Fourth of July Family Events in the High Country {2017}

High Country 4th of July

There are many great family events happening all weekend. We wish you all a wonderful fun-filled holiday weekend!

 

July 1, 2017

4th of July Festival & Parade in Blowing Rock (10:00am-9:30pm)
Join in the family fun at the 4th of July event on Saturday, July 1st, 2017. Activities include park games, airwalks, watermelon eating contests, music, and dancing! The parade will take place on Main St (3:00pm), and will be followed by fireworks on Saturday at Blowing Rock Country Club!

31st Annual Christmas in July in West Jefferson (9:00am – 7:00pm)

The festival features the very best in traditional mountain music and 
handmade crafts from throughout the Northwest Mountains
of North Carolina. Nowhere else will you find such an excellent 
array of food, fun and festivities for the entire family than at 
Christmas in July!

47th Annual Beech Mountain NC Roasting of the Hog (6:00pm – 9:30pm)

One of the High Country’s premier Independence Day celebrations is at the Beech Mountain Resort. The Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce, Beech Mountain Tourism Development Authority, Town of Beech Mountain and the Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department host this event.

After perfecting the seasonings and charcoal blends, our barbecue (pork and turkey) is arguably the best in the High Country. Enjoy music, dancing, games for the kids, face painting, tasty treats and more at beautiful Beech Mountain Resort. Take a scenic lift ride or dance under the stars.

 

July 2, 2017

4th of July Park Dance at Blowing Rock’s Memorial Park (1:00pm-7:00pm)
Live music and fun in the park for the Independence Day holiday!

 

July 4, 2017

The annual downtown Boone 4th of July parade starts at 11:00 a.m. This is a wonderful event for the whole family to enjoy. Find a spot on King St. to watch the parade travel through downtown. After the parade, join the Mayor of Boone for cake and refreshments at the Jones House Cultural and Community Center located at 604 W. King St. All community groups and organizations are encouraged to participate.

Later that evening, enjoy more festivities at the Clawson/Burnley Park off of Hunting Hills Lane starting at 7:00 p.m. with fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

The Banner Elk Chamber’s 4th of July Parade

An all-American celebration takes place each Fourth of July in Banner Elk. It’s a day that makes Uncle Sam proud, starting with the Banner Elk Fourth of July Parade at 11:00 a.m. The parade begins at the Lees-McRae campus library and goes down Main Street. The parade concludes with a “Party in the Park” in Tate-Evans Town Park, where folks enjoy lunch from several vendors and traditional lawn games like the egg-toss and sack race. Banner Elk’s Duck Race, which features hundreds of rubber ducks racing down the creek in the park, makes this an event not to be missed!

Tweetsie Celebrates 60th Bday on July 4th with Biggest Fireworks Ever

Tweetsie Railroad will host the most spectacular Fourth of July celebration in the High Country in honor of the nation¹s birthday and the park’s 60th anniversary during this year’s July 4th Extravaganza. The park will stay open late for the family-friendly festivities until 9:00 p.m. on Monday, July 4; the parks biggest ever fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m.

A VIP experience will be offered to guests as part of the July Fourth Extravaganza, featuring a premium viewing area and an optional chicken and barbeque buffet at the Hacienda. VIP wristbands will be available on a first come, first served basis at the ticket office for $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 3 to 12; kids 2 two and under are free.

Parking is available during the July 4th celebration for $10 per vehicle, with no charge for Golden Rail Season Pass holders. In the event of severe weather, the fireworks show will be rescheduled for July 5.

High Country Weekend Family Events July 3 – 5

Happy 4th of July weekend! Rain is in the forecast for Friday and Saturday, but at least there should be some breaks from the rain and storms on Saturday and Sunday. You can start the weekend at Christmas in July in Ashe County, movie under the stars at Honey Bear Campground and/or enjoy one of the summer concerts. There are many great family events happening all weekend. We wish you all a wonderful fun-filled holiday weekend!

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July 3:

1. Christmas in July in West Jefferson –  Christmas in July will be held July 3rd and 4th this year. The festival features the very best in traditional mountain music and 
handmade crafts from throughout the Northwest Mountains
of North Carolina. Nowhere else will you find such an excellent 
array of food, fun and festivities for the entire family than at 
Christmas in July!

