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Find fireworks, music and fun in Tennessee for July 4th

As the United States celebrates its birthday, Tennessee celebrates the nation and its freedoms with music, food, fun and, most importantly, impressive fireworks. If you’re still unsure how you’re going to celebrate America’s 237th birthday, here are a few great parties Tennessee is hosting. More celebrations can be found at www.tnvacation.com/calendar.

EAST

Celebrate July 4th a bit differently by attending Gatlinburg’s Midnight Parade July 3. Illuminating floats, large balloons, marching bands, bagpipes and more make up the parade. Celebrate its 38th year by honoring Women Veterans and Other U.S. Heroes. Over 100,000 people witness the excitement along the sidewalks downtown. Calculate your best view as the parade route begins on East Parkway and travels the length of the downtown street until Ski Mountain Road. Get there early, as many set up chairs as early as 7 a.m. July 3. Gatlinburg welcomes Independence Day with the River Raft Regatta, an unmanned floatables race and free concerts with a fireworks display.

Fireworks2Celebrate in Chattanooga with the free Pops on the River concert, an annual Independence Day celebration featuring the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Orchestra 8 p.m. July 3 at Coolidge Park. Enjoy traditional tunes and close out the concert by seeing a fabulous fireworks finale over the Tennessee River. Bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets to enjoy this night of music and family fun. You can even view the fireworks on the Southern Belle Riverboat as part of their one-hour Fireworks cruise. Reservations are recommended and tickets are $14.95. A concession stand with snacks and beverages will be available.

MIDDLE

The Band Perry, the Nashville Symphony, Keb’ Mo’. Those are just some of the artists who are playing at the 2013 Music City July 4th “Let Freedom Sing” celebration July 4-5 at Riverfront Park. Dance the day away and enjoy a spectacular fireworks display accompanied by the Grammy-Award winning Nashville Symphony. Kids will love the free Family Fun Zone which includes misting stations, interactive displays, inflatables, games, free smoothie samples from McDonald’s and more noon to 5 p.m. July 4.

4th of JulyHead to Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art for its “Red, LIGHT and Blue!” show 6:30-11 p.m. July 4 with Family Night Out, featuring a “Magic of America” Magic Show. Bruce Munro’s “Light” exhibition will take the stage at 8 p.m. along with musicians who will play Americana music and more in the herb garden and a pianist in the mansion who will play patriotic pieces.

WEST

Food, fireworks and games will be the highlight in Memphis as part of the 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Display at Mud Island River Park. Patrons are encouraged to pack a picnic, blankets and chairs. Stay all day and enjoy the fun until nightfall when one of the best fireworks displays will be set off.

FireworksChildren will have a blast with the inflatable games at the 29th Annual Independence Day Celebration beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Collierville. Live music featuring some local artists and delicious food will be included in the celebration along with a beautiful fireworks display 9 p.m. at White House City Park. There will also be a hospitality tent for veterans and their families to enjoy food and beverages.

How are you planning to celebrate Independence Day? Let me know in the comments below!

Hey! I’m Amanda Stravinsky, a born-and-raised Jersey girl who now makes her home in the awesome, musically-inclined city of...Read on

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