Top Ten Ways to Celebrate July 4th in the Smokies in 2014

Stay in a Smoky Mountain Cabin During July 4th Holiday!The 4th of July is a prime week to come to the Smokies! With so much to do and that great summer weather, who wouldn’t want to join us?! Four different options for fireworks, a variety of music, good food, summer sales, roller coasters, and more! There’s so much to do, you can’t possibly do it all in one day. Why not come for a week?!

Gatlinburg 4th of July Parade1. First Independence Day Parade in the Nation

“The first Independence Day Parade in the Nation marks its 39th year by honoring Military Veterans and other U.S. Military Heroes.  The annual Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade leads off at 12:00AM (midnight) on Friday, July 4, 2014 to the cheers of close to 100,000 spectators lining the streets of the City for this award winning parade.” Get there early in the day with your lawn chairs to claim a good spot! Traffic will be tight, so it may be a good idea to find a parking spot early on July 3, or park at the Gatlinburg Welcome Center at Wiley Oakley Rd just before you come into town, and ride the trolley (free during the summer!) into town.

River Raft Regatta2. Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta

“This year’s fun-filled Fourth of July celebration in Gatlinburg will feature the always-competitive River Raft Regatta, the unmanned kind. Anything floatable can be entered starting at 10 a.m. at the Christ in the Smokies bridge on River Road and will end at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. There are two categories: Trash (not hand-made) and Treasure (hand-made) – awards will go to the top 3 in each category. Additionally, the “Judges Choice” award will go to the most creative “raft.”  Awards will be given to the oldest and the youngest participant. Registration begins at 10 am and the race will start at 12:00 pm.  Trophies will be supplied by the Gatlinburg Recreation Department.”

Gatlinburg Fireworks Finale3. Gatlinburg Fireworks Finale

“Join the celebration in downtown Gatlinburg to mark our nation’s “Independence Day” with a magnificent fireworks show. The City of Gatlinburg lights up the mountain skyline downtown centered on the area of traffic light #3 at 10 p.m. with this grand display. Designated a Top 20 event by Southeast Tourism Society. ”

View of the Fireworks from Eagles Nest4. Stay in a Cabin

The best way to enjoy all Gatlinburg has to offer during 4th of July week is to stay in a Gatlinburg Cabin! ERA In The Smokies offers a variety of cabins to suit all your vacation needs! Want to be secluded and private? Stay in Chipmunk Haven! There’s a little bit of a view as well, rare in private cabins! Want a spectacular mountain view? Stay in Sky Highway! You can even enjoy that view from a relaxing hot tub! Want a pool table and other fun games? Stay in Black Bear Holler! Want to bring your pet along for the adventure? Stay in On the Rocks! But for the 4th of July, there are probably a ton of you who just wish there was some way to enjoy the fireworks without having to leave the comfort of your cabin! You are in luck! We have 6 cabins from which you can do just that! Above the Rest, At the Top, Eagle’s Nest, Great Escape, Sunset Ridge, and Southern Comfort sit up on a small hill overlooking the town of Gatlinburg. From these cabins, you have a gorgeous mountain view, as well as a view of the city lights at night, and of course- the fireworks! They also boast pool tables, hot tubs, and gas fireplaces, as well as close proximity to town. You can drive less than half a mile down the hill, park for free on River Rd (if you get there early enough in the day) and walk a block over to the main Parkway in Gatlinburg! Have fun!

Smoky Mtn Tunes and Tales5. Smoky Mtn Tunes & Tales

Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance event throughout downtown Gatlinburg featuring musical performers, cloggers, storytellers and artisans giving you a taste of Appalachian culture. This popular event truly highlights one of Gatlinburg’s greatest assets – the walkability of the community – and provides guests with an interactive, educational and entertaining experience the whole family can enjoy.”

