Fayetteville celebrates Independence day in a major way every year and 2021 brings more reason to celebrate than ever. Recently named one of the Smithsonian’s Best Small Towns, Fayetteville is the perfect small town to take in the magic of the 4th of July festivities.
See the Sights
Small town 4th of July celebrations mean charming traditions, quaint streets, friendly people, and lots of patriotic decorations. Fayetteville gets all decked out in red, white, and blue for Independence day. Take a stroll or a drive and admire all of the patriotic decorations while soaking up our small-town charm. Our community presence in addition to a love of and pride for veterans makes Fayetteville a very patriotic town. You will see hometown hero flags honoring veterans strung throughout town. American flags are mounted throughout the town and we may set the record for the most Americana bunting per capita in the state.
Fayetteville’s Heritage Festival
Celebrate America’s birthday in America’s coolest small town. We invite you and your family to join our community in celebration. Experience the magic of our small-town Independence Day Celebration with Fayetteville’s Heritage Festival. This event features fun activities for the whole family with a 4th of July Parade, inflatables and field games, fireworks, and music. One of the highlights of the celebration is the Best of Small Town 4th of July Parade where you will see an explosion of patriotism with decked-out floats. The festivities will be capped off by a fireworks extravaganza at the Fayetteville Town Park at dusk on 4th.
Be In the 4th of July Parade
You are welcome to come to watch the parade, but we also invite you to be a part of the parade! The more the merrier, we encourage you to join in the fun. There are prizes for best-decorated float, ATV, and walkers. Fill out the form below to enter.
Fayetteville 5k Fun Run/Walk
Join us on Independence Day weekend for this fun run/walk hosted by the Fayetteville Bicycle Pedestrian Action Committee, supported by the Town of Fayetteville, Active SWV, and Arrowhead Bike Farm. We will meet at the Fayetteville Town Park, Shelter 3 near the dog park, and follow the beginner-friendly trails behind the park, and the fitness loop. The course will be a mix of paved and dirt path. Pre-register online, and receive a t-shirt on race day. Day-of registration will be available between 7:30 am – 8:15 am prior to the race start. T-shirts are not guaranteed for day-of registrants. The run/walk will begin at 8:30 am.
Red White & Beautiful Contest
It is known that we go a little extra in celebration of Independence day in Fayetteville and one way we love to celebrate is by getting fully decked out in red, white, and blue attire for the festivities. We would love for you to join in the fun with our Red White & Beautiful Contest. To enter the contest don your stars and stripes, red white, and blue or most patriotic costume, and tag us at @vistfayettevillewv on our Facebook and Instagram as you share your photos. We will be selecting winners for prizes from July 3rd-4th. If your furbabies like to get festive they are encouraged to enter the contest with you.
ACE Big Air Blob Competition
Gather at Wonderland Water Park at Ace Adventure Resort for the 11th Annual Big Air Blob Competition. Fireworks won’t be the only thing rocketing skyward on Independence Day. Teams of two will compete for the most outrageous blob of the day. Judges will score up to 10 points per blob based on form, height or just sheer craziness. Cash Prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners!
Fourth of July Fireworks in Fayetteville
There is something special about gathering with your community and watching fireworks together that brings families coming back year after year. The Town of Fayetteville Fire Department puts on an awesome show! The Duffy Boyd Blue Grass band will kick things off at the park with live music from 3 pm to 5 pm followed by the Two Broke Band from 6 pm to 9 pm. There will be lots of fun for the kids with inflatables by Party Palooza. Fireworks will be at dusk visible from the town park.
4th of July Eats and Treats
It is hard to think of the 4th of July without the smell of the grill and lots of BBQ. Get your BBQ on at Firecreek BBQ & Steaks and the Pink Pig and enjoy live music at both throughout the weekend. Hot dogs are a 4th of July staple and the West Virginia Dog is a must. Stop by Swiftwater General Store in Lansing to experience a West Virginia dog. (Pro tip- do not ask for ketchup) You can’t do an Independence Day celebration in West Virginia without a cobbler. Stop by Cathedral Cafe for the best cobbler in town. If a picinc is part of your plans stock up at The Station Market and grab lots of goodies from their convenient grab and go cooler stocked with pie, chicken salad, pasta salad,and all the picinc essentials. Studio B Art & Beer Gallery has the largest selection of gourmet cheeses, meats, crackers, jelly spreads, and stuffe grape leaves for another picnic option. At some point during your stay you have to stop by The Stache and enjoy an icecream cone on a bench downtown. Fayetteville is home to two brewiers, The Freefolk Brewery and Bridge Brew Works along with The Southside Junction Tap House. If you are craving an outdoor atmoshpere, the company of goats and a full biergarten head over to Arrowhead Bike Farm to dine at the Handle Bar and enjoy the best bratts in town.