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For a sizzling cool Independence Day getaway, come to the second annual Mile High Fourth of July celebration, June 30-July 4, 2017.

The North Carolina resort towns of Banner Elk and Beech Mountain, located high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, have combined forces on a five-day extravaganza to celebrate our nation's independence.
 
Sizzling cool fireworks a mile high in the sky
Sizzling cool fireworks a mile high in the sky
The centerpieces of this fun-filled weekend are Beech Mountain's Fireworks and 47th Annual Roasting of the Hog on Saturday (July 1) and Banner Elk's Fourth of July Parade and Party in the Park on Tuesday (July 4).

Saturday's fireworks & pig pickin' take place atop Beech Mountain, more than a mile high at 5,506 feet above sea level. Slow roasted barbecue is available beginning at 6 p.m., with a fireworks spectacular at dark.
Banner Elk's All-American Fourth of July Parade
Banner Elk's All-American Fourth of July Parade


Tuesday's July 4th lineup in Banner Elk is an all-American celebration to make Uncle Sam proud, starting with the Fourth of July Parade on Main Street at 11:00 a.m. The parade concludes with a party in Tate-Evans Town Park, where folks enjoy lunch from several vendors and traditional games like egg-toss and sack races. You can even enter a duckie in Banner Elk’s Duck Race on the creek.
 
Music at Beech Mountain's 5506' Skybar
Music at Beech Mountain's 5506' Skybar
Live music plays a big role, with multiple bands performing at various venues across the five days. Music kicks off Friday evening at Banner Elk Cafe and includes a Monday early evening concert in the Beech Mountain kite field featuring a prominent regional band.

A complete schedule of bands is available on the live music page.

Art on the Greene, a popular arts & crafts show featuring hand-made items, takes place Saturday and Sunday in downtown Banner Elk at the historic Banner Elk School. Scenic chairlift rides to the 5506' Skybar are available Friday through Sunday at Beech Mountain Resort, along with mountain biking on the resort's downhill trails.

Theatre lovers can treat themselves to a performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat presented by the award-winning summer theatre program at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, while blues aficionados will no doubt enjoy the fourth annual Blues on Beech, a blues festival featuring the legendary Part-Time Blues Band at Famous Fast Eddies on Saturday.

Other fun activities include swimming and the public beach at Wildcat Lake in Banner Elk, and miles of high altitude hiking on the Emerald Outback trail system at the top of Beech Mountain.

For more details, call 800-468-5506 or 828-898-8395.
 
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