Lonestar will play at the Patriot Festival6. 24th Annual Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival

July 4- “Thousands gather at Patriot Park each year for this free event. The fun typically starts around noon with games and activities for kids. There’s also live musical entertainment, which starts early in the afternoon and lasts until 9:30 or 10 at night. This years lineup features the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, the Tim Kellar Band, bluegrass group Adkins & Loudermilk, the Jimmy Buffet tribute band Sons of Sailors and the event headliners Lonestar! After the music it’s time for the evening’s finale – an extravagant fireworks display!”

July 4th Sale at Tanger Outlets7. 4th of July Weekend Sale at Tanger Five Oaks

July 3-6 Tanger Outlet Mall at Five Oaks in Sevierville will be having their July 4th Sale! And we thought those outlet deals couldn’t get any better! With over 100 stories and eateries, Tanger is a complete day experience of its own! View their current coupons and sales! For those in your family who don’t wish to shop til they drop, Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini Golf is just a short walk through the parking lot, and the NASCAR Speedpark is next door.

Smokies Baseball8. Tennessee Smokies Baseball

July 3- Start off your celebrations early with a classic American baseball game at Smokies Stadium at exit 407 on I-40. The Smokies face off against the Montgomery Biscuits. At the end of the game, enjoy a beautiful fireworks display!

The Art of the Picnic9. Pack a Picnic

Whether you want to stake a claim for a parade view, or set up to see some fireworks, whether you’re going to spend all day shopping or seek some peace and quiet at one of our area’s many parks and picnic areas, you’re going to need lunch (and/or dinner)! So pack a picnic! If you want to make it super easy, you can always get take out from your favorite restaurant, and whisk it away to your desired location to enjoy! If you want to go more traditional, and perhaps save a little money, you can visit our local grocery store, Food City, and pick up those sandwiches, pickles, and chips (or your own favorite picnic foods). You can also pick up disposable plates, forks, napkins, and even a disposable tablecloth! If you want to be even more thrifty, you can check out the prices for those items at the Family Dollar store just up the hill from Food City.

Great American Summer10. Great American Summer at Dollywood

Dollywood makes every day this summer feel like July 4th with their Great American Summer Celebration! The park stays open longer- 10am to 10pm- to allow you to enjoy all the park has to offer for just a little bit longer, including a nightly fireworks display! “Synchronized to music, each evening features Paint Your Dreams across the Sky, an inspiring musical crescendo written specifically for the occasion by Dolly, along with other songs that underscore this colorful summertime celebration!”


Rising Star Talent Competition!

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Do you have what it takes to be a star? The city of Sevierville is hosting another Rising Star Talent National Competition again this year. The event will be held at the Sevierville Convention Center June 26-29, 2013. Singers, dancers and musicians will travel from throughout the region to compete for cash prizes during the four day event. Soloists and group performers of all ages will perform at this event.

Rising Star Talent Productions got its start in the summer of 1985. Five parents of young competitors came together to create a talen competition that would encourage pride and confidence in the minds of young people. The first competition ever held was in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in 1986. Rising Star’s founding and current directors are Gail Jordan and Sharon Jordan.

There is no charge for admission into the Rising Star Talent National Competition, so bring the whole family to enjoy a night of family friendly competition and entertainment!

Rising Star Talent Productions Mission statement:

“We will provide a competition that enables competitors to meet or exceed their expectations in the dance or vocal field and inspire them to strive for excellence.”

Rising Star Talent Productions Goal:

“Our goal is for all performers, teachers, and family members to have an enjoyable experience in the world of talent competition. We want all who participate to leave Rising Star feeling fulfilled and rewarded for a job well done. Our staff is professional, friendly and courteous and is known to treat you well.”

ERA In The Smokies provides luxurious cabins and excellent customer service. Come see young talent and stay in your favorite vacation rental!

The Band Perry at Smokies Stadium


For the first time ever Greeneville, Tennessee’s very own The Band Perry will be playing at the Smokies Stadium in Sevierville, Tennessee on August 29, 2013. Opening for The Band Perry will be Charlie Worsham and Kristen Kelly. Tickets are $35.00 each plus service charges for On Field Reserved in front of stage (chairs provided), On Field General Admission (no chairs behind reserved seating), and Reserved Seating in the seating bowl (regular baseball seats). General Admission (bleacher seats in seating bowl) are available for $25.00 plus service charges. Children under 2 years of age are free (in lap). On Field General Admission ticket holders are welcome to bring a blanket and enjoy the show as stadium policy does not allow outside chairs brought into the stadium. Only “Reserved Field” and “General Admission Field” ticket holders will be allowed onto the field.

