tlb_070412_4289Make plans now to attend the annual Mile High Fourth of July celebration, June 30-July 4. The resort towns of Banner Elk and Beech Mountain have joined forces for five days of fun that includes: fireworks, live music, arts, culinary options and Banner Elk’s famous Fourth of July Parade and Party in the Park.

The fun begins on Friday, June 30, with music on the patio at Banner Elk Cafe at 6 p.m. Also that day is a Lee-McRae Summer Theatre performance of the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at 7 p.m. in Banner Elk.

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).

IMG_9295aaSaturday’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.

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.

Other fun events include the two-day weekend Art on the Greene fine art and crafts show in Banner Elk (July 1-2); a Monday afternoon concert in the Beech Mountain kite field (July 3) and a Tuesday (July 4) pig roast and lawn party hosted by Dunn’s Deli in Banner Elk.

Live music plays a big role, with eight bands performing at various venues across the five days. For complete information, visit the official event website by clicking here.