Starting one minute after midnight of the 3rd, for the Fourth of July Midnight Parade begins. This mile-long stream of parade entrants will work its way along Parkway led by a perfect Grand Marshal each year.
Gatlinburg always shows its love of country by honoring front-line medical workers and all first responders, veterans and military personnel.
The parade starts at Baskins Creek Bypass on East Parkway and enters the strip at Light #3, heading south and ending at Light #10 (Ski Mountain Road). Many arrive on Parkway hours before midnight to secure their spot with chairs and essential provisions.
Pigeon Forge July 3rd Celebrations
On July 3, Pigeon Forge begins in the afternoon at Patriot Park. Patriot Festival has a FREE festival at 4 pm when food vendors start serving.
At 5:30 the entertainment begins with live music and a headliner star at 8:30 pm. The Fireworks start at 9:45 pm – also simulcast in Knoxville for those who can’t be present.
There’s free parking at Patriot Park, Bring lawn chairs and blankets (no umbrellas or cool chests). This July 4th celebration, the fireworks can be seen in both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg because they happen on different nights.
Gatlinburg July 4th Celebrations
The Parade features red, white and blue with many decorated floats, marchers, horse riders, performers, celebrities, and animated balloons most years.
Tunes and Tales starts and goes through the end of July, and will appear on the Fourth on Parkway. The popular street show has an amazing lineup of musicians. The streets will resound with mountain music.
The river race begins at 1 pm, with registration from 11 am for the annual River Raft Regatta. You can float anything you want down the Little Pigeon River, and you can buy a rubber duck for small change if you don’t have your own. The race starts from River Road and Maples Lane, and floats downstream to the finish line at the Aquarium.
Launching from the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle, the annual awesome pyrotechnics display starts at 11 pm.
The fireworks show will be visible from most anywhere in town, with the Aquarium area always a favorite, as well as Anakeesta and the SkyLift Park.