For a sizzling cool Independence Day getaway, come to the third annual Mile High Fourth of July celebration, June 29-July 4, 2018.

The North Carolina resort towns of Banner Elk and Beech Mountain, located high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, have combined forces on a six-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 bookends of this fun-filled celebration are Beech Mountain's Fireworks/47th Annual Roasting of the Hog on Saturday (June 30) and Banner Elk's Fourth of July Parade and Party in the Park on Wednesday (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.

This year features an upgraded and expanded fireworks display to light the night with plenty of oohs and ahhs and booms!
Banner Elk's All-American Fourth of July Parade
Banner Elk's All-American Fourth of July Parade

Wednesday'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 six days.

Music kicks off Friday evening at Banner Elk Cafe and includes a Tuesday evening outdoor concert in the Beech Mountain kite field by the band DeCarlo, featuring the lead singer of the lengendary rock band Boston. DeCarlo will rock the High Country with Boston's greatest songs, plus plenty more classic hits.

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

Theatre lovers can treat themselves to one of three performances of The Wiz presented by the award-winning summer theatre program at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, while Ensemble Stage's professional theater troupe will give several performances of the hilarious play Red, White & Tuna.

Scenic views from the 5506' Skybar are available Friday through Sunday at Beech Mountain Resort, along with mountain biking on the resort's downhill trails.

Other fun activities include the public beach and swimming 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 828-898-5398.

For those who stick around for the weekend of July 7-8, Art on the Greene, a popular arts & crafts show featuring hand-made items, takes place that Saturday and Sunday in downtown Banner Elk at the Historic Banner Elk School.
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