4th of July Events Round-Up {2018}

KMB 4th of JulyAmerica is turning 242, and we’ve got the party schedule laid out for you! 

(Events are listed in chronological order)

Dolly’s Night of Many Colors

June 16-August 5


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 Theatre

The Front Gate in front of the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame

The City of Alcoa Presents: FreedomFest

June 30th, 6-11pm (fireworks begin at 9:45pm)

City of Alcoa Duck Pond


Live music and children’s activities kick off at 6pm. Food is available for purchase. 

First Independence Day Parade in the Nation, Gatlinburg

July 4, at midnight

Parkway, downtown Gatlinburg


Gatlinburg hosts their 42nd annual First Parade of Independence Day at midnight (be sure to arrive early for a good spot as the Parkway is blocked off beginning at 11pm on July 3).

Farragut’s 31st Annual Independence Day Parade

July 4, at 9:30am


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).

Museum of Appalachia Independence Day Celebration & Anvil Shoot, Clinton

July 4, from 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 Anvil shooting is at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 3pm. Event includes a bell-ringing ceremony, flag procession, old-fashioned games, music, and demonstrations from beekeepers, blacksmiths, and patriotic re-enactors.

Celebration of the Declaration of Independence at James White’s Fort

July 4, from 10am-11am

James White’s Fort

Free, donations accepted

This annual observance of Independence Day is in cooperation with 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. 

River Raft Regatta, Gatlinburg

July 4, at 10am to enter, 12pm to watch

Downtown Gatlinburg


Per the event’s page: 

Gatlinburg’s most-nail biting race of the summer returns! Set against the backdrop of Gatlinburg’s fun-filled Fourth of July celebration, comes the ever-competitive River Raft Regatta, an annual race of unmanned floatables down the Little Pigeon River.

All contestants will begin the day at the race’s starting line at the Christ in the Smokies bridge, beginning from 10am to register their floatable. The race kicks-off at noon and ends after all floatables have crossed the finish line at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

New this year, event goers can opt to enter a rented rubber duck into the competition (or bring your own at no cost) for the bargain price of $1.00. All proceeds go to the Gatlinburg Chamber Foundation; this is a great way to for everyone to participate in this fun, thrilling event. This year’s River Raft Regatta is made possible through the coordination of the City of Gatlinburg Special Events Office and the Gatlinburg Recreation Department and will issue trophies to those who finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Treasure, Duck and Most Creative Float categories.

Pigeon Forge Patriot Fest

July 4, from noon-10pm (fireworks begins at 9:45pm)

Patriot Park

Free admission

A day and night of live music, food, and fun games in celebration of our nation’s birthday! The headliner for this year’s event is an American country artist Craig Morgan.

All activities are free and open to the public, and are sure to be enjoyed by the entire family. Food available for purchase. Bring a seat and stay a while. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome! Umbrellas and coolers are not permitted.

Festival on the 4th, Knoxville

July 4, from 4pm-10pm (fireworks begin at 9:42pm)

World’s Fair Park


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

New to Festival on the 4th this year is the Home Federal Bank Family Fun Stage. The Home Federal Family Fun Stage will feature live entertainment with new and exciting interactive fun for the whole family, taking place inside the Amphitheater from 4pm- 7:45pm.

Townsend Fireworks

July 4, at 9:45pm

Adjacent to Highland Manor Inn


Gatlinburg’s Fireworks Finale

July 4, at 10pm

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.

We hope you have a fabulous 4th of July! We’ll make sure to update this list as more event information becomes available.

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One Response to 4th of July Events Round-Up {2018}

  1. Melissa Dunham June 8, 2018 at 11:28 am #

    Powell 4th of July parade at 11am. Starts at the corner of Clinton Highway/ Emory Rd and goes to Powell Highschool.

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