Independence Week

at Bear Lake Reserve

July 1st – July 7th

Our Hearts Beat True for the Red, White & Blue

Turn your 4th of July holiday into a weeklong celebration of our great nation during Independence Week at Bear Lake Reserve!

Check out the plethora of patriotic activities and events we have planned below, including our biggest gathering of the year: the annual 4th of July Festival & Fireworks Display.

Featured Events

Stars & Stripes Tie-dye

Mon, July 1st
1PM–2PM, Location: Pool

Pop Culture Trivia

Mon, July 1st
4PM–5PM, Location: Taproom

Firefly Hike 

Mon, July 1st
8:30PM–9:30PM, Location: Greeter’s Cottage  

Lakeside Bowling 

Tues, July 2nd
11AM–12PM, Location: The Point

Wilderness Skills Series: Stream Snorkeling

Tues, July 2nd
4PM–5PM, Location: Bear Creek Park

Red, White & Bingo 

Tues, July 2nd
6PM-7PM, Location: Taproom

Guided Hike: Bear Pen Branch Falls

Wed, July 3rd
11AM-12:30PM, Location: Bear Creek Park

Lakeview DIY: Bath Bomb Creations

Wed, July 3rd
1PM-3PM, Location: Lake Club

Cornhole Tournament 

Wed, July 3rd
4PM-5PM, Location: The Point

Grill N’ Chill at the Summit

Wed, July 3rd
5:30PM–9PM, Location: The Summit

Kayak Fishing Excursion 

Thurs, July 4th
11AM-12PM, Location: Marina

Water Balloon Dodgeball

Thurs, July 4th
1PM-2PM, Location: The Point

4th of July Festival 

Thurs, July 4th
6PM-10PM, Location: The Amphitheater 

Join us this Independence Day for a grand celebration and concert at the Amphitheater! The event begins at 6:00 pm and fireworks start at 9:30 pm. We will have various lawn games, temporary tattoos, popcorn, s’mores and cotton candy, dinner and desserts, and a cash bar available. Throughout the night, we will be selling event tickets that can be exchanged for tasty treats or used to participate in our carnival games. Be sure to check out our newest addition to the 4th of July fun, a dunk tank! Test your aim and try to dunk our brave volunteers into the water!

You won’t want to miss our live music entertainment for the night! Known as the Carolinas’ most authentic variety band, Chris Taylor and the Rumor will be performing throughout the night, leading up to our fireworks extravaganza at 9:30pm!


  • Lake Club Kitchen closes at 3PM, Paddlebacks Pool Bar closes at 4PM, Lake Club doors locked at 5PM
  • Food service and concert begin at 6:00 pm
  • Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm – Please note that the surrounding roads will be blocked off from 9 pm until approximately 10:30 pm to ensure everyone’s safety.

Please note: no outside food or beverage is permitted

Guided Hike: Bear Creek Park Loop  

Fri, July 5th
10AM11AM, Location: Bear Creek Park 

Kayak Sprint

Fri, July 5th
11AM-12PM, Location: Marina

Rubber Duck Derby 

Fri, July 5th
2:30PM-3:30PM, Location: Bear Creek Park

Red, White & Blue Classic Golf Tournament 

Sat, July 6th
10AM, Location: Golf Pro Shop

Bear Creek Park Discovery Days : Family Obstacle Course

Sat, July 6th
10:30AM-12PM, Location: Bear Creek Park

Liberty Limbo 

Sat, July 6th
2PM-2:30PM, Location: Beach 

Wilderness Skills Series : Stream Snorkeling 

Sat, July 6th
4PM-5PM, Location: Bear Creek Park

Stars & Stripes Summit Cinema

Sat, July 6th
9PM-11PM, Location: The Summit

Pickleball Tournament

Sun, July 7th
10AM-12PM, Location: The Courts

Poolside Sundae Social 

Sun, July 7th
1PM-2PM, Location: Pool

Cozy Camp-In Cinema: 4th of July Family Fun 

Sun, July 7th
6PM-8PM, Location: Downstairs Lake Club  

Sunset Cruise

Sun, July 7th
8PM-9PM, Location: Marina
(Also offered Thursday through Sunday)

The Summit Food Truck

Grab a cocktail before you head out for a round of golf or refuel after a spirited pickleball match at our brand-new Summit Food Truck. It’s the perfect place to kick back, mingle with friends, and enjoy the mountain views.

Holiday Hours of Operation:
Monday, Thursday–Sunday: 9am – 3pm
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 9am – 7pm


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Dining at Bear Lake Reserve

Enjoy an elevated dining experience paired with breathtaking views of Bear Creek Lake and the Blue Ridge Mountains at the Lake Club.

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