NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The red, white, and blue will ring true in Tennessee this Independence Day with an abundance of festivities and freedom celebrations across the state. According to AAA, 41.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more this Independence Day. Tennessee expects to have their fair share of those travelers celebrating at a myriad of festivities. From the first parade, kicking–off at midnight in Gatlinburg, to the largest fireworks in the nation in Nashville, make plans to experience a July 4th weekend that can only be Made in Tennessee.
Gatlinburg will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their 4th of July Midnight Parade, an event recently named by National Geographic Traveler as a “Top Ten Parade to see in the U.S.” As the first Independence Day celebration in the nation, stepping off at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, 2015, the Parade is accompanied by cheers from close to 80,000 spectators, many of whom begin securing their places at 7 a.m. July 3. Events continue throughout the day including the noon River Raft Regatta at Christ in the Smokies bridge on River Road. The annual fireworks display sets off at 10 p.m. in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg.
The celebratory spirit will be in abundance at the Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival this year as the event, in its 25th year, will host multi-award winning country music group Diamond Rio, a band celebrating 25 years together. Patriot Festival activity begins at noon with children’s games. Live stage entertainment begins at 1:30 p.m. The festival will go out with a bang as a much anticipated fireworks show will begin just before 10 p.m.
Visitors and locals in Nashville site Music City is the place to be for July 4th during the Let Freedom Sing: July 4 in Music City celebration. This annual event is the city’s largest, one-day party with live music, family activities, food and one of the nation’s best fireworks displays. This year is sure to impress with musical guests Martina McBride, Mikky Ekko, and a host of others. The fireworks display will be accompanied with music by the Grammy Award-winning Nashville Symphony. Attend one of the biggest Nashville parties of the year and, bonus, it’s all free!
Knoxville will be in full celebration mode with food, fireworks and family fun during their Festival on the 4th as it kicks off at 4 p.m. at the World’s Fair Park. Festivities include a kid’s zone and a wide variety of music performances, including Americana music by Handsome and the Humbles on the festival lawn followed by a blend of classic rock and beach dance music by Bantum Rooster at 6:15 p.m. On the performance lawn, bluegrass favorite Misty River will be performing at 5:30pm. The musical finale will be performed, starting at 8 p.m., by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra with a fireworks extravaganza.
Other notable events can be found below. For a full list, visit http://www.tnvacation.com/calendar.