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Marching On: Join the Parades in Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Todd and Crossnore

Get ready to celebrate our nation’s independence with one of the holiday’s most time-honored traditions. Join the lineup to walk in one of these local parades on Saturday or get there early to find a good spot!

Click here to read more about festivities going on throughout the High Country on Saturday, July 4.

Click here to find out where you can catch the fireworks in the area.


Boone Parade — 11 a.m.

The annual Town of Boone parade will leave from the Poplar Grove Extension at 11 a.m. and travel east through downtown Boone on King Street, concluding in the Legends parking lot on the campus of ASU.

Boone parade

Jane Ann Hodges, who recently retired after 29 years of service as the Watauga County elections director, will serve as grand marshal this year.

The Watauga Community Band will perform patriotic songs and other favorites from the porch of the Jones House throughout the parade.

After the parade, meet Mayor Andy Ball and town staff under the maple trees on the Jones House lawn for watermelon and cake from Stick Boy.

Click here to read more about other Fourth of July festivities going on in Boone later in the day.


Blowing Rock Parade — 2 p.m.

The parade in Blowing Rock will begin at 2 p.m. and travel along Main Street downtown.

Beginning at 9 a.m., a horseshoe tournament, park games and live entertainment will precede the parade. More live music and fireworks at the Blowing Rock Country Club will follow the parade. Click here to see the schedule.


Banner Elk Parade — 11 a.m.

Banner Elk parade

Celebrate Independence Day with the Town of Banner Elk!

The parade will leave from Lees-McRae College at 11 a.m. and travel down Main Street.

The parade will end at Tate-Evans Park where the “party in the park” will ensue.

Want to join in on the parade? No registration is required. Dress up your car, float or bike and meet for lineup at 10 a.m.

Hosted by the Banner Elk Kiwanis Club, “party in the park” will include fun games, great food and the legendary “Great American Duck Races” all day long.

For more information on the parade visit www.bannerelk.org or call 828-898-8395


The Liberty Parade — 11 a.m.

Ready celebrate “justice for all” with the Elkland Arts Center? This year’s Liberty Parade in Todd will leave at 11 a.m. from the corner of N.C. Highway 194 N. and Railroad Grade Road.

Want to get it on the fun? Adults and children ages 12 and up (who are accompanied by an adult) are invited to walk in the parade. The arts center will provide costumes, giant puppets and props for people of all ages and abilities. Bring your own instrument if you want to play along! Join the lineup at 10:30 a.m.

Festivities at Annie Cook Park will follow the parade.


Crossnore Parade — 4 p.m.

The Crossnore parade will march at 4 p.m. and will be followed by free watermelon and other goodies. Enjoy the craft fair before the parade and street dancing and fireworks later in the evening.

Click here to learn more.