For an all-American family-friendly Fourth of July, pack the car and head to the High Country town of Banner Elk. This one-stoplight resort town in the Blue Ridge Mountains joins its neighbor Beech Mountain for the Mile High Fourth of July celebration.
Now in its third year, Mile High Fourth packs six days with activities, beginning Friday, June 29, and continuing through Wednesday, July 4. From live music and local theater to parades, barbecues and fireworks, these mountain towns promise plenty to do.
Kick back on the patio of Banner Elk Cafe, a longtime favorite hangout, for live music on Friday evening, June 29. Singer-songwriter Daniel Couper helps everyone ease into the weekend with his blend of original folk tunes.
Two local theater companies present productions throughout the weekend. Lees-McRae College’s acclaimed Summer Theatre program starts its season with “The Wiz,” a soulful retelling of the classic musical “The Wizard of Oz.” Banner Elk’s year-round professional theater troupe, Ensemble Stage, presents “Red, White & Tuna,” a comedic portrayal of rural America.
On Saturday, Sorrento’s, an Italian standout in downtown Banner Elk, hosts the Avery County Wine & Beer Festival. Approximately 10 local wineries and breweries will pour their products for attendees to sample. That evening, everyone heads up to Beech Mountain for the 47th Annual Roasting of the Hog, known for serving some of the tastiest pork and turkey in the region. Afterward, an expanded fireworks show will illuminate the sky over Beech Mountain Resort.
Lees-McRae’s FORUM series brings the Western Piedmont Symphony to Banner Elk on Monday night, July 2. The symphony has planned a patriotic concert to honor the achievements of everyday Americans.
On Tuesday, July 3, the band DeCarlo plays the songs of Boston and other classic rock hits in the Beech Mountain Kite Field. Tommy DeCarlo, lead singer of the legendary rock band Boston, fronts the group.
Mile High Fourth goes out with a bang in downtown Banner Elk on Wednesday, July 4. The Fourth of July Parade paints Main Street red, white and blue as it passes through town. Party in the Park at Tate-Evans Town Park fills the afternoon with outdoor family fun. Enjoy lunch from a variety of vendors, and then take part in traditional lawn games, such as the egg-toss and sack race. Don’t miss the Banner Elk Duck Race, as hundreds of rubber ducks float down the creek.
Banner Elk’s lodging accommodations are well suited to families and groups traveling for the Independence Day holiday. Vacation home rentals are plentiful, as well as condos, cabins and hotels.
To make plans for Mile High Fourth of July, click here [http://www.ncblueridge.com/event/mile-high-fourth-of-july-2].