by Madison V. Fisler
July 4, 2014. Happy Independence Day High Country folks! The High Country has so many exciting events to offer its community and visitors, especially on Fourth of July weekend! Check our site every Friday for something new and exciting to look forward to while you’re watching the hour hand crawl to 5 o’clock. Find live music down the street, explore a nearby town’s local secrets or try out a new square dancing class. There’s always something fun to do in the High Country.
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West Jefferson Christmas in July Festival: This year marks the 28th anniversary of the West Jefferson Christmas in July Festival. This year’s festival, held July 4 and 5 in downtown West Jefferson, will feature a wide variety of events including a giant puppet parade, roving street performers, Civil War reenactments, more than 100 craft vendors, many live musical performances, Christmas tree farm competitions and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. For more information about the Christmas in July festival, click here.
The Kitchen Witches: On July 5-13, Ensemble Stage Presents The Kitchen Witches by Caroline Smith. Tickets for the show are $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and military personnel and $11 for children age 16 and under. For more information about this event click here.
Kiss Me, Kate: Lees-McRae College is hosting its 30th Summer Theatre Series. This year’s series will be kicked off by a performance of Kiss Me, Kate, the multiple Tony Award-winning Broadway musical hit. For more information about this event click here.
Friday, July 4
Boone Fourth of July Festivities: Activities begin at 11 a.m. on King Street in downtown Boone with the annual Fourth of July parade. The Town of Boone will honor its Grand Marshals, Bricca and Sonny Sweet and celebrate “Life in Boone, How sweet it is”. The parade will travel down King Street in Downtown Boone and will conclude at Poplar Grove Extension. Following the parade, the Town of Boone will continue the celebration with cake, watermelon and a free concert on the lawn of the Jones House Cultural and Community Center. The concert will start at 1 p.m. and will feature Fat Face Band, and Liz Hayes & Common Threads. The fun continues later that evening at Clawson/Burnley Park off of Hunting Hills Lane. The entertainment starts at 7 p.m. with music provided by “Let the music play DJ Service”, followed by the annual fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. For more information about the Fourth of July activities please contact the Town of Boone at 828-268-6200 or The Jones House Cultural and Community Center at 828-268-6280. For a parade registration form, click to www.townofboone.net.
Tweetsie Railroad Fireworks Extravaganza: On Friday, July 4, Tweetsie Railroad’s parking lot will remain open until 9 p.m. for Tweetsie’s annual Fireworks Extravaganza. Tickets for the fireworks show are just $5 per car and offer a great view of one of the best fireworks displays in town. For more information about this event, click here.
Sugar Mountain Fourth of July: This Friday night feel the sensations of American patriotism as you watch the area’s fourth of July fireworks show from the top of Sugar Mountain. Scenic chairlift rides operate this Friday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. specifically for the fourth.
Banner Elk Fourth of July Parade: The Banner Elk Fourth of July Parade is held each year on July 4 in downtown Banner Elk. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and will lead into the annual “Party in the Park” at Tate-Evans Park hosted by the Town of Banner Elk and the Banner Elk Kiwanis Club. The party will include food, games and the “Great American Duck Race” for all-day fun. For more information about this event please call 828-898-5398.
Banner Elk Independence Day Art Show: Banner Elk Elementary School will host an Independence Day Fine art and Craft Show on Friday, July 4. An annual event held at the Old Banner Elk Elementary School field in beautiful downtown Banner Elk, NC. Over 75 Handmade Fine Artists & Craftsman from around the country will be here to showcase their work.
Beech Mountain Independence Day Picnic: The Beech Mountain Independence Day Picnic will be held from 12-2 p.m. on July 4 at Buckeye Recreation Center for some good old fashioned picnic food and games. Activities will include a bounce house, relay races, food and national pride. For more information call the Recreation Department at 828-387-3003.
Liberty Day Parade: The Elkland Art Center in Todd will host the annual Liberty Day Parade on July 4 at Railroad Grade Road in Todd. The parade officially begins at 11 a.m. and is a great choice for those looking for a small but exciting and colorful parade to attend. For more information, call 336-877-5016.
Crossnore Independence Day Celebration: Crossnore will host an Independence Day celebration with a day long craft fair, face painting, cake walk, arts and crafts, frog jumping contest, Honorary Veterans Ceremony, street dance, fireworks and festivities until dark.
Newland Fireworks: Newland will host a car show from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., a parade starting at 12 p.m. and bouncy houses.
Pack the Bus: Pack-the-Bus will be back in the Yadkin Bank parking lot starting July 4 and running until Aug. 4. Similar to last year, organizers of Watauga’s Back 2 School Festival will park a big yellow school bus at Yadkin Bank to collect school supplies for this year’s festival. Individuals, families and groups wishing to donate school supplies can drop them off at the bus anytime during regular business hours. For more information about this event click here.
Concerts at the Jones House: The Jones House will be jamming on July 4 following the parade. In addition to the festive music of the community band and the traditional cake and watermelon served on the Jones House lawn after the parade, two bands will be performing as part of the regular Friday Concerts at the Jones House series. For more information about this event click here.
Saturday, July 5
Blowing Rock Fourth of July Festival: The annual Fourth of July Festival and Parade will be held in Downtown Blowing Rock on Saturday, July 5 from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Festivities will include a horse shoes tournament; park games including water balloon toss, watermelon eating contests, face painting and more; a climbing tower, bounce obstacle course, a clogger performance, patriotic sing-along, live music and fireworks at the Blowing Rock Country Club. The parade will take place at 2 p.m. on Main Street. For more information about this event, call 828-295-5222.
47th Annual Roasting of the Hog: The 47th Annual Roasting of the Hog and Fireworks Display is scheduled for July 5 at 6 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce. Celebrate Independence Day with Beech Mountain with a hog roasted all day long to perfection and cut right in front of the crowd. Enjoy music, yummy moon pies, games and fireworks at the very end of the night.For more information about this event, call 828-387-9283.
New River Boys at Cook Park: The Todd Summer Music Series presents The New River Boys at Cook Park on July 5 starting at 6 p.m.
Each concert is free of charge and family friendly, but donations are accepted at each concert and are greatly appreciated. For more information about this event click here.
Coffee Talk: Highly collected and admired painter Joseph Cave will be celebrating Independence Day weekend at the Art Cellar Gallery. His work is featured along with painter Richard Oversmith in the gallery’s newest exhibition, “Two Views” which opened July 2 and runs through July 26. On Saturday, July 5, Joseph Cave will be at the gallery for a Saturday Coffee Talk from 10 a.m.-noon. For more information about this event click here.
Seven Devils’ Safety Fest: The Town of Seven Devils is hosting its 11th annual Safety Fest on Saturday, July 5 at the Seven Devils Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in order to help raise money for the Seven Devils Fire Department, Police Department and Public Safety Department. It will feature a full BBQ meal, a craft fair, a raffle, a silent auction and numerous activities for kids. For more information about this event click here.
The Great American Barbecue: If you’re looking for a fun way to catch the fireworks show in Blowing Rock on Saturday, July 5, look no further than the Green Park Inn. Aside from offering one of the most spectacular views of the fireworks show, for three years the Green Park Inn has hosted the Great American Barbeque event that features a delicious barbeque dinner, a cash bar, a corn hole contest, live music and more. For more information about this event click here.