Finally, it's summer and time to escape to Tennessee. Come, get away from it all and create family vacation memories of a lifetime.

Family Fun

Tennessee pulls out all the stops to celebrate Independence Day, from the nation's first celebration each year with Gatlinburg's Midnight Parade to the largest fireworks show in the country over the river in downtown Nashville. You'll also find smaller events througout the state from Memphis to Bristol.

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Outdoor Adventure

Summer is the perfect time to explore Tennessee's beautiful outdoors. Taking a dip in the pools under one of our stunning waterfalls, rushing down the Ocoee rapids or tubing down one of our lazy rivers - what will you plan for your visit?

Summer Festivals

Summer festivals abound in Tennessee, celebrating our music, food, artisans and people. Here are some of our festivals to visit over the next few weeks - Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade, Pigeon Forge Annual Patriot Festival - July 4, Jonesborough Days - July 2-4, 44th Annual Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival - July 3-4, Kingsport Fun Fest - July 10-18 and Uncle Dave Macon Days Old-Time Music Festival in Mufreesboro - July 10-12.

Summer Trip Tales

Summer is the perfect time to hit Tennessee's backroads. Pick one of our 16 Discover Tennessee: Trails & Byways, pack the car, turn up the radio and hit the road. It's time for a road trip that can only be Made in Tennessee.

Road Trip Revival
Jul 4 July 4th Celebration and Anvil Shoot Norris, TN July 4th will be celebrated in an unusual, dramatic, and traditional fashion at the Museum of Appalachia with historic anvil shoots. learn more Jul 4 Patriot Festival Pigeon Forge, TN Spend the 4th of July celebrating in Pigeon Forge! The Annual Patriot Festival at Patriot Park is a day filled with great food, games for the entire family, entertainment and fireworks. learn more Jul 4 Monteagle July 4th Parade Monteagle, TN Monteagle 4th of July Parade. Theme is Traveling Across America. Parade line up at 9:00 am behind the Smoke House Restaurant, Parade starts at 10:00 am, along 2.5 miles down Main Street, ending at Monteagle City Hall. learn more Jul 4 Museum of Appalachia's Independence Day Celebration & Anvil Shoot Clinton, TN Celebrate as the Pioneers did with the Anvil Shoot on July 4th learn more Jul 4 4th of July Midnight Parade Gatlinburg, TN This annual showcase salutes the valiant men and women of our military services in the “First July Fourth Parade in the Nation!” The parade starts at the stroke of midnight to begin Independence Day. Floats, balloons and marching bands pay tribute to our country during this Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event. learn more