Gatlinburg Fourth of July parade draws thousands to Sevier County

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT)- It was a packed night for restaurants, shops and attractions in Gatlinburg.

Around 80,000 people packed the city for the annual Fourth of July parade. This is the 41st year for the parade that starts at midnight. It's one of the first celebrations to take place in the country.

Of course many people are coming to enjoy the event but there are countless others who came to honor veterans and the men and women in uniform.

"For me it's about culture of people that can live together in peace it's not just races, it's religions, it's ethnic groups, it's every different type of person in America," said Lance Corporal Parker Teague.

Parker said he decoded to enlist because his father and grandfather were unable to do so because of their medial conditions. So he said the Fourth of July is a personal holiday to him.

This is the 41st year for the parade.