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Boone’s 4th of July Parade Drew Bigger Crowd Than Seen in Previous Years, Participation Rises

While the Fourth of July has been around for as long as we can all remember, the Boone 4th of July Parade that took place yesterday was the biggest celebration to take place in downtown Boone in a long time. 

“I was thrilled with the participation and the crowd,” Pilar Fotta, Director of Cultural Resources at the Jones House, said. “We had 50 applicants participate, many of which were large groups.”

The parade drew crowds that were larger than previous years, resulting in a downtown that was abuzz with patriotic celebration and community. 

“Attendance was one of the largest I’ve seen,” Fotta said, “and we were delighted that so many people joined us at the Jones House following the parade to enjoy a slice of cold watermelon and cake from Stick Boy Bread Company.”

According to Fotta, they ended up serving 11 large watermelons and just under 500 pieces of cakes — a new record at the Jones House!

After the parade, there were festivities at Clawson-Burnley Park, including music from D.J. Carl, snack trucks and the biggest fireworks display to date.

“The addition of snack trucks was well received,” Fotta said, “and something we would like to expand for 2018.”

The parade and festivities were all a major success, bringing out what seemed like the entire community of Boone to line the streets of downtown for this spectacular 4th of July celebration. 

“I consider myself fortunate to work for an Administration and Town Council that continue to support the activities and events that make this community special,” Fotta said. 

Photo by Ken Ketchie: