Fourth of July Events

Holiday Weather Planner
Happy 4th of July! If you're making plans to be out-of-doors on this Independence Day be prepared for the heat! We'll see mostly sunny skies today in East Tennessee and that sunshine will heat things up to near 90 degrees by this afternoon. That means the weather will just great for the parades, picnics and fireworks. Temperatures by evening will be in the upper 70s for the fireworks shows in Knoxville and the surrounding areas along with mostly clear skies and calm winds. A chance of rain is in the forecast for Thursday evening and Friday. We'll have more about the forecast on Volunteer TV News! --Craig Edwards

Knox County


Festival on the Fourth – World’s Fair Park

2:00 p.m. - The International Bazaar

Featuring the 1982 World's Fair Exhibit by the East Tennessee Historical Center, entertainment, an international buffet and international merchandise opens at the Knoxville Convention and Exhibition Center. Enjoy the "Star Spangled Kids Zone" with an arts and crafts tent, inflatable games, magicians, clowns, puppet shows and a balloon artist. A variety of food vendors will open for attendees to indulge in their favorite treats.

2:00 p.m. - Music on the WDVX Stage on the Festival Lawn.

Enjoy the Amazing Rhythm Aces and other local favorites!

2:00 p.m. - Lonetones (contemporary cool folk)

3:15 p.m. - Maid Rite String Band (Old Time Country String Music)

4:30 p.m. - Christabel and the Jons (folksy, blues, swing)

6:45 p.m. - The Amazing Rhythm Aces (Grammy Winning American Roots Music)

6:00 p.m. - Tribute to the World’s Fair 25th Anniversary.

Former UT Basketball player Dane Bradshaw zooming down a zip line from the top of the Sunsphere kicks off the Salute to the Worlds Fair followed by the National Anthem. A parade of nations then begins where the 22 flags from the visiting countries will be presented.

8:00 p.m. - 23rd Annual Pilot Free Independence Day Concert

On the main stage on the South Lawn featuring the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

9:35 p.m. - Fireworks begin!


20th Annual Independence Day Parade

9:30 a.m. - The parade will be held on Kingston Pike beginning at the entrance of Farragut High School and continuing west to Boring Road (Ingles Shopping Center).

Sevier County


Living History Civil War Reenactment - Mills Park

Tuesday July 3rd

9:00 a.m. - Living History Day Begins

10:00 a.m. -
Cannon Drill

11:00 a.m. - Review

11:30 a.m. - Performance by Confederate Music Group

1:00 p.m. - Drill of Civil War Reenactors

2:00 p.m. - Civil War in the Smokies Author Noel Fisher

2:30 p.m. - Final Review

3:00 p.m. - Grounds close for the day

Wednesday July 4th

9:00 a.m. - Lving History Day 2

10:15 a.m. - Musical Performance

11:00 a.m. - Battle of Burg Hill Reenactment

12:30 p.m. - "The Blue & Gray in Black and White" Concert ft. Sparky & Wanda Rucker

2:00 p.m. - Final Review

2:15 p.m. - Reenactors Break Camp

*Blue Trolley Route extended to Mills Park

32nd Annual Midnight Independence Parade

Midnight July 4th -
For the 32nd consecutive year, Gatlinburg will kick off America’s
Independence Day celebration with the nation’s first parade, presented by Red
Baron Pizza, which will lead off at midnight to the cheers of 80,000 to 100,000
spectators. A salute to Gatlinburg's Bicentennial Celebration and a tribute to
our five branches of military service will be among the many highlights. “This
will be one of the most patriotic and colorful parades that the City of
Gatlinburg has ever produced,” according to Special Events Manager George
Hawkins. “We are very excited about the entire day of events!”
As soon as the street is closed, the parade route will come alive with
pre-parade entertainers that will begin the excitement of what is to
follow. Giant helium balloons will soar through the skyline of downtown
Gatlinburg, from red, white, and blue Stars to Alphonso the dragon, Humpty
Dumpty, and a giant patriotic Eagle and All-Star Train. More than 100 volunteers
will be signed on to help the balloons navigate the streets of Gatlinburg, with
over 100 entries of all types scheduled to appear. National entries such as
Schwan Foods and Red Baron Pizza will bring in their Blaine Kern-designed

River Raft Regatta

11:00 a.m. -
Gatlinburg’s popular River Raft Regatta will take place at noon on Wednesday, July 4th, beginning at the Christus Gardens bridge on River Road and ending at the Aquarium bridge in downtown Gatlinburg. This unmanned river raft race is open to anything floatable except balls and plastic eggs. In the past, families have entered boats made out of matchsticks, floating rocks, as well as little rubber ducks. Registration takes place between 11 a.m. and noon, with the race beginning promptly at noon. Support for the River Raft Regatta is provided by the Gatlinburg Recreation Center.

