One of the highlights of the summertime in the High Country is the many Fourth of July festivities that take place around Independence day. Photo by Ken Ketchie
The Downtown Boone Fourth of July Parade is an annual tradition that takes place on King Street, with floats, decorated cars, performers and spectators as far as the eye can see. Photo by Ken Ketchie
Each Independence Day, King Street in Downtown Boone fills up with excited people and banter as spectators await the start of one of the best summer parades around. Photo by Ken Ketchie
Downtown Blowing Rock celebrates Fourth of July on Saturday, with a festival and a parade down Main Street. Droves of excited families, couples and groups line the streets in anticipation. Photo by Ken Ketchie
In Downtown Boone, decorated cars, floats and more lead the procession down King Street each and every year in celebration of Independence Day. Photo by Ken Ketchie
It seems as if the entire county turns out to celebrate together during the Boone Fourth of July Parade every year. Photo by Ken Ketchie
All Fourth of July parades and festivals around the High Country are family friendly and are a great way to get the kids outside to enjoy a beautiful summer day. Photo by Ken Ketchie
Each year, the Watauga Community Band turns out to play some tunes to celebrate the Fourth of July with the residents and visitors of Boone right outside the Jones House. Photo by Ken Ketchie
The Fourth of July events in downtown Blowing Rock wouldn’t be complete without a salute, and tons of activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. Photo by Ken Ketchie
Fourth of July festivities wouldn’t be compete without delicious summer treats. And what delectable snack could signal the Fourth of July better than fresh-cut watermelon? Photo by Ken Ketchie
After the parade, many Boone residents and visitors take a break from the sunshine in the shade on the lawn at the Jones House and listen to a storyteller tell tales of times past. Photo by Ken Ketchie

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4th Of July

WHAT'S HAPPENING

The High Country is one of the best places to spend the Fourth of July with family and friends. With our great summer climate and even better small town feel, the High Country has some of the best choices for Independence Day entertainment. From the huge downtown festivals to the small town parades, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.


Parades

Downtown Blowing Rock Fourth of July Festival and Parade: The Blowing Rock Downtown Fourth of July Festival and Parade will take place July 4 from 9am to 10pm in Downtown Blowing Rock. The festival will include events like horse shoe tournaments, park games, water balloon toss, watermelon eating contests, face painting, a climbing tower, patriotic sing-along, live music and of course, the Independence Day Parade at 2pm. Don’t forget to stay for the fireworks at the Blowing Rock Country Club at 9:30pm. For more information, call 828-295-4636.

Downtown Boone Fourth of July Parade: The downtown Boone Fourth of July Parade is a High Country tradition that takes place every year on July 4 at 11am rain or shine. The parade starts at Horn in the West Drive and concludes at the Poplar Grove Extension on King Street near Galileo’s. Local businesses, organizations, volunteers and more take to the streets in the parade, with festivities held at Clawson-Burnley Park starting at 7pm and fireworks at 9:30pm. For more information, call 828-262-4532.

Banner Elk Fourth of July Parade: The Banner Elk Fourth of July Parade is held each year on July 4 in downtown Banner Elk in Avery County. The parade begins at 11am and leads to the annual “Party in the Park” at Tate Evans Park in downtown Banner Elk hosted by the Town of Banner Elk and the Banner Elk Kiwanis Club. The party includes food, games and the “Great American Duck Races” for fun all day long. For more information call 828-898-5398.

Elkland Art Center Liberty Day Parade: For the past ten years, Elkland Art Center has hosted The Liberty Parade, an expression of community spirit presented through costumes, props, and giant puppets in Todd, NC on the Fourth of July. This year's theme is "Justice for All". The parade will feature "Winds of Change," giant puppets representing the East and West Winds, bringing new life and inspiration to all.
Arrive at 10:30 to get a costume, prop, or pick your favorite giant puppet! The parade begins in a field at the corner of NC Highway 194N and Railroad Grade Rd in Todd, NC at 11:00 am. For more information, call 336-877-5016.


Fireworks

Tweetsie Railroad Fireworks Extravaganza: Tweetsie Railroad hosts the annual Tweetsie Railroad Fireworks Extravaganza on Friday, July 4. The park remains open until 9 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9:30. The cost is $10 per car. One of the most popular events on the mountain, this event allows guests to enjoy fireworks under the stars after the park closes. There is even an optional dinner buffet at the Hacienda before the show! For more information, visit www.Tweetsie.com.

Beech Mountain Annual Roasting of the Hog and Fireworks: The 48th annual Roasting of the Hog is scheduled for July 4, 2015. This year, celebrate independence day with Beech Mountain, with the hog roasting all day to perfection and cut up right in front of the crowd. With music, moon pies, games, and fireworks, this is a family affair that you wont want to miss! The roasting will take place Saturday July 4th, 2015 at 6pm. For more information, or to inquire about purchasing tickets, please call 828-387-9283.