Fourth of July weekend is a GREAT time to come to the Smokies! You can enjoy the Patriot Festival in Pigeon Forge on July 3. But if you want to enjoy the midnight parade, concerts, River Raft Regatta, and Fireworks Finale in downtown Gatlinburg, you will have to stake out your place early!
More than 100,000 people will gather in dowtown Gatlinburg late on July 3, when the pre-parade festivities begin! Then, at midnight, the parade begins to wind its way through the streets! The colorful and fantastic line-up will include brilliant floats, various bands, including the 129th Army Marching Band, Boyertown (Penn.) Alumni Marching Unit, the Nashville Suzuki Strings and Knoxville Pipe & Drum, and even a float-sized replica of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise from Riverside, Iowa! Also included in the parade will be vintage military vehicles!
The festivities continue on the 4th with the River Raft Regatta. “Gatlinburg’s popular River Raft Regatta takes place at noon on Sunday, July 4th, on the Little Pigeon River in downtown Gatlinburg at Christ in the Smokies. This unmanned river raft race is open to anything floatable except balls and plastic eggs. In the past, families have entered boats made out of matchsticks, floating rocks, as well as little rubber ducks. Registration takes place between 10 a.m. and noon, with the race beginning promptly at noon. Support for the River Raft Regatta is provided by the Gatlinburg Recreation Department.”
After that concerts from the various bands that played in the parade will take place throughout the afternoon! For a detailed schedule, visit the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce’s website! Then stick around until 10pm for the Fireworks Finale!! For a special treat, rent a cabin with a view of downtown and enjoy the fireworks from the comfort of your cabin’s deck! ERA in the Smokies still has just one of our units with such a veiw available for July 4th weekend (as of this moment!), Southern Comfort! Book today!
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