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Finally, it's summer and time to escape to Tennessee. Come, get away from it all and create family vacation memories of a lifetime.
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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
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Jul 5 Creative Zone: Make a Honky-Tonk Hanky Nashville, TN 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Included with museum admission. Free to members. Children and up to two accompanying adults may attend the program and tour the museum at a discounted rate. learn more Jul 5 Fiddle Demonstration: Megan B. Lynch Chowning Nashville, TN 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. learn more Jul 5 Film: Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Farther Along: the Concert (2003) Nashville, TN 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 pm. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. learn more Jul 6 - 10 Arts Adventures Unmasked Maryville, TN Performing Arts Day Camp learn more Jul 6 - 10 Science of History Summer Camp Smyrna, TN The Science of History will focus on the plantation’s natural resources and will feature engaging, hands-on activities designed to inspire campers to take a closer look at the world around them. Activities will include a creek stomp, a meadow safari, outdoor living skills, and maybe even getting up-close and personal with some wildlife! learn more