owners leaving it out to wander while they were away. It was cold as well. I figured out that if I could get it to the back porch and close the door, the dog would remain quiet. Whoever attended the dog came every two days and never returned the poor thing to its screened in porch. Blue sky handled it best they could and were kind enough to refund me a night. The cabin is small and its layout not so great. The beds were hard and not comfortable except for the one downstairs. Overall not bad, the neighborhood is quiet. Would I rent it again? No
Sandra Scott
Sandra Scott
19:02 28 Dec 17
We stayed at Hide N Creek with our 2 dogs during Christmas and it was perfect! Nestled in a little valley right on the bend of a beautiful mountain brook, with plenty of land for the dogs to explore. Our dogs especially liked that it was flat and not on a busy road. The cozy cabin had a hot tub right outside the master suite and a really nice screened porch overlooking the brook. The gas fireplace kept the cabin so warm that we only had to turn on the furnace once. It had everything we needed and was super comfy. We took a few side trips to go hiking, went into Blue Ridge to eat, and just chilled out and watched movies at the cabin. It was pure bliss! We've been renting different cabins from Blue Sky for years and this was definitely one of our favorites!
Sandi Kent
Sandi Kent
16:32 17 Jan 18
This cabin is perfect is every way! We came to celebrate my husbands birthday and what a wonderful surprise this beautiful cabin was! So relaxing and everything we needed was right here! Beautiful views and so convenient to everything, Blue Sky Rentals were wonderful! We will be back! Donica was so sweet and helpful and we could not have asked for more, I highly recommend The Weeks End and Blue Sky Rentals!!!
Leslie Lipsius
Leslie Lipsius
20:00 06 Dec 17
My weekend at Anglers Roost on the River was fantastic!! Such a beautiful cabin with an amazing view. The cabin is very spacious (there were 15 of us) and homey. Furniture is beautiful and just adds to the experience of being in the mountains. Fully stocked kitchen came in handy for cooking meals. The hot tub was a great addition as well, definitely added to the enjoyment of our stay. I would absolutely stay at Anglers Roost on the River again!
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