Tickets may be purchased at the stadium, all “” outlet locations, by phone at 1-877-995-9961, locally at (865)656-4444, or via internet at Gates will open at 6:00 P.M. for the 7:30 P.M. show.

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The Band Perry at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year- 2012

Subscribe to A Day In The SmokiesThe Holidays are coming! In fact, if you come to Gatlinburg, you’ll think they’re already here! The calls come in daily… “What are some good Christmas shows to go to?”, “When can I see the lights?”, “Tell me about the Christmas parade!”. If you think summer is the only time when Gatlinburg is throbbing with excitement, you should try coming here for the holidays!!

Sweet Fanny Adams' Yuletide MadnessThere are enough shows to make your head spin! Most of the theatres and dinner theatres around here have a special Christmas or Holiday show, including: Dixie Stampede, Smoky Mtn Opry, Country Tonite, Sweet Fanny Adams Theater, and the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud! First Baptist Sevierville will put on a magnificent Singing Christmas Tree on Dec 2 & 3 at 6:30pm, both evenings. You can call the church office at (865) 453-9001 with any questions! The Great Smoky Mountain Dance Theatre will present The Nutcracker “Sweet” at the W.L. Mills Auditorium on November 23 & 24 at 7:00 pm both evenings. Call (865) 680-7369 for information and reservations. Throughout the streets of downtown Gatlinburg, each Friday and Saturday evening between Thanksgiving and Christmas, view the Winter Magic version of Gatlinburg’s Tunes and Tales, with live music to enjoy as you’re exploring our downtown Parkway! If ice skating tickles your fancy, enjoy Christmas on Ice, presented at Ober Gatlinburg’s ice-skating rink, or go ice skating for yourself! Dollywood is also doing a Christmas on Ice show!

Dolly Parton's Great Smoky Mountain ChristmasDollywood will have a lineup of mesmerizing Holiday events to thrill every one of your five senses! “See the Smokies’ most spectacular light display and a lineup of live Christmas shows that celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, all at Dollywood. 4 million lights drape the park in holiday splendor, casting a warm glow that sets the scene for a winter wonderland like no other. Create a family tradition at Dollywood’s sensational shows, including the triumphant return of perennial favorite Christmas in the Smokies. Let the heartwarming sounds of the season set the stage for a Christmas the entire family will enjoy. Don’t miss Dollywood’s Christmas on Ice, which is performed by the Ice Theater of New York. This spectacular indoor ice skating production features amazing spins and spirals choreographed to the beautiful sounds of the season! And don’t forget, everyone loves a parade, especially Dollywood’s daily Parade of Lights featuring Christmas floats adorned with brightly colored lights.”

Gatlinburg's Holiday Light Display!If you like to look at Christmas lights, don’t miss the Smokies! Gatlinburg is gleaming with millions of LED lights, transforming the town into a gorgeous winter wonderland! Pigeon Forge is also covered in LED lights! You can even take a Trolley Tour of Lights! And don’t forget Sevierville, your hometown in the Smokies! You can even view their LED light display in 3D with special 3D glasses available while supplies last!

Christmas Shopping!What better place to do your Christmas shopping than Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountain Area! From charming local shops to the bargains of the outlet malls to an array of Christmas stores, the Smokies has everything you need to have an enjoyable Holiday shopping experience!

Rent a Cabin!Perhaps some of you come here in the winter specifically to find the snow! I don’t think you will be disappointed! Although the snow rarely sticks around for long down in town, you can easily drive or hike up into the higher elevations to find some snow to play in, if it doesn’t snow in town while you’re here! You can even rent a cabin up in the higher elevations, if you’d like to really surround yourself with snow!

