47th Annual 4th of July Powwow with Fireworks on July 2 | Cherokee, NC

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47th Annual 4th of July Powwow with Fireworks on July 2

Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 3

This event features fireworks of another kind, which means a three-day explosion of authentic Indian music, dancing, food, and festivities. Dance competitions kick off the excitement with over $150,000 in prize money. Spectators travel cross-country to see a powwow as spectacular as this. So come join us as the ground erupts in a sea of twirling color at the height of our tourist season. This action-packed weekend includes colorful regalia, jaw-dropping dances, and music made to move you. Experience authentic tribal foods, browse traditional Indian crafts, and get an insider’s look at a rich, ancient culture. Cost is $15 daily. Please note that this event is cash only. Children 6 and under are free.

Tentative Event Schedule:

Friday, July 1, 2022
12–6 p.m. Registration (begins for dancers at 12 p.m.)
​5 p.m. Gates Open/Arts & Crafts/Concession Open
6:45 p.m. Drum Roll will be called
7 p.m. Presentation of Colors and Grand Entry, Men's Grass Specials, Tiny Tots, Junior Girls, Junior Boys, Golden Age Men, Golden Age Women, Women's Northern and Southern Traditional Specials,
10:30 p.m. Friday Night Closes

Saturday, July 2, 2022
9 a.m.–12 p.m. Registration 
12 p.m. Gates Open
12:45 p.m. Drum Roll will be called
1 p.m. Grand Entry
1:30 p.m. Intertribal, Tiny Tots, Drum Contest, Men's Smoke Dance Specials, Junior Girls/Junior Boys, Teen Contest, Men's/Women's Dance Contest
5 p.m. Intertribal
5:30–6:30 p.m. Supper Break
6:45 p.m. Drum Roll will be called
7 p.m. Grand Entry, Tiny Tots/Jr.'s, Women's Contest, Men's Contest, Women's Smoke Dance Specials, Intertribal, Men's Fancy Dance Specials
10 p.m. Closing of Powwow and Fireworks

Sunday, July 3, 2022
12 p.m. Gates Open
1 p.m. Grand Entry/Tiny Tots, Intertribal, Women's Contest, Men's Contest, Specials, Men's Team Dance, Women's Team Dance, Drum Contest, Ties and Runoffs, Intertribal
6 p.m. Winners Announced


Cherokee Acquoni Expo Center 

1501 Acquoni Rd.
Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact: Daniel Tramper
Phone: 828.497.7128

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