June & July Weekend Events with Special July 4th Activities: Happy 4th of July! 06/29-30 to 07/01

Happy 4th of July everybody! As we move out of June and into July, the summer happenings are in full swing with an excitement in the air! With July 4th activities in a few days, how could there not be. However, I do want to give credence to why we celebrate the 4th of July or Independence Day, and what it represents.

This July 4th is the United States 236th year of recognizing our Freedom. As a federal holiday, it is most notably celebrated with Fireworks, Parades, BBQ’s, Cook-Outs, Carnivals, Fairs, Concerts, Baseball Games, and usually some Political Speeches or ceremonies going on somewhere around the country. But, the reason we have an Independence Day goes way back to July 4th, 1776, when America broke away from the British and became independent, hence Independence Day. Many lives were lost to give us our freedoms and we are forever grateful!

To stay in the spirit of thankfulness and celebration, there are some great events going on this weekend and through to Wednesday of this next week. Make sure to see the special July 4th section at the bottom for all the activities going on in the High Country.

What are some of the things that you do to create memories during this holiday week? We would love for you to share your stories with us!


This Weekend at Regal Cinema…

Now Showing:

  • Brave NEW! PG
  • Brave 3D NEW! PG
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted PG
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 3D PG


On Friday…


Bring the kids out for some fun at the Youth Special Services Event called Spoonman…an Interactive Comedy this Friday, June 29th from 3:30 – 4:30pm at the Watauga County Library. The kids will share fun, laughter, and being with friends. For more info call the Children’s Department at 828- 264-8474.




The whole family will enjoy this night out for some awesome up and coming talent at the 5th annual Cherokee Cove Songwriters Camp Concert this Friday, June 29th from 7 – 9pm at Alliance Bible Fellowship. Open to the public, this will be music to your ears as you listen to the songs of Laura Kaufman, Jason Sweet, Sarah Peasall, and Todd & Emily Marriott in concert along with the “best of the week” songs from camp. Family, friends, and the public are encouraged to come and support our local youth and young adults with Love offerings being accepted. For more info visit their website at www.cherokeecove.org, email Samantha Stevens at samandstustephens@gmail.com, or call 423-727-8560.



Find someone else’s trash as your treasure at the 31st annual Watauga Humane Society’s Rummage Sale this Friday, June 29th through Saturday, June 30th from 8am – 4pm. Held at the National Guard Armory, you’ll find everything from Jewelry, Bed Linens, Kitchen Pots & Pans, to Toys, Furniture, TV’s and much more. All proceeds go to benefit the animals of the Humane Society. For more info visit their website at www.wataugahumanesociety.org, email deedundon@bellsouth.net, or call 828-264-9116.



Come on out to the Shadowline Arts and Crafts show this Friday, June 29th through Sunday, July 1st from 8am – 6pm in the Harris Teeter parking lot just behind the new Cracker Barrel restaurant. At this handmade and handcrafted Arts and Crafts show, you’ll find great items such as Jewelry, Woodcrafts, Needlework, Sculpture, as well as other crafts. Go have a great time and take something unique home! For more info email Dolly Rice at rjshgw@yahoo.com, or call 931-265-3917.



Get some great bargains at this huge 2-day Multi-Family Children’s Sale this Friday, June 29th from 1-7pm through Saturday, June 30th from 7am – 1pm at the Optimist Clubhouse on State Farm Rd. With more than 10 families participating, you’re sure to find some awesome deals such as Boy & Girl Clothes, Toys, Baby Items like Bouncers, Swings, Bassinets, Bottles, etc., Maternity Clothes and Items, Books, and lots more! Look for lots of other items as well.



On Saturday…



Make sure to attend the 9th annual SafetyFest presented by the Town of Seven Devils this Saturday, June 30th starting a little before 10am. At this SafetyFest you’ll also find a BBQ Dinner where you can eat at the Town Hall or get a carry out meal with prices for adults $7, kids 12 and under are $5 and is served from 11am – 3pm. Then buy a Raffle ticket and win a great prize as winners are announced every hour, bid on awesome items in the Silent Auction, and buy something special at the Craft Show from 10am – 3pm. It will be a full day of fun! For more info call the Town Hall at 828-963-5343.



Enjoy the mountain activities of the Bolick and Traditions Pottery as they celebrate the 21st annual Heritage Day and Kiln Opening this Saturday, June 30th from 10am – 5pm in the Blackberry community just outside of Blowing Rock. This free and open to the public happening will feature lots of Pottery, Live Bluegrass Music, Indian Beadwork, Carved Sculptures, Baskets, Chairs and Furniture, Iron work, Wood Turning, Weavings, an Interactive Quilting Party, and so much more. You’ll hear music from The Dollar Brothers, Glenn Bolick and Friends, the Martin Laurel Band and Rosie and the Flattops with Orville Hicks and Fred Fawley doing some Storytelling. Feed on delicious assortments of food from Pinto Beans, Cornbread, BBQ and more.   For info and directions call 828-295-3862 or 295-5099.



Attend the July 4th Independence Day & Weekend Fine Art and Craft Show presented by Mountain Top Promotions this Saturday, June 30th from 10am – 5pm. Held at the old Banner Elk Elementary School, look for more than 60 artists showcasing their handcrafted items including Pottery, Paintings, Photography, Weaving, Quilting, Jewelry, Clothing, Furniture, and local Authors and their Books as well. Food vendors will be there too. For more info call 828-260-1041.


Have a Fun and Safe Weekend! 