2. Tweetsie – Stroll down Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street and say howdy to the Marshal and the Cowboys. Visit the shops and the eateries. Along the way you’re sure to meet lots of interesting folks … and maybe a few outlaws, too.

3. Open Play Time at The Children’s PlayhouseMake the ultimate summer souvenir at The Children’s Playhouse in the month of July. We make it easy by stocking everything you need. Take home your special t-shirt home and leave the mess here! We will have adult and children’s sizes on hand.
Cost: $7 per shirt for members, $12 for nonmembers (includes admission to The Children’s Playhouse). Bring your own shirt and dye it for $4. Open play hours are 10-5:00 on Fridays.

4. Family Movie Showings:

Regal Cinemas – Now showing: Disney’s Inside Out and Jurassic World

Parkway TheaterNow showing: Disney’s Inside Out

5. Jones House Summer Concert this week will feature Soul Benefactor!

Concert begins at 5 pm. Bring blankets or lawnchairs to sit on and an umbrella in the event of rain.

6. Turchin Summer Exhibition Celebration – Celebrate summer and the opening of the Turchin Center’s exhibition, STREAM: Razi Projects, the Collaborations of Suzi Davidoff and Rachelle Thiewes. Join us for live music and a chance to meet the artists. This event is free and open to the public from 6pm-10pm.

7. Music in the Valle – The “Music in the Valle” Concert Series at Valle Crucis Community Park begins Friday, May 22nd, 2015, and continues each Friday evening through September 11th. Admission is free, but a $5 donation to the park per person is recommended. Bring a chair or a blanket and a picnic, as food generally is not available for sale. May 22 – August 14 concerts begin at 7:00PM. August 21 – September 11 concerts begin at 6:30PM.

8. Honey Bear Campground Family Drive-In Movie – Pack your lawn chairs and blankets to watch a movie “Alexander and The Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day” under the stars. Show time starts at dusk, and is always a family friendly feature. A parking pass is required and can be purchased in our office, for just $5.00 per car our Come on out to visit…Our famous “Honey Bear S’mores” will be waiting!

9. Bonfires at Chetola – Enjoy some outdoor fun with your friends at the new fire pit by Chetola Lake at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. Bonfires are scheduled for 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday evening, weather permitting. Kids can purchase $5 s’mores kits and roast their marshmallows over the open fire. The event also features an outdoor cash bar and live music. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola at (828) 295-5505, or visit www.chetola.com.

10. Horn in the West is Open! – Since 1952, America’s oldest Revolutionary War Drama has thrilled over one million audience members. Loved by old and young alike, “Horn in the West” is located in the Daniel Boone Park in Boone, North Carolina.

11. Avery County – The Cranberry Community will hold their annual 4th of July Parade and Cookout on Friday, July 3.  Parade will begin at 6 pm and cookout will follow with fireworks beginning at dark.

July 4:

1. Watauga County Farmers Market is Open! – The market opens with live music from local musicians, cooking demos from local food enthusiasts, activities in the kids corner, and the unbeatable atmosphere that makes the market “Boone’s Town Square Since 1974!” Join PHARMN at the Kids’ Corner

When: 8 am until noon

Where: Horn in the West Parking Lot – 591 Horn in the West Dr. Boone, NC 28607
Cost: Free
Contact: info@wataugacountyfarmersmarket.org

2. Christmas in July in West Jefferson –  Christmas in July will be held July 3rd and 4th this year. The festival features the very best in traditional mountain music and 
handmade crafts from throughout the Northwest Mountains
of North Carolina. Nowhere else will you find such an excellent 
array of food, fun and festivities for the entire family than at 
Christmas in July!

3. Tweetsie – Cool summer nights: Park open 9 am – 9pm. Stroll down Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street and say howdy to the Marshal and the Cowboys. Visit the shops and the eateries. Along the way you’re sure to meet lots of interesting folks … and maybe a few outlaws, too.

Enjoy the most spectacular fireworks in the High Country. Parking is $10 per car. Optional dinner and premium fireworks viewing in the Hacienda with a special buffet chicken and barbeque dinner with all the trimmings. Adults: $14.95 and Children: $9.95 Children 2 and under are free. Buy your wristband tickets at the ticket office.

