Why Tennessee rocks July 4 celebrations
Tennessee is pulling 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. More celebrations can be found at www.tnvacation.com/calendar.
Jonesborough, Tennessee’s oldest town, celebrates Jonesborough Days July 2-4 with all the small town Americana gusto. From a parade, local music, children’s activities and lots of fireworks, it’s the Independence Day weekend event you’ve been wanting to experience. The event is so popular, it has been named one of the Southeast’s Top 20 Events and has won a Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association Pinnacle Award.
Celebrate July 4th a bit differently by attending Gatlinburg’s Midnight Parade, the very first in the nation each year, 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. More than 80,000 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 celebrates daytime Independence Day with the River Raft Regatta, an unmanned floatables race, and free concerts with a fireworks display.
Celebrate 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 8 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.
Smyrna will celebrate, but a day early 5-10 p.m. July 3. With activities for all ages including music and fun for kids, the activities culminate for a beautiful fireworks display at Lee Victory Recreation Park.
Planned to be the largest fireworks display in the nation, Music City July 4th “Let Freedom Sing” is gearing up to be the best celebration July 3-4 at Riverfront Park. Dance the day away beginning 4 p.m. July 3 with free, live music by The Weeks, Gabe Dixon, Elise Davis, and DJ Du. Come back downtown July 4 for performances by four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Martina McBride and Grammy-nominated songwriter Mikky Ekko. 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 OREO Frappe samples from McDonald’s and more noon to 5 p.m. July 4.
If you want to opt for open skies and spaces, have a Celebration Under the Stars with local music, games and activities for kids, lots of food and fireworks 5-9:30 p.m. July 4 at McKnight Park. Bring a lawn chair, blankets, family and friends to enjoy this Murfreesboro community event.
Celebrate American freedom by discovering the wonders of Reelfoot Lake, naturally created by an earthquake in 1811-1812. Tiptonville will celebrate Independence Day with music, fireworks at dusk, picnics, boat rides on the lake amongst the sunken cypress trees, and live music which begins at 7 p.m. Pontoon cruises are also occurring now through September where experienced naturalists take participants around the 18,000-acre lake to educate on the area’s flora and fauna.
Children will have a blast with the inflatable games at the 30th Annual Independence Day Celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m. July 3 in Collierville. Live music featuring some local artists and delicious food will be included in the celebration along with a beautiful fireworks display 9:45 p.m. at White House City Park. There will also be a hospitality tent for veterans and their families to enjoy food and beverages.
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