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Celebrate the U.S. in Tennessee

July 4 in the United States is one of the biggest holidays as it celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence (official separation from Britain occurred July 2, 1776). Parades, community get-togethers, lots of food and, of course, loads of fireworks bursting in the night sky can be found nationwide. Tennessee does things a bit bigger, though, with some of the best nationally-known Independence Day parties around including the nation’s first July 4 parade, concerts from big-name artists, and enough family fun to make the 4th the best day of the summer. Take a look at just some of the Independence Day events happening across the state. Then, head over to tnvacation.com/calendar for the full list.

EAST

Gatlinburg is the site for the nation’s first 2014 Independence Day celebration with the 4th of July Midnight Parade leading off midnight July 4 at traffic light No. 1A on East Parkway. The parade, with its illuminated floats, attracts approx. 100,000 spectators and many begin securing their places 7 a.m. July 3, so get there plenty early. Events continue throughout the day including the noon River Raft Regatta at Christ in the Smokies bridge on River Road. The annual fireworks display sets off at 10 p.m. downtown.

Gatlinburg Parade - Soldier's Quilt, Jim Davis cvb

Pigeon Forge shows its patriotic spirit with the 24th annual Patriot Festival. Musical entertainment will begin in the afternoon until 10 p.m. with the Tim Kellar Band, Adkins & Loudermilk, and the Jimmy Buffet tribute band Sons of Sailors with headliner Lonestar. The festival goes out with a bang with the much-anticipated, extravagant fireworks display.

MIDDLE

Locals and visitors alike flock to Music City for July 4th during the Let Freedom Sing: July 4 in Music City celebration. Yahoo! Travel named it among their “Best Fourth of July Fireworks Shows in 2013” and MSN Living named it one of the best in the nation. This year is sure to impress with musical guests Billy Currington, Ashley Monroe, and Striking Matches among a slew of others. The fireworks display will be accompanied with music by the Grammy Award-winning Nashville Symphony. Attend one of the biggest Nashville parties of the year and, bonus, it’s all free!

Nashville 4th of July at Arena

Catch a volleyball tournament, Cornhole tournament, bumper boats and splash pad and contests for Rock the Dock Independence Day Celebration 9 a.m. with the fireworks show going off at 9 p.m. at Mitchell Creek Marina in Allons.

WEST

Celebrations across Memphis are happening Independence Day weekend with firework shows at the Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center July 3 with live musical entertainment by the community concert band at 6:30 p.m. Plan for a full day of food, rides, games, live music and fireworks at Mud Island during its Independence Day Celebration July 4 and, finally, Germantown will have moon bounces, crafts, games, live music and fireworks beginning 5 p.m. July 4 at the Municipal Park.

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Tiptonville is throwing a community bash July 5 with a flea market, lots of food and music by Traley Fisher. Plan to see the fireworks from the water with a pontoon boat cruise on Quake Lake. Reservations can be made by calling 731-253-9652.

Are you celebrating July 4 in Tennessee? Share your travel plans in the comment box below!

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