The Big Bang! 4th of July Events Around Knoxville

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Turning 240 is *kind of* a big deal, and we’ve put together a list of activities and entertainment to help you celebrate America’s birthday around our city! 

(In chronological order)

Dolly’s Night of Many Colors, Sevierville

June 11 – Aug. 7, 9:30pm (subject to change)

Dollywood

Free with day’s admission

Synchronized to music each evening. Head to Timber Canyon 15 minutes prior to the fireworks for an energetic and entertaining pre-show!

Guests can enjoy the best viewing areas near:

  • Timber Canyon/Wilderness Pass
  • Country Fair in front of Grandstand Cafe
  • Adventures In Imagination between Dolly’s Closet and Dreamsong Theater
  • The Front Gate in front of the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame

For more information, click here.


The City of Alcoa Presents: FreedomFest

June 25, 6-11pm

Alcoa Duck Pond

Free

For the full schedule of events, please click here.


Rockin’ the Docks, Lenoir City

July 2, 1pm

Lenoir City Park, Cove

Free

Enjoy live music and a kids’ area with a beautiful view before the fireworks at 10 pm. For the entertainment lineup, click here.


Food City’s Party in the Park featuring Craig Campbell, Morristown

July 2, 3-11pm

Cherokee Park – Citizen Tribune/Jefferson Federal Ampitheatre

$5 admission for ages 6+

Come celebrate Hamblen County’s Traditional Party in the Park 4th of July Celebration presented by Food City. This year’s event features headliner Craig Campbell, The Highwaymen Live (A Tribute to Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings), and The Rick Hodge Band. Other activities for the day include, Lakeway Idol, games, food (available for purchase), and a 20 minute firework display.

Gates open at 2pm and Lakeway Idol Competition to begin at 3pm.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.


Shake’n the Lake, Dandridge

July 3, 12pm

The Point Resort Marina and Campground, Douglas Lake

Free

Arrive by boat or car! Kids’ activities begin at noon. There will be live music and the fireworks over the lake begin at 10pm.

For more information, visit here.


Fairview FreedomFest, Corryton

July 3, 5-9pm

Fairview Baptist Church

Free

Fairview Baptist will be hosting a night of fun that includes free food, children’s games, music, and a 20 minute fireworks display beginning at 9pm.

For more information and details on parking, click here.


3rd of July Fireworks at Maple Lane Farms- Greenback

July 3, 5-10 pm

Maple Lane Farms

free

Join Faith Promise Church at Maple Lane Farms as we celebrate Independence Day. During the event the following items will be offered free of cost to everyone who attends: Inflatables Euro Jump, Mechanical Bull, Wipeout Course, Survivor Obstacle Course, Fireworks Show by Pyro Shows, popcorn and water, parking, and live bluegrass music from The Holloway Sisters Blue Grass Band. Food can be purchased from local food truck vendors or you can bring a picnic. (Food Truck Vendors for the event: Big O’s Famous BBQ, Breezy Weenie Pub Grub, Checkered Board Cheese, Dale’s Fried Pies, Holy Smoking BBQ, The Lunch Box, Amazing Pizza Company, Cruze Farm Milk Truck, Pella’s Ice Cream Truck, Smokey Mountain Snow, Sweet Cheeks Treats) This year’s fireworks show will be dedicated to the memory of Bob Schmidt, owner and operator of Maple Lane Farms.


Grace American Celebration, Knoxville

July 3, 6pm

Grace Baptist Church

Free

Fun, food, special musical guests The Voices Of Mobile and fireworks by Pyroshows!


Red, White, & Bluegrass, Dandridge

July 3, 6-9pm

Dandridge Town Hall

Free

Downtown Dandridge will come alive to the sound of Pop Seals & Open Range as they perform on the stage at Town Hall. Come get your spot on the dike early and enjoy the fireworks from Shakin’ the Lake after the music ends.


First Independence Day Parade in the Nation, Gatlinburg

July 4, midnight

Parkway, downtown Gatlinburg

Free

Gatlinburg hosts their 41st annual First Parade of Independence Day right at midnight (be sure to arrive early for a good spot as the Parkway is blocked off beginning at 11pm July 3)!


