BLOWING ROCK — Tweetsie Railroad will host the most spectacular and the most popular Fourth of July celebration in the High Country in honor of the nation’s birthday and the park’s 60th anniversary. On Tuesday, July 4, North Carolina’s first theme park will treat guests to a fireworks show with more than 200 large caliber pyrotechnic mortar shells illuminating the sky above the Blue Ridge Mountains. This year’s fireworks show is set to be the theme park’s biggest ever and the largest display in Western North Carolina. The park will stay open until 9 p.m.; fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.
Before experiencing the dazzling fireworks show in the evening, guests can enjoy a day of adventure with rides, live shows and attractions at Tweetsie Railroad. Guests are encouraged to don their best red, white and blue attire and visit the theme park during the day, where they can ride a train pulled by one of Tweetsie Railroad’s legendary steam locomotives, visit animals in the Deer Park Zoo, pan for gold at Miner’s Mountain and much more.
Sixty years ago, on July 4, 1957, Tweetsie Railroad opened to the public with a one-mile train trip to a picnic area. This eventually evolved into an entire theme park that is beloved by generations of guests. Since its opening, Tweetsie Railroad has attracted visitors from far and wide to enjoy its Wild West-themed attractions and activities in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
A VIP experience will be offered to guests as part of the July Fourth Extravaganza, featuring a premium viewing area and an optional chicken and barbeque buffet at the Hacienda. VIP wristbands will be available on a first come, first served basis at the ticket office.
Parking is available during the July 4th celebration with no charge for Golden Rail Season Pass holders. In the event of severe weather, the fireworks show will be rescheduled for July 5.
Tweetsie Railroad is located on U.S. Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock. For more information about the 2017 season at Tweetsie Railroad, visit Tweetsie.com or call 877-TWEETSIE (877-898-3874).