44th Annual 4th of July Powwow and Fireworks, taking place from Friday July 5 through Sunday, July 7, 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 $102,000 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. 

Tentative Event Schedule:

Friday, July 5

  • 5 p.m. Gates Open/Arts & Crafts/Concession Open
  • 12–6 p.m. Registration (begins for dancers at 12 p.m.)
  • 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, Cherokee Warrior Specials
  • 10:30 p.m. Friday Night Closes

Saturday, July 6, 2019

  • 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. Fireworks and Closing of Powwow

Sunday, July 7, 2019

  • 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

The event takes place at the Acquoni Expo Center 1501 Acquoni Road in Cherokee. Cost is $12 daily. Please note that this event is cash only. Children 6 and under are free.

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