Tweetsie Railroad Celebrates July Fourth With Fireworks Show
The park will be open until 9 p.m., so you can take in live shows throughout and Tweetsie Railroad's famed Wild West Train adventure into the early evening. At 9:30 p.m., more than 200 large-caliber pyrotechnic mortar shells will burst with brilliant colors lighting the darkness with splendor.
Located on U.S. Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, Tweetsie Railroad opened on July 4, 1957. The park was a dream of Grover Robbins, Jr. who brought the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Engine Number 12 (known as "Tweetsie" to the local residents) back home to the N.C. Mountains. The original run on that July 4 was a one-mile scenic trek that took guests to a picnic area and then backed up into the Tweetsie train station. Today, visitors go on a scenic and exciting three-mile journey through the mountains into the days of the Old West.
Parking on July 4 is $5 a vehicle, but Tweetsie's Golden Rail Season Pass holders park for free. In the event of severe inclement weather, Tweetsie Railroad will hold a rain date on July 5. Tweetsie also offers an optional dinner and exclusive fireworks viewing area in the Hacienda, with a special chicken and barbeque buffet dinner with all the trimmings. Adult tickets for the dinner are $12.95, $9.95 for children ages 3-12 and children 2 and under are free. You can buy dinner tickets at the park on July 4.
Tweetsie Railroad is open seven days a week through August 21, then returns to its weekend schedule (open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) from Aug. 26-Oct. 30, including Labor Day Monday. The park's regular hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m., but will be open until 9 p.m. on July 2, 4, 9 and 16 for Cool Summer Nights. Daily admission is $34 for adults and $22 for children ages 3-12. Kids ages 2 and under are admitted free. Print at home tickets and Golden Rail Season Passes are available at Tweetsie.com.