Mile High Fourth of July Featuring Melissa Reaves


There’s no better way to say “happy birthday America” than with live music, craft beer, a hog roast and fireworks. A new Independence Day tradition begins this year with the Mile High Fourth of July celebration. The four-day collaboration between Beech Mountain and Banner Elk takes place Friday to Monday, July 1-4.

Nine bands will play in various locations throughout the weekend. The lineup includes rock, bluegrass, folk, country, blues and jazz. Headliner Brandon Kirkley and the Firecrackers rock the Beech Mountain Town Meadow Sunday afternoon with an all-American set list. Meanwhile, Melissa Reaves brings her fiery avant-garde style of rock to Beech Mountain Resort’s 5506’ Skybar on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m..

Beech Mountain Brewing Co. and Flat Top Brewing in Banner Elk are collaborating on a special beer for the Mile High Fourth. Red, Wheat and Brew is a summer session wheat IPA with Centennial hops. The light, refreshing beer is easy drinking, an ideal toast to a July evening. The beer has a festive red hue and a grapefruit aroma, and will be available in limited amounts at both breweries.

Saturday evening combines barbecue and fireworks at Beech Mountain Resort with the 47th annual Beech Mountain Roasting of the Hog at 6 p.m., followed at dark by a spectacular fireworks show above the pinnacle of Beech Mountain.

The hog roast features some of the best barbecue in the High Country. Pork and turkey, slow roasted over coals all day, make for a delicious summertime meal, all washed down by your beverage of choice from Beech Mountain Brewing Co., music, kids games and dancing add to the fun.

Banner Elk’s famous Fourth of July parade takes center stage Monday at 11 a.m. on Main Street in Banner Elk. After working its way through town, the parade concludes with the annual  Party in the Park at Tate-Evans Town Park. Food vendors will serve lunch, and guests can play lawn games. Banner Elk’s Duck Race, which includes hundreds of rubber ducks floating down the creek, is a sight to see.

Lodging options in Beech Mountain and Banner Elk include hotels, condos, bed-and-breakfast inns and vacation rental homes. Explore places to stay and see the full schedule of events in both towns by visiting:


Let’s Paint Beech-A Painting Workshop with Beer!
Join us on July 7, 2016 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm for “Let’s Paint Beech!” at the Beech Mountain Brewing Co. Experience a step-by-step painting class in a stress-free and fun environment! There is absolutely no experience necessary, only an open mind, sense of humor and a bit of patience. Find out skills that you may have never known you had and have a great time doing something new with a friend! We hope that you leave each class with something that you can be proud of.

What’s included: -Canvas -Paint -Instruction -One Beech Mountain Brewing Co. beer or a glass of wine (21+ only) -Hor d’oeuvres

Tickets are limited!  Please purchase here!


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