Fourth Of July In Gatlinburg
Jul 03, 2012
The 37the annual Gatlinburg Fourth of July Midnight Parade kicks off tonight at midnight, making it the nation’s first Independence Day celebration each year. The parade will honor our American heroes, with grand marshals for the parade including members of the Tuskegee Airman Association as well as military personnel and veterans from all five branches of service.
As many as 100,000 spectators are expected to witness the parade. Dozens of parade units will line up and step off at the stroke of midnight. Leading the parade will be the 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, Ky., which will not only march in the parade, but will also showcase various sectional groups in concerts on the plaza at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies throughout the day of July 4, culminating in a full band concert leading into Gatlinburg’s spectacular fireworks display.
Check out the parade route early to choose your best observation spot as some of the tens of thousands of spectators will start placing their folding chairs along the route as early as 7 a.m. on July 3.
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By Doug Shanks a Google Local Guide 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.