Blowing Rock celebrated country’s independence Saturday
While the actual day of the Fourth of July is Wednesday, the village will be hopping this weekend with its annual salute to all things American.
Blowing Rock’s Fourth of July extravaganza begins with the Adult Horseshoe Tournament, which begins at 9 a.m. in Blowing Rock Memorial Park.
The tournament, open to horseshoe pitchers 18 years and older, has a $75 first place price and a $50 second place prize.
The park will also be the scene of other games, with prizes going to first- and second-place finishers in all contests. Contests start at 9:30 a.m. and include a water balloon toss and a watermelon eating contest.
The park will also feature a lot of activities for children, including face painting, a climbing tower, bouncy house and much more.
Entertainers on stage at the park on Saturday include The Country Magic Cloggers (10-11 a.m.); The Vagabonds’ Patriotic Sing-Along (11 a.m.-noon); The Buck Haggard Band (noon-1:30 p.m.); and the Cockman Family (3-4:30 p.m.).
At 2 p.m., attention turns to Main Street and Blowing Rock’s annual Independence Day Parade. The parade will feature dignitaries, horses, classic cars, floats and live music.
On parade day, for the first time in years, the Blowing Rock Police Department will enforce the town’s three-hour parking limit in public parking spaces. This is in response to complaints from downtown merchants that parade watchers were staking out spaces early in the morning and staying there until after the parade was over.
Saturday’s festivities conclude with a fireworks display from the Blowing Rock Country Club.
The display can be seen from multiple vantage points in and around Blowing Rock and the Green Park Inn is hosting a special cookout and live music event where folks can watch the fireworks.
On Sunday, July 1, Blowing Rock wraps up its Fourth of July celebration with two events: The bluegrass band Diana and Sarvis Ridge will perform in Blowing Rock Memorial Park from 3 to 5 p.m.
A public dance will be held at the park with DJ music from 5 to 9 p.m. Both events are free.
For more information, call the Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation Department at (828) 295-5222.