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Cookeville, Tennessee's Red, White & Boom July 4 celebration
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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.

East Tennessee

Rock City Gardens - Chattanooga

At Rock City, enjoy summer breezes and live music like country, folk and bluegrass during Summer Music Weekends happening now through Sept. 6, 2021, including the week of July 4, 2021 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Take in the views of Lookout Mountain and cool off with a milkshake or lemonade while watching birds of prey shows featuring owls, peregrine falcon, red-tailed hawk and more. Stop in Cafe 7 for a southern meal and crafted beers. Leashed pets are welcome.

Museum of Appalachia - Clinton

The Independence Day Celebration & Anvil Shoot looks at how rural residents celebrated the nation's independence July 4, 2021 at the Museum of Appalachia. Shooting the anvil has become the highlight of this event as the earth shakes following a huge blasting sound. Anvil shoots were once a popular way for pioneers to celebrate holidays and special occasions. Anvil shoots are scheduled for 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Live music, southern food, blacksmith demonstrations, beekeepers, dulcimer makers, spinners and weavers are just some of the additional sights you can see to round out the family-friendly, unforgettable experience. 

Elizabethton

If you want small town charm with a side of Independence Day celebrations, visit Elizabethton, Tennessee as July 4, 2021 is commemorated with the National Anthem, 21 Gun Salute and Pledge of Allegiance at Covered Bridge Park. Then, the live performances begin along with a patriotic bike parade, beauty pageant, dance team recitals, free inflatables for the kids to enjoy and more. 

Gatlinburg

See the July 4th parade in the nation.
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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, 2021. The award-winning Fourth of July Midnight Parade is full of floats, patriotic displays and balloons down the Parkway. Stick around for festivities during the day including the annual River Raft Regatta, a race of unmanned floatables down the Little Pigeon River. A patriotic concert is performed by the 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, Kentucky at 9 p.m. at Ripley's Aquarium Plaza. The night ends with the Fireworks Finale from the Space Needle, beginning at 10 p.m.

Knoxville

Knoxville will host a "Celebration of the 4th" July 2-3, 2021 with both days full of music performances at World's Fair Park. Bring a chair, blanket and a picnic dinner to enjoy while listening to live music. Performances include the Air National Guard Band of the South's Concert Band, Blue Groove Jazz Band and their Sound Barrier Rock Back on July 2. The night of music will include a fireworks show from Fort Kid parking lot across from the Knoxville Museum of Art. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert at the Tennessee Amphitheatre July 3.

Jonesborough

Tennessee’s Oldest Town celebrates the annual Jonesborough Days Festival 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 4-5, 2021 in downtown Jonesborough. One of the highlights of the celebrations is the 1940s USO Show performed with the Jonesborough's Repertory Theatre's radio station, WJRT as the theatre presents the show. The radio cast will sing, dance and honor military families. The performance will be broadcasted on airwaves, much like how the radio airwaves were a source of entertainment and information when the U.S. entered World War II. 

Middle Tennessee

Clarksville

The City of Clarksville will celebrate with the 2021 Independence Day Celebration 5 pm. July 3, 2021 at Liberty Park. Live music, a variety of activities for kids and Clarksville's largest fireworks display are scheduled. 

Cookeville

Celebrate America with Cookeville’s fun, festive and free Red, White & BOOM July 4th Celebration 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 3. Cookeville knows how to put on a show for our country’s independence through a variety of activities. A classic car cruise-in, a concert by the 129th U.S. Army Band at Dogwood Park and performances by Jake Hoot, Avery Trace Bluegrass Band, Smoky Nights, Split Decision and more take place all day. Then, the second largest fireworks show in Tennessee lights up the night sky.

Franklin

Franklin on the Fourth is an annual celebration of America’s independence featuring family-friendly activities on July 4, 2021 in downtown Franklin. Music will be performed and crafts, endless food options and entertainment will be highlights of the day. When you get hungry, nosh on barbecue or nachos, corndogs and roasted corn on the cob. After the daytime fun, head to Harlinsdale Farm for an impressive fireworks display.

Nashville

One of the nation’s largest July 4 celebrations happens in Music City. Nashville is planning the largest fireworks show in Nashville history, synchronized to a live performance by the Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony. Starting at 4 p.m. CT, the free Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th event in downtown Nashville will feature a set from DJ Robert Luke then live music from rocker Lilly Hiatt, R&B-funk-jazz group Regi Wooten and Friends, and country rock-southern pop artist Priscilla Block. Headliner Brad Paisley will keep you dancing until the fireworks show. A food truck court will have a diverse range of tastes at Walk of Fame Park. Check off your must-see attractions before the fireworks with the Total Access Pass. Choose four attractions to visit from over 30 popular options and receive two bonus attractions for free, plus several special offers to even more activities. 

West Tennessee

Pickwick Landing State Park - Counce

Visit Pickwick Landing State Park July 4, 2021 for ranger-led activities, food and craft vendors. Then, enjoy views of the 9 p.m. fireworks show, launching from Pickwick Landing State Park's Sandy Beach (closed to spectators), near and around the Inn, Circle Beach, from the golf course hillside bank, the playground and shelter one hillside bank areas. Additionally, the town of Saltillo will also have a fireworks show at the Tennessee river bank on July 4, 2021 at dark.

Blue Bank Resort - Hornbeak

Book a stay at Blue Bank Resort to take part in the Independence Day celebration Friday, July 2. Enjoy the beautiful views of Reelfoot Lake while a fireworks show takes place. During your stay, take some time to relax in the butterfly garden, dine lakeside and take a swim in the pool or sink with a contented 'ahh' into the hot tub.

Elvis Presley's Graceland - Memphis

Head to the King of Rock n' Roll's palace, Elvis Presley's Graceland, for an All-American Elvis-inspired fireworks extravaganza 6-10 p.m. July 3-4, 2021. Celebrate our nation's independence with rock n' roll, barbecue, Elvis and fireworks. On July 3, enjoy a concert by Bill Cherry, the 2009 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winner at the Soundstage at Graceland. Then, join Angie Marchese, Graceland's VP of Archives and Exhibits on a hidden Graceland tour where you can see hidden areas and items not seen on regular tours. Kick off July 4 with the Great American Sunday Gospel Brunch at The Guest House at Graceland. Spend time indoors and outside at Elvis Presley's Memphis Exhibit and Entertainment Complex shopping, dining and experiencing the new 10 interactive experiences that get you closer to Elvis like never before. When the sun sets, a firework display set to Elvis' iconic music will bring the festivities to a memorable close.

Discovery Park of America - Union City

Step back in time at Discovery Park of America on July 3, 2021. Several activities will be held in different areas of the park. See a reenactment of the Boston Tea Party and the ringing of the bells ceremony at the Chapel. The Declaration of Independence and the ringing of the Liberty Bell replica will also take place. Interact with historians like James Madison, John Stowe, Samuel Adams and more.

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