4. Blowing Rock Fourth of July Celebration – 9am-until: Adult Horse Shoe Tournament (18 years & up, $75 first place, $50 second place)

9:30am-11am: Park Games (prizes awarded for 1st and 2nd place in all games!)
-Water Balloon Toss
-Watermelon Eating Contest
-More, plus Face Painting

11am-4:30pm: Climbing Tower & Bounce Obstacle Course

10am- 11am: Cloggers

11am-Noon: Patriotic Sing Along

Noon-1:30pm: Live Music

2pm: Independence Day Parade

3-4:30pm: Bluegrass Music

9:30pm: Fireworks at the Blowing Rock Country Club

5. Boone 4th of July Activities – This year’s parade will be held on July 4th at 11am. The parade will travel down King Street in Downtown Boone and will conclude at Poplar Grove Extension. Take a spot on King Street to watch the parade go by and then head over to the Jones House for watermelon and cake. A concert will follow at 1:00pm. The evening festivities at Clawson/Burnley Park off of Hunting Hills Lane will start at 7:00 pm with family activities and fireworks beginning around 9:30 pm.

6. July 4th Party in the Park –  Come Join the Fun! The Annual 4th of July Parade begins at Lees-McRae College and ends at Tate-Evans Park with a Party in the Park and Duck Races to benefit local children! The Parade begins at 11am at Lees-McRae College. After the Parade at Dunn’s Deli, Main Street East- Until its all gone! Smoked Pork and pit cooked beef, hotdogs, burgers and corn on the cob! Come Hungry!

7. Justice for All Parade in Todd – For the past ten years, Elkland Art Center has hosted The Liberty Parade, an expression of community spirit presented through costumes, props, and giant puppets in Todd, NC on the Fourth of July. This year’s theme is “Justice for All”. The parade will feature “Winds of Change,” giant puppets representing the East and West Winds, bringing new life and inspiration to all.

Arrive at 10:30 to get a costume, prop, or pick your favorite giant puppet! The parade begins in a field at the corner of NC Highway 194N and Railroad Grade Rd in Todd, NC at 11:00 am.

8. Beech Mountain 47th Annual Pig Roast – This long-standing community event has been a sell-out almost every year. The event features BBQ pork and turkey prepared by the Beech Mountain fire department, as well as all the fixings, topped off with a Moon Pie. Serving begins serving at 6:00 pm. Music, vendors and children’s activities entertain the crowd right up to the fireworks celebration at dark. The date is Saturday July 4, 2015 and the location will be the Beech Mountain Resort.Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Chamber of Commerce.

9. Family Movie Showings:

Regal Cinemas – Now showing: Disney’s Inside Out and Jurassic World

Parkway TheaterNow showing: Disney’s Inside Out

10. Blowing Rock Recreation Pool – Enjoy the public swim from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm. Click here for more details.

11. Horn in the West OPENS! – Since 1952, America’s oldest Revolutionary War Drama has thrilled over one million audience members. Loved by old and young alike, “Horn in the West” is located in the Daniel Boone Park in Boone, North Carolina. A special discount is being offered to all Watauga County Residents for the Friday and Saturday night show. All Wataugans with proof of residency (NCDL or utility bill with address) will be admitted for $10!

July 5:

1. Tweetsie – Stroll down Tweetsie Railroad’s Main Street and say howdy to the Marshal and the Cowboys. Visit the shops and the eateries. Along the way you’re sure to meet lots of interesting folks … and maybe a few outlaws, too.

2. Family Movie Showings: 

Regal Cinemas – Now showing: Disney’s Inside Out and Jurassic World

Parkway TheaterNow showing: Disney’s Inside Out

3. Hayes School of Music- Cannon Music Camp Kaleidoscope Concert – Concert performances from our Cannon Music Camp Musicians. Featuring a variety of large and small ensembles. Cannon Music Camp, at the Hayes School of Music, is a summer music program for rising high school students to graduating senior musicians, at Appalachian State University since 1969.

4. Music on the Veranda at Green Park Inn, Blowing Rock, NC – Free concerts every Sunday evening from 5-8:00pm. Enjoy local favorites the Harris Brothers, The Neighbors, Mountain Radio, Todd Wright and more on the veranda of this classic historic hotel. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy the show! Performances rain or shine- find the concert indoors in inclement weather. Drinks and Tavern Fare available. Performance schedule coming soon.