"Stand Here" Fireworks Finale

10:00 p.m. -“Stand Here” will be the best advice for visitors as Downtown Gatlinburg’s
skyline will transform into a flood of brilliant colors on the night of
Wednesday, July 4, 2007 when the sights and sounds of a spectacular fireworks
display will fill the night sky in commemoration of America’s independence. The
fireworks show, scheduled to begin shortly after sunset, will be a twenty-minute
production with visibility throughout the downtown area. Numerous segments of the show will feature spectacular rocket bursts 500
feet overhead. “The downtown Parkway will be the best place to watch the show,”
stated George Hawkins, Special Events Manager for Gatlinburg’s Department of
Tourism. “Between traffic lights #3 and #7, our visitors will have great views,
as will the businesses and accommodations that overlook the downtown area." “By
staging the fireworks in this manner, spectators can enjoy the attractions,
shops, nightlife, and restaurants throughout downtown prior to the display, with
no worry about finding a good viewing spot as the fireworks begin,” Hawkins
added. “The display should make for a perfect finale to Gatlinburg’s Fourth of
July Celebration.”

Pigeon Forge

17th Annual Patriot Festival

Tuesday July 3rd

Bluegrass Day

1:00 p.m. -
Old Mill Square will host Bluegrass Day. The Old Mill will host a special
performance of the Delaware Fife and Drum Corp at 1 p.m. Free concerts will
begin at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. featuring the Carolina Bluegrass Boys.

Wednesday July 4th

1:00 p.m. - Tennessee State Bank's Kids Karnival - will feature games and activities for all ages, including a climbing wall,
Eurobungy, a giant slide for children 6 and under, sandboxes for toddlers, a
Photo Booth Magic for picture taking, a Mommy & Me hospitality tent, water
misting tents, a giant slide for all ages, a velcro wall, a Kiddie Ball Crawl, a
Kiddie Moonwalk, a mechanical bull, a Kiddie Carousel, and a Kiddie Tea Cup

5:00 p.m. - Star Jam Entertainment - presented in conjunction with Knoxville’s Star
102.1 FM, begins at 5 p.m., with scheduled performers including Grammy-nominated
Bowling for Soup, QuietDrive, Tiffany Affair and “American Idol” contestant
Kimberly Locke. A stunning firework display will follow the evening’s concerts.
The firework show will be synchronized to music broadcasted live on Star
102.1.Those attending activities at Old Mill Square and in Patriot Park are
encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. Food and beverages will
be available on site.

7:30 p.m. - Gravely Presents Charlie Daniels

The new Dick Clark's American Bandstand Music Complex in Pigeon Forge welcomes Charlie Daniels
. Tickets start at $19.99.


7:15 p.m. - Tennessee Smokies vs. Mississippi Braves at Smokies Stadiums

9:30 p.m. - Fireworks at Smokies Stadium

Roane County


Smokin the Water

10:00 a.m. - Car Show -
Roane County High School Parking Lot

12:30 p.m. - Homemade River Raft Race

3:00 p.m. - Home Run Derby at Byrd Field

6:30 p.m. - Dirt Road Drifters at the Gravel Pit

8:15 p.m. - Tall Pau at the Gravel Pit

9:30 p.m. - Fireworks

10:00 p.m. - Tall Paul returns to the stage

Cocke County


5:30 p.m. - Beach Party - Cocke County Fairgrounds - 10 Tons of sand will create a beach in Newport. Bring you beach blankets and sunscreen.

Sunset - Fireworks

Anderson County

Norris - Museum of Appalachia

Throughout the day - Annual Anvil Shoot

2:00 p.m. - Replica Liberty Ringing Ceremony

Hamblen County


2:00-10:00p.m. –
Cherokee Park July 4th Celebration

Featuring Confederate Railroad in Concert and Featuring the Lakeway Idol Contest

Cherokee Park Amphitheatre

Cumberland County


9:00 p.m. - Fireworks Display

The 4th of July Fireworks Display will be at Centennial Park. Children’s activities will begin at 6pm followed by fireworks at 9pm. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and sit back and enjoy. For more information call 931-456-6632.

Crab Orchard

10:00 a.m. - Children's Parade

The Children’s Parade sponsored by The Crab-Orchard Chapter, DAR will be July 4
beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Palace Theatre and ending at the Depot. This is
primarily a walking parade of children, birth to 12, dressed in patriotic dress.
They may dress to resemble a person from our history. They may ride bicycles and
non-gasoline powered children’s vehicles. This is a fun event to promote
patriotism and pride in our country for the young children of our community. For
more information contact Charlotte Reynolds Parade Chairman 484-2630.

We have more events to be posted, check back this afternoon for more!

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