Music, barbecue, fireworks, live music and a parade highlight the many festivities on tap during the second annual Mile High Fourth of July in the resort towns of Banner Elk and Beech Mountain.
This multi-day event, which runs Friday, June 30, through Tuesday, July 4, celebrates our nation’s independence with cool temperatures and warm hospitality in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The schedule includes eight bands playing over the course of five days, and most of the shows are free. Other free activities include Saturday’s mile-high fireworks above the summit of Beech Mountain, and Tuesday’s Fourth of July parade on Main Street in Banner Elk.
Saturday’s festivities also include the 47th annual Roasting of the Hog just prior to the fireworks at Beech Mountain, and the annual Blues on Beech festival at Famous Fast Eddie’s.
Monday’s highlight is a free concert by The Rockabillys in the Beech Mountain kite field adjacent to the Brick Oven Pizzeria.
Tuesday’s parade, which begins at 11 a.m., concludes in Banner Elk’s Tate-Evans Park, where there will be food vendors and traditional July 4th contests like sack races, three-legged races and a rubber duck derby. A Tuesday barbecue lawn party is hosted by Dunn’s Deli.
Banner Elk’s popular Art on the Greene fine art festival takes place that weekend, and there will also be summer theater performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Lees-McRae College.
For details about the Mile High Fourth, call 800-468-5506 or go online to: www.MileHighFourth.com.
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