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Patriotic concert at Levitt Shell with fireworks finale
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Tennessee Rocks July 4 Celebrations

Check out what Tennessee has in store for the most patriotic weekend in the nation.

Tennessee pulls out all the stops this year to celebrate American freedom. Independence Day in the Volunteer State will host the very first July 4th parade in the nation; the largest Independence Day celebration in the country; community events that exude quaint charm; and, of course, lots of fireworks. Check out what Tennessee has in store for the most patriotic weekend in the nation.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga will celebrate our nation’s independence this year with the 2019 Pops on the River Independence Day Celebration on Monday, July 3, 2019 at Coolidge Park. This event is free and open to the public. Family-friendly activities, a special tribute to veterans featuring Veterans songwriters with Operation Song at 5 p.m., music by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera at 8 p.m. and fireworks beginning approximately at 9:45 p.m. are all on tap. A variety of food, non-alcoholic drinks and beer will be available on site. Guests may bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the day's activities.

Clarksville, Tennessee

The City of Clarksville will celebrate with the 2019 Independence Day Celebration 6:30 pm. July 3, 2019 at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center. Live music, a variety of activities for kids and Clarksville's largest fireworks display at Liberty Park are scheduled. 

Clinton, Tennessee 

The Independence Day Celebration & Anvil Shoot looks at how rural residents celebrated the nation's independence July 4, 2019 at the Museum of Appalachia. Shooting the anvil has become the highlight of this event as the earth shakes following a huge blasting sound. Patriotic ceremonies, music, historic demonstrations, tours of the museum and food vendors round out the family-friendly, unforgettable experience. 

Cookeville, Tennessee

Celebrate America with Cookeville’s fun, festive and free Red, White & BOOM July 4th Celebration June 29-July 8, 2019. Cookeville knows how to put on a show for our country’s independence through a variety of activities. There’s even a 1,000-ft waterslide through the middle of downtown courtesy of Slide CKVL. Enjoy cruise-ins, patriotic parades, firecracker flea markets, concerts and the second largest fireworks show in Tennessee. 

Elizabethton, Tennessee

If you want small town charm with a side of Independence Day celebrations, visit Elizabethton, Tennessee as July 4, 2019 is commemorated with the National Anthem, 21 Gun Salute and Pledge of Allegiance at Covered Bridge Park. Then, the live performances begin (lineup to be announced soon). Storytellers and craftsmen are on site, showcasing stories and skilled crafts from the American Revolutionary period. After sunset, an extensive fireworks display commemorates America’s birthday.

Franklin, Tennessee 

Franklin on the Fourth is an annual celebration of America’s independence featuring family-friendly activities beginning 10 a.m. July 4, 2019 in downtown Franklin. Music will be performed and crafts, endless food options, antique cars and a large kids zone that features a petting zoo, pony rides and inflatables are also included. When you get hungry, nosh on barbecue or nachos, corndogs and roasted corn on the cob. After the daytime fun, head to Harlinsdale Farm 8 p.m. for the fireworks display that starts approximately at 9 p.m.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

See the July 4th parade in the nation.
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For the 44th consecutive year, Gatlinburg is the location to experience the first July 4th parade in the nation as it begins at 12:01 a.m. ET July 4, 2019 down the Parkway. An upwards of 80,000 spectators gather each year to see the procession, honoring military veterans and U.S. military heroes with the classic, small town American parade. Festivities during the day include the annual River Raft Regatta, a race of unmanned floatables down the Little Pigeon River, and a 20-minute fireworks display at 10 p.m. ET. Snag the best view around traffic lights #3 and #5. 

Knoxville, Tennessee 

Festival on the 4th includes miniature golf provided by Holes to go, Lego building with Bricks for Kids, food and more 4-10 p.m. July 4, 2019 at World’s Fair Park in Knoxville. New this year is the Home Federal Bank Family Fun Stage that will include live, family-friendly entertainment 4-7:45 p.m. inside the Amphitheater. Enjoy live music and the musical finale by Knoxville Symphony performed 8 p.m. with a grand fireworks display starting at 9:35 p.m. 

Jonesborough, Tennessee 

Tennessee’s Oldest Town celebrates the annual Jonesborough Days Festival 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day July 4-6, 2019 in downtown Jonesborough. Bring the whole family to enjoy storytelling, a parade, music and more. Fireworks will be set off July 6, ending the big celebration with a bang. Additional events include the Low Country Shrimp Boil, regional performers, more than 70 local handmade crafters, and hands-on activities including performance activities, an archaeology dig, heritage games and the Made It Market - where young makers can sell their handmade art and goods.

Lancaster, Tennessee

The 15th annual Lancaster Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Celebration takes place Sunday, June 30 along Highway 141 in Lancaster, Tennessee. Food and live music start at 5 p.m. A patriotic parade then marches through at 6 p.m. and fireworks are just after sunset. Come enjoy the local community’s annual celebration of American independence with live music, homemade barbecue, ice cream and apple pies. Don't miss the storytellers and craftsmen showcasing stories and crafts from the American Revolutionary period.

Memphis, Tennessee

The home of blues, soul and rock 'n' roll is the place to be for patriotic celebrations beginning with the Memphis Symphony and the Second Presbyterian Church choir's Patriotic Pops 7:30 p.m. June 28, 2019 at the Levitt Shell with a fireworks closing. Toast to the U.S. with Backbeat Tours' Red, White and Brew Tour 6-8:30 p.m. June 30, 2019 departing from B.B. King's on Beale Street. There's a whole host of celebrations from Millington to Barlett to Collierville. Memphis hosts several July 4th celebrations at attractions like AutoZone Park with the Memphis Redbirds, Mud Island River Park and its fireworks spectacular, Hernando Civic Center's Independence Day fireworks, Oliver Branch City Park's fireworks, food, vendors and Kids Zone, and Germantown's fireworks extravaganza that includes moon bounces, games and crafts. See it all from the Peabody Memphis' rooftop. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase at this laid-back get together.

Nashville, Tennessee

One of the nation’s largest July 4 celebrations happens in Music City. For 2019, Nashville hosts Platinum-selling chart-topper Brett Eldredge as headliner of Nashville’s Let Freedom Sing! July 4 in Music City (#NashvilleJuly4) which takes place on Lower Broadway. Additionally, Mc McAnally, Jessy Wilson, The Joe West Band and Dylan Scott will perform. The program will also feature a patriotic recitation by Barry Scott.

The highlight of the free event is a 30-minute fireworks show, the largest fireworks show in the U.S., synchronized to a live performance by the GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony. The event also features a free daytime Family Fun Zone that includes water slides, climbing walls, live music and food samples.