Start a new Independence Day tradition by attending the inaugural Mile High Fourth of July celebration, July 1-4, 2016. The North Carolina resort towns of Banner Elk and Beech Mountain, located high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, have combined forces on a four-day extravaganza to celebrate our nation's independence.
 
Banner Elk's Fourth of July Party in the Park
Banner Elk's Fourth of July Party in the Park

The centerpieces of this fun-filled weekend are Beech Mountain's Fireworks and 47th Annual Roasting of the Hog on Saturday (July 2) and Banner Elk's Fourth of July Parade and Party in the Park on Monday (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.

Monday'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.
 
Beech Mountain's 47th annual Roasting of the Hog
Beech Mountain's 47th annual Roasting of the Hog
Live music plays a big role, with nine bands performing at various venues across the four days. Music kicks off Friday evening at Banner Elk Cafe and includes a Sunday afternoon concert in the Beech Mountain town meadow featuring Charlotte band Brandon Kirkley and the Firecrackers.

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 all four days 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 Mary Poppins presented by the award-winning summer theatre program at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, while blues aficionados will no doubt enjoy the third annual Blues on Beech, a blues festival featuring the legendary Mac Arnold and the Jeff Jensen Band at Famous Fast Eddies on Saturday.

Other fun activities include swimming and the public beach at Wildcat Lake in Banner Elk, and eight 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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