Coming to the mountains for the Fourth of July is a tradition as old as the automobile. For generations, families have come to the High Country from places like Charlotte and Greensboro to beat the oppressive heat of July in the Southeast.
Today, our communities welcome everyone to our Fourth of July home town events, which include Boone’s parade and festivities on the fourth, Blowing Rock’s parade and Memorial Park celebration on the Saturday closest to the fourth, and a giant fireworks display at Tweetsie Railroad after sunset on the fourth.
This year, Fourth of July will coincide with West Jefferson’s annual Christmas in July Festival. Held on Friday evening and all day Saturday, Christmas in July features arts and crafts, live music, food vendors, dancing, Civil War re-enactors, athletic competitions and much more.
Other local celebrations include Beech Mountain’s annual Roasting of the Hog, the Liberty Parade in Todd, the Celebration at the Orchard in Spruce Pine, Downtown Banner Elk’s annual Parade and Party in the Park, Fireworks in Newland, the Bethel Blast, frog jumping and fireworks at Crossnore and the Cranberry Community Independence Day Celebration.