WATAUGA — The town of Blowing Rock celebrated the Fourth of July holiday with a parade downtown. Several VIPs, residents and businesses from both the town and the county participated in the parade, which was held on Saturday, July 6.

The parade is one of two the town puts on every year, the other being the Christmas parade. Thousands from Blowing Rock, Watauga County and beyond turned up to watch the procession, with the kids hoping to score as much candy as they could.

The parade was surrounded by a series of events throughout the day as park games and bounce houses attracts dozens of kids in Memorial Park. Live music by Never too Late and The Cockman Family filled downtown and at night, a fireworks show from Blowing Rock Country Club capped off the weekend.

In the Bethel community in western Watauga County, the annual Bethel Blast was held.

The annual festivities take place in the park adjacent to Bethel School and include hours of live music.

The program’s host, Bethel Baptist Church, provides the entertainment and a barbecue dinner complete with all the fixings for the growing crowd every year, which has surpassed more than 3,500 attendees for the past several years. The events with a fireworks display.

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