A High Country Fourth of July

Article Published: Jun. 28, 2012 | Modified: Jul. 5, 2012
A High Country Fourth of July

Fourth of July in the High Country means parades to be enjoyed by spectators — and participants — of all ages.
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The 236th celebration of the United States of America’s signing of the Declaration of Independence will not go unnoticed in the northwestern portion of North Carolina.

People from all walks of life in the High Country have the opportunity to take part in celebrations and festivities for the Fourth of July next Wednesday and prior to that date in various towns and communities.

Read the list of events below for the closest parade, celebration or fireworks display in the area.

Downtown Blowing Rock Parade

On Saturday, June 30, Blowing Rock will begin celebrating the nation’s anniversary of independence with a day full of fun and activities for all in its downtown district.

A horseshoe tournament, climbing tower, park games, bouncy castles, live entertainment and a parade beginning at 2 p.m. are just a few of the activities scheduled for the day. The day will conclude with fireworks at the Blowing Rock Country Club at 9:30 p.m.

Beech Mountain Roasting of the Hog

Beech Mountain will not only celebrate the anniversary of America’s freedom Saturday, but also the 47th anniversary of the Roasting of the Hog at Beech Mountain Resort at 6 p.m.

While people dig into the hog, the Smokey Breeze Band will perform while, face painting, entertainment for children, rides, fireworks and other activities will be available.
Fireworks are scheduled to blast off at dusk.

Advance ticket sales are $15 for adults and $7.50 for kids. Tickets at the door will cost $20 and $10, respectively. Tickets are available online at http://www.beechmountainchamber.com.

Fourth of July Science Kids Workshop

One day before Independence Day, let your kids make some creative chemical reactions.
At the Old Cove Creek School Picnic Shelter in Sugar Grove, the Fourth of July Science Kids Workshop will engage kids’ interest in chemistry Tuesday. All participants will get to take part in different chemical reactions, as well one that will be tasty and edible.

This workshop is available for anyone 8 years old and older, and advanced registration is requested to ensure availability.

The workshop lasts from 10 a.m. until noon and costs $5.

Lib-AIR-Todd Parade

The theme for the Liberty Parade in Todd this year is the element of air, and the Elkland Art Center will sponsor a display of crafts themed with the wind and air Wednesday, July 4.

Creations like pinwheels, wind socks and other fabrications that take flight with the wind will be present with the incorporation of a Latin influence. This will be done in part with the help of local Latina artists.

The Elkland Art Center will hold workshops in the Ashe and Watauga areas through Ashe County 4-H, The Florence Thomas Art School and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts for free or at low cost. The last workshop will be held Saturday in Todd on Railroad Grade Road at the old bank building beside the Todd Mercantile.

Anyone who wishes to participate and dress in costume for the parade should meet at the field across the bridge at the corner of N.C. 194 North and Railroad Grade Road in Todd at 10:30 a.m. The parade begins at 11 a.m. Food will be provided by Vitality, Bare Essentials and Hispanic vendors.

Downtown Boone Fourth of July Parade

Starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Boone’s business district will become the site of the annual Downtown Boone Fourth of July Parade.

The parade begins at Horn in the West Drive, goes down King Street and to the Poplar Grove Extension.

After the parade, the Jones House Community Center will have watermelon and cake starting at noon, and the celebration continues in Clawson Burnley Park, where music with D.J. Carl and a fireworks show begin at 7 p.m. The fireworks will be lit at “dark-thirty,” or 30 minutes after it gets dark, according to flyer for the event.

Celebration at the Orchard - Spruce Pine

At the Historic Orchard at Altapass, located at Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 328.3, the traditional Celebration at the Orchard returns to celebrate America’s independence.

The event will showcase live music, free of charge, from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The only admission into this celebration is a dish to share that is large enough for your party with a little extra to share with the musicians. If guests do not wish to bring a dish, they are asked to pay $12 per meal.

The Orchard will supply barbecue, water, iced tea and paper products at the celebration.

Downtown Banner Elk Parade AND ‘Party in the Park’

Banner Elk’s traditional Fourth of July parade will kick off at 11 a.m. at the Lees-McRae College library on campus. The parade will continue through downtown Banner Elk.

The parade and the following “Party in the Park” at Tate Evans Park are both free and open to everyone. At the “Party in the Park,” a used book sale, rubber duck races, games for children of all ages, food and crafts will be available.

Newland Fireworks July 4

The parade will not take place this year. When the sun sets, the town of Newland will provide its own fireworks show for any and all spectators in the county seat.

Bethel Blast

Bethel Baptist Church will hold its annual Fourth of July celebration, Bethel Blast, Wednesday, free, and welcomes everyone to take part in the festivities.

Bethel Blast will last from 5 to 10 p.m. at Bethel Park. At the blast, everyone can enjoy music, barbecue, fireworks, fellowship and plenty of fun for all ages.

Cranberry Community Independence Day Celebration

The Fourth of July will be recognized in the community of Cranberry with a parade beginning at 6 p.m. (lineup starting at 5:30 p.m.) on Tucker Hollow Road.

After the parade, the festivities continue with a cookout at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Mountain Home Music: Bluegrass & Brass

The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys and the King Street Brass will perform music that is “akin to New Orleans Dixieland,” according to a press release on July Fourth at Blowing Rock School Auditorium. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., with ticket prices at $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Student tickets are $10, and children’s tickets cost $5.

The Bluegrass Boys are comprised of David Johnson, Steve Lewis and Scott Freeman. The brass band is made up of Harold McKinney, Bill Jones, Sarah Storms and others.

This annual concert by Mountain Home Music is a celebration of July Fourth, as well as a special salute to veterans.

Tweetsie’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

After the train rides and regularly scheduled activities at Tweetsie Railroad come to a close this Wednesday, the celebration begins.

Tweetsie will remain open until 9 p.m., with its July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, beginning at 9:30 p.m., lighting up the Blue Ridge sky for everyone to see.

In addition, Tweetsie Railroad will hold a buffet chicken and barbecue dinner with sides. Ticket prices for the dinner are $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for kids ages 3 to 12 and free for kids younger than 2. Parking for the fireworks show is $5 per vehicle.

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Fourth of July in the High Country means parades to be enjoyed by spectators — and participants — of all ages.
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Tweetsie Railroad hosts its annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza Wednesday, July 4.
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The Todd Liberty Parade invites all to take part in the procession down Railroad Grade Road.
Photo by Frank Ruggiero

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