Across the High Country, communities, towns and villages will come together in their own way to commemorate 243 years of American independence.
Here’s a list of events that are slated to occur in the next week and beyond.
Cranberry Baptist Church Annual Independence Day Celebration
Features a parade at 6 p.m., with festivities to follow at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Pyatte Community Fourth of July celebration
The Pyatte community will be celebrating Independence Day with a hot dog meal and Bingo beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. Bingo will continue until the prizes run out. There will also be a 50/50 wheel, along with fireworks at dark. Donations toward the meal and fireworks are needed and will be greatly appreciated.
Red, White and Bluegrass in Blowing Rock
From 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, old-time, bluegrass, folk and gospel music will be on display at the Blowing Rock American Legion Hall at 333 Wallingford Ave. Come to listen or bring your instrument and join right in. The event takes place first and third Tuesday through Nov. 5. Entry is a suggested $5 donation and is hosted by the Surefire Bluegrass Band. For more information, call (828) 963-0058.
Todd Liberty Parade
The Todd Liberty Parade meanders through downtown Todd, starting at 11 a.m. and ending at Cook Memorial Park with live music by the King Bees, dancing and food to purchase. If you would like to walk in the parade, be at the big field at the corner of N.C. 194 and Todd Railroad Grade Road at 10 a.m. to pick out a costume or banner. All are welcome to join. The costumes and decorations are handmade and free for all to use during the parade.
For more information, call (828) 263-6173 or visit www.toddnc.org.
Boone Fourth of July parade
The Downtown Boone annual Fourth of July parade starts at 11 a.m. and travels east on West King Street, starting at the intersection with Poplar Grove Extension and ending at Legends on Hardin Street. Following the parade, the town of Boone continues the celebration with free cookies and refreshments on the lawn of the Jones House Cultural and Community Center (604 W. King St.). Mayor Rennie Brantz and other town staff will be there to greet guests and pass out treats.
For more information, call (828) 268-6280 or visit www.joneshouse.org/4th-of-july-parade-celebration.
Fourth of July Carnival at Beech Mountain
The Buckeye Recreation Center is hosting the Sparkler 5K run at Beech Mountain's Kite Field at 9 a.m. followed by the Fourth of July Carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The entry fee for the 5K is $20 for adults, $15 for kids under 12 and includes a free t-shirt with a tie-dye station available after the race. The carnival, also at Kite Field, is free, and will include a cookout. For more information call the Buckeye Recreation Center at (828) 387-3003 or visit www.beechrecreation.org.
Crossnore Volunteer Fire Department’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration
Parade begins at 4 p.m., with a recognition of veterans to follow at 4:30 p.m. There will be vendors, food (including free watermelon) and fireworks beginning at dark.
Cruise-In Fourth of July Car Show in Newland
The annual Fourth of July Car Show will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the baseball diamond by the Rock Gym. The event will feature the Skyland Singers. For more information, call Claude Buchanan at (828) 733-3550.
Annual Fourth of July celebration in Jefferson
Gates to Ashe County Park at 527 Ashe Park Road, Jefferson, will open at 3 p.m. A shuttle bus will run from the new courthouse parking lot beginning at 3:30 p.m. and will run again at the end of the fireworks show, which will be after dark. There will be inflatables for kids ($5 for an all-day wristband). Concessions will be available and there will be a couple of specialty vendors. High Country Disc Golf Course will be closed the entire day.
Bethel Baptist Church is once again hosting its Bethel Blast on July 4, with the food served at 5:30 p.m. and the fireworks going off at dark. The event is free and family friendly with local music and fellowship. Bethel Baptist Church is located at 123 Mountain Dale Road in Vilas. For more information, visit its website at www.bethelbaptistchurch.us or call the church office at (828) 297-2894.
Burning in Effigy of King George III at Horn in the West
The Hickory Ridge Living History Museum puts on a Fourth of July celebration of colonial proportions. The festivities begin at 5:30 on the museum grounds in Daniel Boone Park. Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in the reading aloud of the Declaration of Independence. Guests will be given apple cider to toast with, reminiscent of the Toasts of Halifax in 1789. Guests will also hear a eulogy for King George III while his dummy is burned in effigy. A firing of 13 volleys from black powder rifles will salute the new nation. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.
