Midnight Independence Day Parade

Subscribe to A Day in the Smokies!!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!  

The Independance Day Midnight ParadeMore 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!

River Raft RegattaThe 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.”

Enjoy the Fireworks from our cabin Southern Comfort!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!

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.


2 thoughts on “Midnight Independence Day Parade

  1. Anyone who is going to have a family should move to Gatlinburg. That area has so much for people to do to cool off during the hot Summer. Some people in this coutry sweat all Summer long, but the people in the Smokies have swimming pools everywhere and jacuzzis everywhere. There isn’t a better place to vacation. It’s crowded during the Summer, but if you use a bike you’ll get around a lot easier. In fact anyone that can should ride a bike in the area. They know how to live there. Where can you live and within five miles you can do everything. The only thing you don’t have is a beach.

  2. We vacationed here several times a year for 23 years as our children were growing up, we always had a wonderful time and things to do no matter the season. We moved here 4 yrs. ago after my husband retired and we had adopted two of our grandsons. My Husband works at Dollywood part time. The entire family have Dollywood ID’s and can go to all the Ripley’s entertainment and most all shows in Pigeon Forge including Splash Country and Dixie Stampede free and Dollywood everyday if we choose. Dollywood has great incentives for the employees and their Family’s including a Doctor’s office.
    We live out in the Pittman Center Community of Sevier Co. our boys go to awesome Schools, Pittman Center is Pre-school to 8th grade with only about 125 students and GP Highschool has less than 800 students with tons of Scholarships, ranked as one of the top Schools in TN.
    We are close enough to town we can go by Trolley anytime we want. Close enough to I-40 in Newport to miss all the traffic, and plenty of backroads to get you from one side of the County to the other with no traffic problems. We love it, it’s peaceful, low crime rate and a great, beautiful place to raise the kids. Also kids can work here at the age of 15.
    Come visit or come stay, either way theres never a lack of things to do, picnicing in the Mountains, rafting, shopping, Motor Trails, horseback riding and not to mention all the great entertainment and Dining. Your kids will be safe, people are polite and you will be welcomed by the locals.

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