Summertime is here in the Great Smoky Mountains! We start off the month with the Nation’s First Independence Day Parade. It has been named by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as a “Top Ten Parade to see in the US”. The Parade begins at midnight on July 4th, 2017. Firefighters, First Responders and Law Enforcement Officers who came to our aid during the Gatlinburg Wildfires of last year will be this years Grand Marshals at the event. Several marching units and bands from across the country will also be featured in the parade. The parade begins at traffic light #1A on East Parkway and turns south onto Parkway at traffic light #3, traveling downtown to traffic light #10 at Ski Mountain Road.
Activities on July 4, 2017 include our River Raft Regatta, held every year on the Little Pigeon River in Downtown Gatlinburg. Registration beings at Noon at the Christ in the Smokies bridge on River Road. Anything float able can be entered into the contest, and is categorized by Trash (not hand-made) or Treasure (hand-made). The event is free to the public and starts at Noon. There will be awards at the end of the event, which ends at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.
Fireworks begin at 10:00 pm on the fourth and can best be view from Traffic Lights #3 and #5. It was last approximately 20 minutes. Leading up to the event we will have the 129th Army Band putting on a performance at 6:00 pm on Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza.
Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge will also join in on the Fourth of July celebrations. They will be hosting a free festival with food, activities, live music and fireworks. The vendors and Kids’ Carnival will begin at noon. Music begins at 1:30 pm with the final performance, Thompson Square, at 8:30 pm. Following the close of the events from the day will be a Fireworks Showcase starting at 9:45 pm. Free parking is available at the Teaster Lane Municipal Parking Lot with a shuttle service available for the event.
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