Grass and Brass in Blowing Rock
Starting at 7 p.m. at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium at 130 Sunset Drive, the Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys and King Street Brass Band will play a collection of songs popular in both musical genres as each group is given the chance to play some standards from their respective music styles. This year's selections will again include songs such as "Stars and Stripes Forever," "The Bugle Call Rag" and many other favorites.
Town of Boone Fireworks
Join in the festivities at Clawson/Burnley Park at 355 Hunting Hills Lane (off State Farm Road) starting with DJ music at 7 p.m. and fireworks by Zambelli starting at 9:30 p.m. For more information, call (828) 268-6280 or visit www.joneshouse.org
Fireworks on Sugar Mountain
Typical Mountain Boys will perform at Sugar Mountain Resort’s Base Lodge from 6 to 9 p.m., with fireworks viewable from the mountain’s peak beginning at 9 p.m.
Fireworks at Tweetsie
Enjoy the most spectacular fireworks show in the High Country at Tweetsie starting at 9:30 p.m. Take advantage of the optional dinner and VIP Fireworks viewing in the Hacienda. An all-you-can-eat buffet will be served with all the trimmings. Availability is limited. Get your wristband at the Tweetsie ticket office: $25 for adults and $20 for children age 3-12 (in addition to admission fee). Parking is free. For more, call (800) 526-5740 or visit tweetsie.com/special-events/fireworks-extravaganza.
July 5 and 6
Library Book Sale
The annual Fourth of July Book Sale will take place in the lower level of the Avery County Morrison Public Library in Newland. The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 5 and 6. Paperbacks will be 50 cents, hardbacks, CDs and audio books will also be $1. There are fiction, history and children’s books, cookbooks and more. All proceeds are used to buy books for the public library.
West Jefferson’s Christmas in July
A tradition since 1987, Christmas in July is the premiere summer event in Ashe County to promote the Christmas tree industry. With arts and crafts, numerous musical acts, inflatables and more each day, Christmas in July has something for all ages. For more information, visit christmasinjulyinfo.ipage.com/index.html
Elk Park Independence Day Celebration
The town of Elk Park will hold its Independence Day Celebration on Friday, July 5. Parade will begin at 6 p.m., and the night will include a concert featuring Ransomed by Grace and the Toe River Drifters. The evening will conclude with fireworks around 9:30 p.m. followed by a movie in the park. Call (828) 733-9573 for more information.
Blowing Rock - 4th of July Festival & Parade
Join the town of Blowing Rock for games, music and fun! Free entertainment all day, plus a small-town parade at 2 p.m. All events take place in downtown Blowing Rock, except the fireworks which will be held at the Blowing Rock Country Club at dusk. The public is welcome at the club for this special event. Find games and music in Memorial Park on Main Street. For more information, call (828) 295-5222 or visit blowingrock.com/july4th.
Minneapolis Independence Day Celebration
The parade will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a meal at the Minneapolis Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Music will begin at 7:30 p.m. with Skyland Singers, and there will be fireworks at dark.
Town of Newland Independence Day Celebration
The celebration will feature a parade beginning at 11 a.m. with a welcome at the bandstand at Riverwalk Park at 11:15 a.m. There will be food, craft and retail vendors, a cornhole tournament, inflatables, live entertainment and dancing. Festivities will move to the Rock Gym in the event of inclement weather and fireworks will begin at 9:45 p.m.
Community Chorus Patriotic Concert
Join West Jefferson United Methodist Church at 115 E. Main St. for a patriotic concert at 3 p.m. The church will be honoring the men and women who serve our country. Music will be provided by the West Jefferson United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church West Jefferson and Mt. Jefferson Presbyterian Church. This is a free event.
48th annual Roasting of the Hog at Beech Mountain
The Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce and Beech Mountain Resort is hosting the 48th annual Roasting of the Hog on July 6 starting at 6 p.m. Barbecue, potato salad, slaw, beans, tea, lemonade and moon pies will be served, as well as a great spot on the slopes to watch the fireworks at dark. Price is $17 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under. For more information, call (828) 387-9283 or visit www.beechmtnchamber.com.