MileHighFourth_logo_150dpiThis year, Independence Day weekend on Beech Mountain is bigger than ever. We’ve teamed up with our buddies in Banner Elk for a Mile High Fourth of July celebration, July 1-4, that’s going to be DOUBLE  the fun!

If you’ve never spent July Fourth in Eastern America’s highest town, you’re missing out. One of my favorite events is the annual Beech Mountain Hog Roast on Saturday, July 2.

My great-grand-squirrel told me how it all started years ago. It’s a family tradition for locals and visitors with super juicy pork barbecue, music, dancing, games and face painting for the kids.

PrintScenic chairlift rides give visitors a squirrel’s-eye view of the mountain. And, after the sun sets, fireworks light up the sky.

I’m excited about a new event this year at Buckeye Recreation Center. The first NatuRally Beech Weekend is Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3. It includes educational programs, hikes and workshops about our local environment. You can learn about heirloom apples, native plants, bear safety (which I’ve found very helpful), salamanders, snakes and other animals that call our mountain home. My friends and I are official greeters along the trails, so make sure to say hi.

On Monday, July 4, everyone heads to Banner Elk for the Fourth of July Parade. The all-American celebration runs right down Main Street and ends with the Party in the Park at Tate-Evans Town Park. Food vendors serve lunch. Traditional lawn games, such as the egg toss and sack race, offer fun for all ages.

My legs aren’t long enough for a sack race, but I’ll cheer you on. Banner Elk’s Duck Race sends hundreds of rubber ducks floating down the creek, which is a sight to see.

Put on your red, white and blue and meet me on the mountain July 1-4! More details at MileHighFourth.com

Yours truly,
Boomer the Squirrel