Fourth of July Celebration

A summer classic, Whitewater’s two-day Fourth of July Celebration is back for its ninth year and will once again provide plenty of opportunities to get outside and active over the holidays. In addition to the typical pass activities and tour options, the festival will also feature live music, various yoga practices, Battle Royale SUP Sprint, and two days of booming firework shows overlooking the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. As with all of Whitewater’s Festivals, the Fourth of July Celebration is free to attend, open to the public, and does not require tickets.



Wednesday, July 3, 2019:

Thursday, July 4, 2019:

Battle Royale:

Battle Royale is a head-to-head SUP Sprint on the lower pond of the USNWC in which participants will navigate various buoys and currents in a tournament-style bracket.  This beginner friendly race (race registration includes the Stand-up Paddleboard and all equipment needed) is a perfect opportunity to add some friendly competition into the holiday weekend. Please note that participants will not be allowed to utilize their own personal boards.


Join us at the South Ridge (see festival map below for location) for yoga during both days of the 4th of July Celebration. Practices are one hour in duration and are led by a certified yoga instructor. Regular Yoga Series practices will take place as scheduled, as well as SUP Yoga at 9:00am and 11:00am on Wednesday (July 3), and additional practices on Thursday (July 4) – SUP Yoga at 9:00am and 11:00am, and Acro Yoga at 4:30pm. More information and details on the Whitewater Yoga Series can be found here.

SUP Yoga:

SUP Yoga offers guests the chance to take their yoga practice to the water atop stand-up paddle boards. Practice will be led by a local certified instructor on the flatwater of the Catawba River. All guests must register for a SUP Yoga time slot in order to participate in the class. For guests looking participate in SUP Yoga, there will be a $25 SUP Yoga registration fee (register online by clicking the practice you would like to attend in the festival schedule above); for Annual Pass holders and Day Pass holders there is no charge, but guests must register for the class at Guest Services or at the Kayak Center to secure a spot. Guests bringing their own board will be allowed to take the class at no cost, but are not guaranteed a spot on the anchor system.

  • Registration is first come, first serve (register online by clicking the practice you would like to attend in the festival schedule above). Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to class start.
  • All equipment is provided with registration fee. This includes SUP board, paddle, PFD (Personal Flotation Device), and anchor.
  • Suggested personal items include: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, towel, and comfortable walking shoes.

Carolina Raptor Center Activities:

Join the Carolina Raptor Center for a series of themed games and activities at the Fourth of July Celebration at the Whitewater Center. Learn about the wildlife rehabilitation of numerous bird species and get first-hand knowledge on sustainability through various games and activities like Raptor Quest Race, Raptor Avatar Quiz and more. 

This takes place at the Whitewater Center at the Adventure Pavilion on July 3  4 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm each day. This event is free to attend, open to the public, and does not require tickets.  

Festival Map:

Additional Event Info:

  • Due to the amount of vehicles exiting after the Fourth of July Celebration, all lanes of Whitewater Center Parkway will be used for traffic outflow during the hours of 9:30pm – 10:45pm on July 3 and 4.  Access via Whitewater Center Parkway will be closed during that time (this includes all ridesharing providers).  Any pick-ups during this time will stage at Whitewater Academy and Middle School until normal traffic flow resumes.
  • You are responsible for your own safety at all times and you must exercise extreme caution during your visit due to the inherently dangerous activities and elements at the USNWC.
  • The USNWC does not allow coolers or outside food and beverage. All bags are subject to search.
  • The USNWC is a smoke-free facility. This includes electronic cigarettes and vapes.
  • Pets must be on a leash at all times.
  • Events are scheduled to proceed rain or shine.  In the event of severe weather, the USNWC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel live music performances.
  • Please visit our Festival & Concert FAQ for venue guidelines and additional information.
  • The USNWC does not have lodging or camping available on site. For local lodging, please visit our Accommodations page.