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Independence Day celebrations

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Jun. 27, 2013 | Modified: Jul. 4, 2013
Independence Day celebrations

For most Americans, the Fourth of July holiday is a time for celebrating the nation’s independence and for expressing their appreciation to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in ensuring our day-to-day liberties.

Across the High Country, as well as countless neighborhoods nationwide, picnics and fireworks displays are just a few of the many special gatherings that abound the area next week.

The following is a compilation of several Independence Day happenings scheduled across Boone and the rest of the High Country.

Boone’s annual Fourth of July Parade will take place in the downtown area at 11 a.m. This year’s grand marshals will be Robert and Agnes Shipley. The parade will travel down King Street before coming to an end at the Poplar Grove Extension. After the parade, be sure to check out evening festivities at Clawson/Burnley Park off Hunting Hill Lane at 7 p.m. Fireworks by Zambelli will commence at 9:30 p.m. and followed with several “oohs” and “ahhs.”

Downtown is not the only location where you can catch brilliant displays of color and sparkling cascades of fireworks this Fourth of July.

Tweetsie Railroad is more than just Wild West fun this Fourth of July, as the park will also entertain locals with its own thunderous firework show. With a backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains and a reminder of the Old West days, Tweetsie will treat patrons to a spectacular fireworks show at 9 p.m. Parking is $5 per car. Daily admission is $37 for adults and $23 for children ages 3 to 12. The park’s daily hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce will hold a Fourth of July Parade at 11 a.m. and will proceed from Lees-McRae College to Tate Evans Park. The parade lineup begins at 10 a.m. Jim Swinkola will be this year’s grand marshal. The festivities continue after the parade with the annual “Party in the Park” at Tate Evans Park. The celebration will include food vendors, children’s games and the “Great American Duck Races.” Tickets to sponsor a duck in the race can be obtained from any Banner Elk Kiwanis member or may be purchased at the park the day of the event. Tickets are $5 each. For more information, visit the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce at 100 W. Main St. or call (828) 898-5717.
The Fourth of July Holiday begins with a live motorcycle show at 9 a.m. at Ashe County Park. Live music begins at 4 p.m. at the Russ Blevins Shelter with Appalachian Mountain Girls and will be followed by the Grayson Highlands Band at 5:15 p.m., The ToneBlazers at 6:30 p.m. and True Heart at 7:45 p.m.

Barbecue and funnel cakes will be available throughout the day. Jumpy rides will also be set up for the kids. Donations for the 2014 fireworks show will be accepted at the front gate. The fireworks display begins 15 minutes after dark, rain or shine.

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