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Roan Highlands will celebrate Independence Day Thursday

The Fourth of July Celebration comes early this year in Roan Mountain. That’s when Roan Highlands Nursing File PhotoCenter will host its annual Independence Day celebration on Thursday, June 26, from 6-10 p.m.
The celebration will feature vendors, inflatables, health screenings, refreshments and a fireworks display all free to the community.
“This is a big thing for the Roan Mountain community, and for our residents,” said Angie Roberts, director of marketing and admissions. “Our residents love it, and we have people come in from all around the area.”
Roberts said between 2,000 and 3,000 people are expected to attend Roan Highlands Fourth of July celebration.
For children, the celebration will have games, face painting, inflatables and other attractions. Wings Air Rescue will be on hand and the Avery County Firefighters’ Association will bring the Smokehouse for children to experience.
“The Smokehouse teaches children about fire safety,” Roberts said. “The firefighters teach the children about how to leave a building that has caught on fire, and about making the best safety choices in those situations. The firefighters can fill it with ‘smoke’ and have the children practice what they were taught.”
Many different vendors and local businesses will have booths and tables assembled with booths or tables sharing information with visitors. There will also be health screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose, bone density and Marsh Regional Blood Center will be conducting a blood drive.
Roan Highlands Nursing Center will be providing free food to the attendees. Entertainment will be provided by local church groups, Jodi Howald and the Voice of Lee, an a cappella group from Lee University.
Then at the end of the celebration, the center will host a fireworks display.
“This is just to name a few of the activities,” Roberts said. “There will be so much more. It is a big event that Roan Highlands hosts for the community.”
Roan Highlands is located at 146 Buck Creek Road in Roan Mountain. For more information, call 772-0161.