Knoxville Celebrates World's Fair Anniversary on July 4th

By: Stacy McCloud
By: Stacy McCloud

Knoxville (WVLT) - The City of Knoxville is preparing for tens of thousands of people to gather to celebrate the fourth as well as a very important anniversary for our city.

It's been 25 years since the World’s Fair made its mark here and many people will certainly want to be there to celebrate, but with any visit Downtown, comes the question, where do I park?

No worries, Volunteer TV’s Stacy McCloud has mapped out exactly where you need to be where to catch every moment of the big show.

"There is still a lot to be done as you can see there is not much out there,” says Knoxville Communications Coordinator Randy Kenner.

Crews from one corner of World’s Fair Park, to the other, are working around the clock transforming every acre of this normally empty lawn, into a family friendly party to celebrate our nation's birthday and a major anniversary for the City of Knoxville.

Fifty to sixty thousand people are expected to take part in the activities, ranging from 1982 World's Fair exhibits, to kids zones, shopping, crafts, tributes, and music of different styles and eras.

"We’ll have the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, patriotic music, music from the 1982,” says Kenner.

And you can't forget the big show, at 9:35 p.m.

An entire day, full of plenty of food, fun, and believe it or not, "there will be plenty of parking when you get down here,” Kenner says.

As long as it's legal, and not privately owned or off limits, every space is free!

Aside from plenty of spots here and there, a spacious 645 space garage sits on Locust Street, Market Square has one with 700, and State Street Garage brings an extra 842.

Also, don't forget the large 11th street garage, and the many large parking lots like Blackstock, and Fort Kids.

Another option you may not have thought of because of it being so far away, is the coliseum. It too is free, and the city is offering a free shuttle that will run every 30 minutes, taking you to and from the festivities.

Still it's likely to be bumper to bumper, which leaves organizers with some very simple advise.

"You want to get here early if you can,” Kenner says.

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