The Town of Boone will celebrate the 4th of July holiday with a full day of activities, including a downtown parade, the reveal of the Watauga County Veterans’ memorial, fireworks, live music and more.
Prior to the start of the downtown parade at 11:00 A.M., the High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and the Town of Boone will dedicate the Watauga County Veterans’ Memorial. The memorial, designed by local artist Suzie Hallier, honors the five different service branches of the military: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The dedication ceremony will begin at 9:45 A.M. in front of the memorial on King Street next to Town Hall, located at 567 West King Street.
Following the memorial dedication, the 4th of July parade will kick-off at 11:00 A.M. on King Street. The Town of Boone is proud to honor 2018 Grand Marshalls, Jerry and Margaret Moore. The parade will start at the Poplar Grove Extension traveling East on King Street through downtown Boone, concluding at Appalachian State University’s Legends Parking lot, located on Hardin Street.
Parade spots are quickly filling up and we encourage community groups to submit a parade registration form soon to ensure a spot in the parade. To participate in the parade, please fill out parade registration forms, which can be located online at joneshouse.org/4th-of-july-parade-celebration/. Please note, every parade participant must complete an individual release form in order to be part of the parade. For more information, please visit the Jones House online at joneshouse.org. Registration forms should be returned to the Jones House by July 3rd to ensure a space in the parade.
Following the parade, the Town of Boone and the Jones House will continue the celebration with free cake and watermelon on the Jones House lawn. Join Mayor Rennie Brantz, Town Council members and town staff under the shade of the Jones House maple trees for a slice of cake from Stick Boy Bread Company and a slice of fresh watermelon.
The fun continues later that evening at Clawson-Burnley Park, located on Hunting Hills Lane, near the “Tot Lot,” baseball fields and Greenway. The fun starts at 7:00 P.M. with music provided by DJ Carl. Local food and snack vendors will be on site, too. The public is invited to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the annual fireworks display, which will begin around 9:30 P.M.
For more information about July 4th activities please visit contact the Town of Boone’s Cultural Resources Department at 828.268.6280 or visit the Jones House online at www.joneshouse.org