Gatlinburg Festival of Trees!The Festival of Trees will be on display in the W.L. Mills Conference Center on November 22 – 26. “Step into a festival world of Christmas Trees as you experience Christmas in the Smokies at the 2011 Festival of Trees, Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Surrounded by the twinkling lights and sounds and smells of the holidays, shop the many handmade centerpieces and craft items, and return to the joys of celebrating Christmas in the Smokies.”

Christmas ParadeEveryone wants to know about the Christmas Parade! The Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade starts at light #1A on Hwy 321, and ends at light #10 on Parkway! It will be on December 7, beginning at 7:30 pm. Over the course of about an hour and a half, the parade excitement for young and old also includes more than 100 parade entries, over a dozen marching bands from Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Alabama, and giant helium balloons taking to the streets, as more than 80,000 people line the streets! Don’t miss the excitement!

Holiday Craft Show!“Get a head start on your Christmas shopping at our Christmas Craft Show beginning on  November 26 – December 2. Doors open at 10am daily and as usual the admission is free to everyone! Shop in the comfort of the Gatlinburg Convention Center amidst the holiday decor and surroundings. This will surely get you in the Christmas mood and kick your holidays off just right. Give a craft for Christmas… it’s sure to be the most unique gift you can give and it’s one-of-a-kind!”

New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks!And for the grand finale, will be the New Year’s Ball Drop and Fireworks in downtown Gatlinburg! “Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2013 in unique style with its 25th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Monday night, December 31.. At the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2013, the Space Needle area will shine with a red glow from the surrounding rooftops at the beginning of a music program which includes selected songs followed by a choreographed fireworks show produced by Pyro-Shows of LaFollette, Tennessee.”

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!!!

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.

37th Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

Subscribe to A Day in the SmokiesThe Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is a gathering of spectacular artists and craftsmen from East Tennessee and beyond. For only $6 admission per person, you can enjoy hand crafted art of a wide variety, as well as ongoing live bluegrass music throughout the course of the craft show. It will be held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, and will run October 11 – 28.

Dennis LeePerformers include Dennis Lee and band, performing October 20 – 28, and Tim Watson the “Fiddle Man”, performing October 11 – 19. “Dennis Lee is one of today’s most dynamic entertainers. Over the last ten years, Dennis has performed in front of over 1 million people at countless events and functions including the Montana State Fair where he and his band opened for pop superstar, Sheryl Crow andcountry music artist, Chris LeDoux; the National Retail Grocer’s Association Convention where Dennis opened for Lee Greenwood, and the Brevard County Fair where he opened for the legendary Beach Boys.” Tim Watson The "Fiddle Man"“The high energy music of Tim Watson has been heard from stages around the world. His musical career has grown from performances in clubs near his home in Black Creek, Alabama to the Grand Ole Opry and venues in Germany, Switzerland, France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Bahamas, Mexico, Canada, and Holland. Tim has opened shows for many superstars like George Strait, Ricky Skaggs, George Jones, Lonestar, Keith Urban, Conway Twitty, Ronnie Milsap, The Judds, and K.T. Oslin just to name a few. In addition to live performances Tim has been seen on TV. shows like the “Ralph Emery Show”, “Crook & Chase”, “Hee Haw”, “Nashville Now”, “CBS this Morning”, ” Video P.M.”, “Good Morning America”, “Today”, “Prime Time Country” as well as Canadian TV’s “Tommy Hunter Show” and TV across the European Continent.”

Come stay at one of our cabins when you come to the Fair!The fair stated in their press release: “This event is indeed a favorite among the nation’s best crafts people. Fair promoters take great pride in the quality level of the show which is assured by each exhibitor being juried for quality and unusual skill.”

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.

Dollywood’s Southern Gospel & Harvest Fest 2012

Subscribe to A Day In The SmokiesDollywood’s Annual Southern Gospel & Harvest Festival returns this year October 3 – November 3, 2012! This is, in our experience, Dollywood’s busiest time of year. It’s so exciting to come and see all the hustle and bustle!

