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Things to do on a weekend - Celebrate nation's birthday

For most locales, Fourth of July is a day of celebration. In the High County, it's a weekend. Parades and fireworks are scheduled throughout the area, with parks and playgrounds populated with proud patriots. Blowing Rock gets an early start with its parade and fireworks Saturday. There are at least five parades set.

Blowing Rock Fourth of July paradeBlowing Rock, July 2
On Saturday, July 2, at 2:00 p.m. a parade on Main Street will take place.

Banner Elk, July 4
The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce will sponsor an Independence Day Parade on Monday, July 4, at 11:00 a.m.

Boone, July 4
The downtown Boone parade starts at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 4.

Newland, July 4
The Town of Newland presents a Monday, July 4 parade at 11:00 a.m.

Todd, July 4
The Elkland Art Center presents the Liberty Parade on Monday, July 4, in Todd.

These parades are always special, and unique in a cliched way.

I love parades so was delighted to be assigned to shoot our area parades. The cheesier and the dorkier the parade, the happier I am. I wanna see kids on bikes decorated with streamers rolling down King Street. I wanna see people I know waving at me from the Rescue Squad vehicle. I want sirens, I want politicians, and mostly, I want candy. And, fortunately for me both the towns of Boone and Blowing Rock host such Rockwell-esque hometown parades.

Other weekend events include Beech Mountain's 47th annual Roasting of the Hog and Fireworks Celebration, West Jefferson's Christmas in July and Blowing Rock's Bluegrass and Brass, Bagpipes and Burgers.

- Photo by Lonnie Webster