If your headed to Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains for a summer vacation, what better time for a family visit than July 4th! Gatlinburgs’ fame to claim is that it is the “1st July 4th Parade in the Nation”! They do this by having the parade begin at the stroke of midnight on July 4th.
An estimated 100,000 spectators come to the pretties town in America at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains to witness a parade that begins at midnight. It runs about 1.5 hours and travels about 1 mile. Getting a good spot is key, as the parade travels south on route 321 into the heart of Gatlinburg, all the way through town. Placement of folding chairs and blankets will be available starting at 7 am July 3rd. If your hoping for fireworks, Gatlinburg will not disappoint. “Stand Here” Fireworks Finale will be at light number 3 starting at 10 pm July 4th. Designated a Top 20 event by Southeast Tourism, you will not want to miss this grand display marking our nations 236th birthday!
During the day July 4th, Gatlinburg has a boat load of fun planned. The Gatlinburg’s River Raft Regatta takes place at noon on the Little Pigeon River, Downtown Gatlinburg. This is an event for all ages and all abilities. Anything float-able can be entered. There will be prizes in specific divisions.
Pigeon Forge is having some fantastic festivities also. Patriot Park will host the 23rd Annual Patriot Festival. Beginning at noon, games and activities will be available for kids. Hotel California, a tribute band to the Eagles will take stage at 1:30pm. Throughout the day vendors will be on site with food and drinks. Prior to the fireworks display, headline entertainers Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers will be on stage. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm. Blankets and chairs are encouraged and don’t forget, fido is also welcome on a leash.
Our two towns will come alive with entertainment, festivities and fireworks. Make this the time to visit the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee!