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4th Of July

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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.