4th of July Events in Gatlinburg and Surrounding Areas

Apr 21, 2015


4th of July Events in Gatlinburg and Surrounding Areas



While making out your list of "Things to Do" 4th of July events  for Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, it's easy to get caught up in doing the same 'ole, same 'ole….  But sometimes you just HAVE to break free and Think Outside The Box.  I'm here to give you some new ideas of how and where to celebrate the 4th of July in Gatlinburg, TN and the Great Smoky Mountains area withoutcompromising the making of great family vacation memories!  


Gatinburg-4th-of-July-Rigata.pngInstead of dripping sweat in your nice new summer vacation clothes in the hot July weather, why not cool off "down by the river"?  Gatlinburg hosts a fun and creative River Raft Regatta (unmanned) at noon each July 4th on the Little Pigeon River in Downtown Gatlinburg.  Anything, and we mean ANYTHING, floatable may be entered in the race as long as it fits one of these two categories: Trash Rafts (not hand-made) or Treasure Rafts (hand-made).  Awards are given to the top 3 of each category, a “Judges Choice” for the most creative “raft”, and to the oldest and the youngest participants. Registration begins at 10 am at the Christ in the Smokies Bridge on River Road. The race starts at 12:00 noon and ends at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. 


Museum-of-appalach.pngNow who can resist Anvil Shooting combined with a 4th of July Events celebration? in Clinton, TN (1 hour away) – Museum of the Appalachia Apparently, anvil shooting was a fairly common way rural mountain folk celebrated special events— such as the nation's Independence, Christmas, and other special days — who knew?  Anvil shooting will happen several times throughout the day. 

But there's more!  Along with lots of old-time mountain music, there will be a bell-ringing ceremony precisely at 2:00 p.m. coinciding with the National Bell Ringing Ceremony when more than 10,000 bells across our country are rung in unison! Thirteen youngsters will be selected from the audience to ring the bell in honor of the thirteen original states.  This is followed by the Liberty Pole raising, illustrating the spirit among American colonist who did this in the early days of the War for Independence to show their dissatisfaction with the English government.  And every birthday celebration has tasty traditional summertime treats:  grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, kettle corn, homemade ice cream, cakes, pies, and cookies!  The Museum is open from 9 to 6 p.m. allowing you to wander the extensive village farm complex which includes dozens of historic log structures, authentic Appalachian artifacts, and farm animals.  There will also be demonstrations of "Betsy Ross" sewing our nation's first flag, spinning, blacksmithing, woodcarving, mountain dulcimer making, sassafras tea brewing, and cedar rail splitting.    



How about celebrating Independence Day via the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad on the Freedom Train!  Arrive at Bryson City, NC (Approx. 90 minutes away)early to enjoy live music, local craftsmanship, and the city's downtown Freedom Fest!  Board the Freedom Train at 7:30pm and experience the Nantahala Gorge Excursion route to the Fontana Trestle where the train will pause for some spectacular viewing before making its way back to Bryson City in time for an awesome fireworks show!   Seating is limited, so reserve your train ticket today! 




Two other options for fireworks on the 4th of July are Gatlinburg's "Stand Here" Fireworks Finale: a fireworks show that starts around 10pm and lights up the mountain skyline,





Or... you can catch 9 innings of of Celebration at a Smokies baseball game and enjoy the concluding display of fireworks!




Where to Stay

You’ll need a place to stay after all of the festivities, and we have the perfect spot for you. Visit our Specials Page then call us at 1-855-977-7766 or Book Online to reserve your cabin – July 4, 2015 will be here before you know it!




Category: Things to do

Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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