The PerrysIf you enjoy Southern Gospel music, this is the time for you to come! Your Dollywood admission covers entrance to all the concerts. You could stand in line for hours and still miss the show you want to see if you don’t plan ahead, though, so here are some tips!
1. Plan to arrive 30 minutes earlier than when the park opens! They will often go ahead and let you into the park this early and you can make a beeline to the door of the first concert you want to see! If nothing else, planning to be 30 minutes early ought to get you there on time even if you hit traffic or other delays on the way.
2. Want to avoid waiting in line for those indoor shows? Get a Q-Bot! The Q2Q system will hold your place in line for rides and indoor shows while you enjoy everything else the park has to offer! It only costs $15 per person, and the 6th person is free! If you have a gold season pass, it’s only $12 per person. They have a limited number of Q-bots available, so you will still want to plan to get to the park 30 minutes early!
3. If you’d rather wait in some lines than spend a little extra on the Q-bots, make sure to plan out your goals for the day in advance, and then prepare to be flexible. You can find the show schedule ahead of time on the Dollywood website. Plan to make a beeline for the first show you’d like to get into as soon as you get to the park. Then plan to get in line at least an hour and a half before show time for any other indoor shows you’d like to see. If you are looking forward to some of the outdoor shows, plan to arrive about 5 minutes before the end of the previous showing, in order to jump on some decent seats, as soon as the audience from the previous showing leaves. If you get there late for the outdoor shows, you may not be able to see, but at least you will be able to hear!

Southern Gospel and Harvest FestivalThere are plenty of other wonderful sights, sounds, smells, and tastes to enjoy! Talented crafters will have booths set up all over the park, demonstrating their skills and offering their goods for sale. Special fall recipes will be tantalizing you all over the park, including Dollywood’s signature fried green tomatoes, a true Southern dish! And beautiful fall decorations will delight you everywhere you set your foot. Don’t miss out on this year’s Southern Gospel and Harvest Festival!

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.

Springfest 2012

Subscribe to A Day In The SmokiesDon’t miss the chance to watch the Smokies bloom into Spring brilliance while enjoying all the colors, crafts, food, history, and fun of the Smoky Mountain Springfest! Springfest includes a wide array of activities and events to delight and satisfy your springtime cravings!

Easter Arts & Crafts ShowEaster Arts & Crafts Show

What would the Smokies be without our Arts and Crafts Community? Come to the Easter Arts & Crafts show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, Thursday, April 5, through Saturday, April 7 to inspire the creativity in your own soul, and take home some of these beautifully crafted items to grace your home, office, or other organization!

Ober Gatlinburg Easter Sunrise ServiceOber Gatlinburg’s 14th Annual Easter Sunrise Service

What better way to experience a glorious Easter Sunrise than from high on the slopes of the Smoky Mountains?! Join us for Ober Gatlinburg’s Easter Sunrise Service, on April 8,  enhanced by the beauty of the surrounding mountains! Free tram rides to the mountain top begin at 45 minutes before the service and continue in 15 minute intervals until the service begins at at sunrise. Complimentary parking at the resort will be provided for those who prefer to drive. A breakfast buffet will be waiting and available at the Ober Gatlinburg Restaurant beginning directly after the service.

Ribfest & WingsRibfest & Wings

Join us as we entice summer to come more quickly by filling the streets with the smell of hickory-smoked barbecue and the sounds of live entertainment! Vendors from all over the Southeast will come together on Thursday, April 26 to show off their secret sauces and succulent meat at this unforgettable street party! Don’t miss out!

Wildflower InformationThe 62nd Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage & Greener Living Expo

As wildflowers bloom, join the Wildflower Pilgrimage for more than 150 different hiking tours of trails ranging from easy to strenuous, exhibitions, demonstrations, classroom lectures and delightful motor excursions into the wonderful season of spring in the Smokies. The Wildflower Pilgrimage is set to run Wednesday, April 25 through Sunday, April 29.ERA In The Smokies Realty & Rentals!

This 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