By Maria Richardson
Many came out onto the golf course at the Blowing Rock Country Club to enjoy the colorful show.
According to American History-Fourth of July’s History Facts, “The first Fourth of July celebration took place in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776. To gather the people for a reading of the Declaration of Independence the Liberty Bell was sounded from Independence Hall. Independence Day celebrations today are not much different from the original Fourth of July proceedings. Instead of fireworks they used bonfires and instead of parades with floats and candy political men would give speeches for upcoming elections. The people would ring bells and march in the streets. In 1804 the first public Fourth of July event was held at the White House. Thomas Jefferson passed away in 1826 on July fourth forever linking him to his finest achievement.”
Check out the other July 4 Community events that include Fireworks!
Wednesday, July 4 – Downtown Boone Fourth of July Parade, Snacks and Fireworks
Town of Boone has a variety of events for July 4. The parade, which begins at Horn in the West Drive and ends at Popular Grove Connector, starts at 11 a.m. Watermelon and cake will be served at the Jones House Community Center in downtown Boone at noon. Fireworks with D.J. Carl take place at Clawson/Burnley Park at “dark-thirty,” which means 30 minutes after dark. Carpooling to the parade is encouraged. For more information, call Downtown Boone Development Association at 828-264-4532 or the Town of Boone at 828-268-6200.
Wednesday, July 4 – Fireworks Extravaganza at Tweetsie Railroad
After the park closes, enjoy fireworks under the stars at Tweetsie Railroad. The park is open until 9 p.m. Parking costs $5.Optional dinner and fireworks viewing in the Hacienda with a special buffet chicken and barbeque dinner with all the trimmings: Adults, $14.95; Ages 3-12 $9.95; Kids 2 & under FREE. For more information, click to www.tweetsie.com or call 877-893-3874.
Wednesday, July 4 – Ashe County Park July 4 Celebration
Visit the Ashe County Park on July 4 for a fun day of fireworks, food and music. Free shuttle service available from the Ashe County Courthouse starting at 3 p.m. Fireworks at sunset; park opens at noon. For more information, call 336-982-6185.
Wednesday, July 4 – Bethel Blast
Bethel Baptist Church presents its annual Fourth of July celebration, known as Bethel Blast, on Wednesday. The event is free and open to everyone.
Bethel Blast takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. at Bethel Park. The event features music, barbeque, fireworks, fellowship and jubilance.
Wednesday, July 4 – Crossnore Independence Day Celebration
The parade begins at Clark Rd. at 4 p.m. followed by an honoring of veterans. Stay for music, food and activities for the kids at 5 p.m. but don’t leave before the fireworks show. Free entry for event.
Wednesday, July 4 – Newland Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks
The parade is at 2 p.m. in Newland, with fireworks at dusk. The parade goes through Newland, running from Newland Town Square to Lowe’s Foods. Lineup for the parade begins at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center. When the sun sets, the town of Newland will provide its own fireworks show. To participate in the parade, call Veronica Brocco at (828) 719-1620 by Monday, July 2.
Wednesday, July 4 – Cranberry Independence Day Celebration
Cranberry will celebrate Independence Day with a parade at 6 p.m. on July 4. Lineup for the parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tucker Hollow Road. Afterwards, a cookout at 7 p.m. continues the party with fireworks following the cookout at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 7 – Outdoor Fireworks Concert: Creedence Clearwater Revisited with special guest Lee Brice
As part of An Appalachian Summer Festival, the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $35 for general admission, $30 for Blue Ridge Electric members and $5 for kids 5 and under. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Picnics allowed into the stadium but no alcohol. Fireworks follow the show. For more information, call 828-262-4046.
Photos by Maria Richardson