Fourth of July Celebration

The Fourth of July Celebration is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and NC Executive Order #147.  The Whitewater Center property and activities remain available. View Hours of Operation on the Calendar. Please contact Guest Services with any questions – 

A summer classic, Whitewater’s two-day Fourth of July Celebration is back with plenty of opportunities to get outside over the holidays. In addition to pass activities, the festival will feature live music, various yoga practices, Battle Royale SUP Sprint, and two days of fireworks overlooking the world’s largest manmade 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.



Friday, July 3, 2020:

Saturday, July 4, 2020:

Battle Royale:

Battle Royale is a head-to-head SUP Sprint on the Lower Pond of the Whitewater Center in which participants will navigate various buoys and currents in a tournament-style bracket. This beginner-friendly race is a perfect opportunity to add some competition into the holiday weekend. Race registration includes the stand-up paddleboard and all equipment needed.


Join us at South Ridge (see festival map below for location) for yoga during both days of the Fourth of July Celebration. Practices are one hour in duration and are led by a certified yoga instructor. More information and details 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; 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.

SUP Yoga times and registration coming soon.

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.

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