Things to Do on the Fourth of July in the High Country

High Country July 4 events

Things to Do on the Fourth of July in the High Country

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Fourth of July Events in the High Country

Summer is a fantastic time of year to visit North Carolina’s High Country. The area is abuzz with events, activities and attractions to satisfy the whole family. If you’re in the region for the Fourth of July, stop through one of the charming mountain towns for a patriotic celebration.

The towns in the High Country will be bursting with activities and events to celebrate America’s independence. From live music to dazzling firework displays, here are some of the things to do on the Fourth of July in the High Country.

High Country Fourth of July Events and Activities

Here are some of the July 4 events and activities you can enjoy in North Carolina’s High Country.

Banner Elk

Banner Elk bursts with red, white and blue on July 4. The day begins with the annual Fourth of July Parade. See everything from classic cars to alpacas marching down Main Street. The day continues at the free Family Fun Fourth. This family-friendly event features games, live music, barbecue and more.

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Blowing Rock

Small-town charm abounds at Blowing Rock’s July 4th Celebration. After the Fourth of July festivities, stick around on Friday and Saturday July 5–6 for even more fun. On Friday, enjoy live music and dancing at Memorial Park.

Then, on Saturday in downtown Blowing Rock, the Independence Day parade takes over the town. Following the parade, head to Memorial Park for more live music, park games and prizes. The day ends with a spectacular firework display at the Blowing Rock Country Club.

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Tweetsie Railroad, a popular Wild West theme park, will light up the sky on July 4 with a Fireworks Extravaganza. Spend the day at the park then stick around for the dazzling fireworks at 9:30 p.m., once the park closes.


The Fourth of July celebrations in Boone begin with the Boone 4th of July Parade. This parade in downtown Boone features patriotic floats and locals dressed in their best red, white and blue. After the parade, head to The Jones House for free snacks and refreshments.

Once the sun sets, the Town of Boone lights up the sky with fireworks at Clawson/Burnley Park. Before the fireworks, dance to live music.

Horn in the West and the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum have unique traditions to celebrate the Fourth of July. Hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence and toast with a glass of apple cider. Then, hear a eulogy for King George III as an effigy burns. This colonial-style celebration is the perfect way to pay tribute to America’s independence.