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Originally published: 2012-06-27 12:00:03
Last modified: 2012-06-29 12:05:35

Parades and fireworks to highlight Independence Day celebrations

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Avery County takes its patriotism seriously. Whether with family or community, the people of Avery County will celebrate the birth of our nation in style. Parades, fireworks displays, cookouts, music and more will welcome Independence Day at celebrations from one end of the county to the other. To see what festivities are on deck in your neck of the woods, check the list of town and community celebrations below.

Beech Mountain Roasting of the Hog June 30

Beech Mountain’s long-time Independence Day tradition, the Roasting of the Hog, is gearing up for its 47th year in a row.

The gathered crowd will dig into smoked pork and turkey barbecue at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, while Smokey Breeze Band provides entertainment. In addition to music, other activities, including face painting, entertainment for children, rides, fireworks and more will all be available. Guests will have the option to dine indoors or outdoors. A fireworks display is scheduled for dusk. Guests who buy their tickets in advance will pay $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. Those who wait to buy tickets at the door will pay $20 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets are available online by clicking to For more information, call (828) 468-5506.

Pyatte Independence Day Celebration June 30

Pyatte Independence Day Celebration will kick off on Saturday, June 30, with a parade 6 p.m. The celebration will include a hot dog supper, gospel music, rope pulling contest, cakewalks, split the pot, quilt give away, a Stevens Model 58P-20-gauge bolt action shotgun, and more. After the sun sets, the celebration will close with fireworks. Donations ppreciated. Line up for the parade begins at 5:45 p.m.

Newland Fireworks July 4

The parade will not take place this year. When the sun sets, Town of Newland will provide its own fireworks show for any and all spectators in the county seat. 

Banner Elk Parade and Party in the Park July 4

Banner Elk will host its Independence Day celebration at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, 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 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

Elk Park residents will also enjoy an Independence Day parade beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4. The parade route runs from H&H Trucking to Jack Hicks Trucking. For information on joining in the parade, call town hall at (828) 733-9573. The town will not accept participants who wish to walk or use only a wagon.

Crossnore Independence Day Celebration July 4

Town of Crossnore has big plans for Independence Day. A parade will get the festivities underway at 4 p.m, beginning at Clark Road, followed by a ceremony honoring veterans, which will include two posthumous honors. Starting at 5 p.m., music, featuring jazz, bluegrass and country artists, will entertain the crowds while food vendors provide hamburgers, hot dogs and barbeque. For youngsters, three bounce houses and a frog-jumping event will be on site. For adults, a raffle for prizes such as guns and Wal-Mart gift certificates will take place. At dusk, a fireworks show will capture the crowd’s attention. For information regarding volunteer work to assist cleanup or food, call Crossnore Volunteer Fire Department at (828) 733-4304.

Cranberry July 4 celebration

Cranberry will celebrate Independence Day beginning with a parade at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. Line-up for the parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tucker Hollow Road. A cookout will keep the party going at 7 p.m., followed by a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.