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Originally published: 2013-07-02 14:58:25
Last modified: 2013-07-02 14:59:33

Celebrating freedom

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With Independence Day at hand, towns across Avery County have numerous celebrations, parades, food, fireworks and more planned for the public to enjoy.
As America celebrates its 237th birthday, join citizens across Avery County in flying the Stars and Stripes and joining the party at the following locations:
Banner Elk Parade and Party in the Park July 4
Banner Elk will host its Independence Day celebration at 11 a.m. this Thursday, July 4. For the fourth year, Town of Banner Elk will also host its annual Party in the Park. Before the party begins, a parade will commence at Lees-McRae College at 11 a.m., wrapping up at noon near Tate-Evans Park. At Party in the Park, guests will enjoy food, games, music, a book sale and a duck race. There is no entry fee for Party in the Park, but tickets for the duck race may be purchased at Banner Elk Town Hall for $5 per ticket or $20 for five. Anyone interested in participating in the parade should call (828) 898-5398.
Elk Park Independence Day Parade July 4 ...

To read the complete story, please pick up a copy of your hometown newspaper, The Avery Journal-Times, available at almost 100 locations in Newland, Banner Elk, Crossnore, Spruce Pine and Roan Mountain, Tenn. To subscribe to The Avery Journal-Times, please call (828) 733-0401 or click to