Fourth of July festivities around East Tennessee

By: WVLT Staff
By: WVLT Staff

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- East Tennessee is getting ready to celebrate Independence Day. Here are some of the festivities around the region.

Anderson County
Museum of Appalachia: July 4th will be celebrated in an unusual, dramatic, and traditional fashion at the Museum of Appalachia with historic anvil shoots. In addition, there will be demonstrations of mountain arts and crafts. Bluegrass, old time and folk music will be played and sung on the porches of the cabins and in the old log church, hymn singing and church services will be conducted. The demonstrations and music can be found throughout the 65-acre farm/village complex.

Fire on the Water: The 21st annual fireworks show 'Fire On The Water" on Lake Norris, TN will be June 28th this year. As the 3rd largest show in TN you won’t be surprised that we will have a great show. It's about 27 minutes of non-stop fireworks and will start at dark.

Clinton
Clinton Fireworks and 4th of July Event
Includes a 68-foot obstacle course, 3-lane water slide, bungee run, kids laser tag, food vendors, live entertainment, antique cars, and a 7 p.m. corn-hole tournament (registration at 6). Fireworks scheduled for 10 p.m.

Gatlinburg
The First Independence Day Parade in the Nation marks its 39th year by honoring Military Veterans and other U.S. Military Heroes. The annual Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade leads off at 12 AM (midnight) on Friday, July 4, 2014. Close to 100,000 spectators attend, with many placing folding chairs along the route as early as 7 AM on July 3rd. Festivities continue on the 4th with the annual River Raft Regatta, which begins at the Christ in the Smokies bridge, and wraps up at 10 p.m. with the city's annual fireworks display.

Huntsville
Fireman's Days:
Huntsville Fire Department firefighters host an Independence Day Festival on the Courthouse Mall in Huntsville. Begins with food, crafts and entertainment July 3 and continues on July 4 with a Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast and the annual 4th of July parade at 11 a.m. Fireworks display is at 10 p.m.

Jefferson City
2014 Jefferson City Fourth of July Parade along Main and Russell Street and through old downtown along the railroad tracks. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Jonesborough Days
The Town of Jonesborough organizes this annual patriotic festival to celebrate our Nation’s Heritage. A parade kicks off the festivities and the day continues with games and fun for the kids, the First TN Bank Children’s Area and Stage, the Main Stage that boasts musical performers all weekend long, crafters, festival food, and fireworks with a live musical performance of the Johnson City Community Band.

Knoxville
The City of Knoxville is getting things ready for the annual Festival on the Fourth. It is a great family day at the World's Fair Park and all the activities are free.
What: Festival on the Fourth sponsored by the City of Knoxville
Where: World's fair Park
When: July 4th
Time: 4:00-10:00 pm
Admission: FREE
Parking: Free at all city garages
Schedule: Fun FREE activities for the family include kids slide, train rides, face painting, ball games, balloons and more. There is a cost for the food and beverage vendors.
4:00 pm - Coveralls Band (80's)
5:45 pm - Tug-A-War between the Knoxville Police and Fire Departments
6:15 pm - Brad Blackwell Band (Pop)
8:00 pm - Knoxville Symphony performs
9:35 pm - Spectacular fireworks show

Loudon County
July 4th parade down Mulberry Street.10 a.m.

Lenoir City
July 4th parade and race begins at 11 a.m. at C Street
Rockin' the Docks kicks off with live music at 4 p.m.; food vendors on site until the fireworks show.

Morristown
Party in the Park: Gates open at Cherokee Park at 3 p.m. A show featuring PARMALEE with Jimmie Van Zant. Gates begins at 6 PM. Includes food, fun and fireworks after the concert.

Pigeon Forge
24th Annual Patriot Festival: Games and activities for kids start at noon; food vendors will be on hand and live musical entertainment starts early in the afternoon and lasts until 9:30 or 10 at night. This years' lineup features the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, the Tim Kellar Band, bluegrass group Adkins & Loudermilk, the Jimmy Buffet tribute band Sons of Sailors and the event headliners Lonestar. After the music it’s time for the evening’s finale - an extravagant fireworks display!
Roane County
Smokin' the Water July 4th Festival - Set up along the Kingston waterfront, this event features boat races, a classic car show, homemade raft race, live music all day, Kids Zone, craft vendors, Zero Gravity Jumping, Laser Tag, contests, great food and the largest 4th of July fireworks show in east Tennessee. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Sevierville
Smokies post-game Independence Day fireworks Thursday, July 3.

The Grand Majestic Theater All-American Day cookout with a show honoring veterans, servicemen and women. Free admission with a military ID. Performance includes "America's Hit Parade." Call 865-774-7777 for reservations and group rates.

Sweetwater
Independence Day Celebration: 5k Road Race at 7:30 a.m. and parade at 10 p.m. Kids Zone, vendors, live music, dancing in the streets with Salt and Light Studios and Fireworks by Pyro Shows at dark!

Townsend
Enjoy a 4th of July celebration and stay late to watch the fireworks!


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