Special July 4th Activities around the High Country…

(Taken from the Mountain Times)


Downtown Blowing Rock Parade

On Saturday, June 30, Blowing Rock will begin celebrating the nation’s anniversary of independence with a day full of fun and activities for all in its downtown district. A horseshoe tournament, climbing tower, park games, bouncy castles, live entertainment and a parade beginning at 2 p.m. are just a few of the activities scheduled for the day. The day will conclude with fireworks at the Blowing Rock Country Club at 9:30 p.m.



Beech Mountain Roasting of the Hog

Beech Mountain will not only celebrate the anniversary of America’s freedom Saturday, but also the 47th anniversary of the Roasting of the Hog at Beech Mountain Resort at 6 p.m. While people dig into the hog, the Smokey Breeze Band will perform while, face painting, entertainment for children, rides, fireworks and other activities will be available. Fireworks are scheduled to blast off at dusk. Advance ticket sales are $15 for adults and $7.50 for kids. Tickets at the door will cost $20 and $10, respectively. Tickets are available online at http://www.beechmountainchamber.com.


Fourth of July Science Kids Workshop

One day before Independence Day, let your kids make some creative chemical reactions. At the Old Cove Creek School Picnic Shelter in Sugar Grove, the Fourth of July Science Kids Workshop will engage kids’ interest in chemistry Tuesday. All participants will get to take part in different chemical reactions, as well one that will be tasty and edible. This workshop is available for anyone 8 years old and older, and advanced registration is requested to ensure availability. The workshop lasts from 10 a.m. until noon and costs $5.


Lib-AIR-Todd Parade

The theme for the Liberty Parade in Todd this year is the element of air, and the Elkland Art Center will sponsor a display of crafts themed with the wind and air Wednesday, July 4. Creations like pinwheels, wind socks and other fabrications that take flight with the wind will be present with the incorporation of a Latin influence. This will be done in part with the help of local Latina artists. The Elkland Art Center will hold workshops in the Ashe and Watauga areas through Ashe County 4-H, The Florence Thomas Art School and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts for free or at low cost. The last workshop will be held Saturday in Todd on Railroad Grade Road at the old bank building beside the Todd Mercantile. Anyone who wishes to participate and dress in costume for the parade should meet at the field across the bridge at the corner of N.C. 194 North and Railroad Grade Road in Todd at 10:30 a.m. The parade begins at 11 a.m. Food will be provided by Vitality, Bare Essentials and Hispanic vendors.


Downtown Boone Fourth of July Parade

Starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Boone’s business district will become the site of the annual Downtown Boone Fourth of July Parade. The parade begins at Horn in the West Drive, goes down King Street and to the Poplar Grove Extension. After the parade, the Jones House Community Center will have watermelon and cake starting at noon, and the celebration continues in Clawson Burnley Park, where music with D.J. Carl and a fireworks show begin at 7 p.m. The fireworks will be lit at “dark-thirty,” or 30 minutes after it gets dark, according to flyer for the event.


Celebration at the Orchard – Spruce Pine

At the Historic Orchard at Altapass, located at Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 328.3, the traditional Celebration at the Orchard returns to celebrate America’s independence. The event will showcase live music, free of charge, from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The only admission into this celebration is a dish to share that is large enough for your party with a little extra to share with the musicians. If guests do not wish to bring a dish, they are asked to pay $12 per meal. The Orchard will supply barbecue, water, iced tea and paper products at the celebration.


Downtown Banner Elk Parade AND ‘Party in the Park’

Banner Elk’s traditional Fourth of July parade will kick off at 11 a.m. at the Lees-McRae College library on campus. The parade will continue through downtown Banner Elk. The parade and the following “Party in the Park” at Tate Evans Park are both free and open to everyone. At the “Party in the Park,” a used book sale, rubber duck races, games for children of all ages, food and crafts will be available.


Newland Independence Day Parade and Fireworks

Newland will take part in the traditional parade and fireworks celebration this Fourth of July. The parade will run through Newland Town Square and to Lowe’s Foods at 2 p.m., with the lineup beginning at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center. Later in the night, Newland will have its own fireworks display for everyone in the county seat.


Bethel Blast

Bethel Baptist Church will hold its annual Fourth of July celebration, Bethel Blast, Wednesday, free, and welcomes everyone to take part in the festivities. Bethel Blast will last from 5 to 10 p.m. at Bethel Park. At the blast, everyone can enjoy music, barbecue, fireworks, fellowship and plenty of fun for all ages.


Cranberry Community Independence Day Celebration

The Fourth of July will be recognized in the community of Cranberry with a parade beginning at 6 p.m. (lineup starting at 5:30 p.m.) on Tucker Hollow Road. After the parade, the festivities continue with a cookout at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.


Mountain Home Music: Bluegrass & Brass

The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys and the King Street Brass will perform music that is “akin to New Orleans Dixieland,” according to a press release on July Fourth at Blowing Rock School Auditorium. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., with ticket prices at $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Student tickets are $10, and children’s tickets cost $5. The Bluegrass Boys are comprised of David Johnson, Steve Lewis and Scott Freeman. The brass band is made up of Harold McKinney, Bill Jones, Sarah Storms and others. This annual concert by Mountain Home Music is a celebration of July Fourth, as well as a special salute to veterans.



Tweetsie’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

After the train rides and regularly scheduled activities at Tweetsie Railroad come to a close this Wednesday, the celebration begins. Tweetsie will remain open until 9 p.m., with its July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, beginning at 9:30 p.m., lighting up the Blue Ridge sky for everyone to see. In addition, Tweetsie Railroad will hold a buffet chicken and barbecue dinner with sides. Ticket prices for the dinner are $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for kids ages 3 to 12 and free for kids younger than 2. Parking for the fireworks show is $5 per vehicle.


Be Safe!


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