Farragut’s 29th Annual Independence Day Parade

July 4, 9:30am

Farragut

Free

The parade will begin on Kingston Pike at Lendon Welch Way (Farragut High School entrance) and continue to Boring Road, just east of Farragut Towne Square Shopping Center (old Ingles store site). Visit Town of Farragut for full details.


Museum of Appalachia Independence Day Celebration & Anvil Shoot, Clinton

July 4, 9am-6pm

Museum of Appalachia

Free with day’s admission

Spend Independence Day celebrating the old-fashioned way. The museum opens for visitors at 9am and the July 4th fun kicks off at 2pm with a bell-ringing ceremony. Other activities include the Liberty Pole raising and anvil shoots throughout the day.

For more information, please visit the Museum of Appalachia’s event page.


River Raft Regatta, Gatlinburg

July 3, 10am to enter, 12pm to watch

Downtown Gatlinburg

Free

Per the event’s page: This year’s fun-filled Fourth of July celebration in Gatlinburg will feature the always-competitive River Raft Regatta, the unmanned kind.

Anything floatable can be entered starting at 10am at the Christ in the Smokies bridge on River Road and will end at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. There are two categories: Trash (not hand-made) and Treasure (hand-made) – awards will go to the top three in each category. Additionally, the “Judges Choice” award will go to the most creative “raft.” Awards will be given to the oldest and the youngest participant. Registration begins at 10am and the race will start at 12pm. Trophies will be supplied by the Gatlinburg Recreation Department.


Sons of the American Revolution Celebration, Knoxville

July 4, 10am-12pm

James White’s Fort

Free to the public, donations accepted.

This annual observance of Independence Day is in cooperation with the Sons of the Revolution, The Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Children of the Revolution. Activities include a flag ceremony, reading of the Signers of the Declaration and a short speech. Refreshments will be served.


Marble Springs 4th of July “Let Freedom Ring,” Knoxville

July 4, 10am-4pm

Marble Springs State Historic Site

Free to the public, donations appreciated

Marble Springs State Historic Site will host a Bell Ringing ceremony, in collaboration with the General Henry Knox Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution and local reenacting community. Activities will also include a freedom pole and a long hunter camp.

For more information, please visit Marble Springs’ website.


Pigeon Forge Patriot Fest

July 4, 12-10pm

Patriot Park

Free admission

The musical guests this year are Joe Diffie, taking the stage at 8pm. Food vendors and the free kids’ Karnival will open at noon and entertainment will begin at 1:30pm throughout the day until the grand finale – a celebratory fireworks show illuminating the sky over the majestic Smoky Mountains.

For the entertainment lineup and parking information, please click here.


Festival on the 4th, Knoxville

July 4, 4-10pm

World’s Fair Park

Free

Spend your 4th in a kid-friendly atmosphere with tons to do including a kids’ area, live music from Kelsey Woods and Fourkast, and good eats (available for purchase). The night will end with thehere and a fireworks finale.


Oak Ridge Independence Day Concert and Firework Show

July 4, 7pm

A.K. Bissell Park

Free

The Oak Ridge Community Band will put on a concert followed by the annual Oak Ridge City Fireworks Display. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for outdoor seating. Concert begins at 7pm.


Postgame Fireworks – Tennessee Smokies vs Jackson Generals, Sevierville

July 4,  7:05pm

Smokies Stadium

Fireworks free with purchase of ticket

This night of celebrating America with its favorite pastime includes several fun promotions, including Dollar Night ($1 hot dogs, popcorn, Pepsi products, and programs), Kids Run the Bases, and a postgame fireworks show!

Purchase your tickets here.


Townsend Fireworks

July 4, 9:45pm

Adjacent to Highland Manor Inn

Free


Gatlinburg’s Fireworks Finale

July 4, 10pm

Downtown Gatlinburg

Free

The final leg of Gatlinburg’s 4th festivities is a 20 minute firework display, best viewed from spots around stoplights #3 and #5 on the Parkway.


If your crew will be in the Chattanooga area for summer fun on or around the 4th, be sure to check out Chattanooga Moms Blog’s Independence Day Guide!

Have a safe and happy 4th, y’all! 

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