Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge 4th of July

Apr 16, 2015

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge 4th of July always offers “bang-up” Fourth of July

No other place celebrates the Fourth of July like our Smokies: Both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge continue their longtime tributes to America’s birthday with extravagant festivities on Saturday, July 4th.

gatlinburg-4th-of-july-parade.jpgSince 1976, Gatlinburg has hosted the nation’s very first 4th of July parade: The lineup begins at 12:01 a.m. on the city’s Downtown Parkway. With nearly 100,000 spectators lining the street, The Huffington Post has named it one of the best places in the USA to celebrate the holiday.

Military veterans and other U.S. Military heroes will be honorees of this year’s parade.

Gatlinburg also offers its River Raft Regatta, where “anything floatable” can be entered. Registration begins at 10 a.m. on July 4th at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, and the race will begin at noon.

Categories include “Trash” (not handmade) and “Treasure” (hand-made). Awards will be presented to the Top 3 in each category. The “Judges’ Choice” Award will go the most creative “raft.” Awards will also be given to the oldest and youngest participant. Trophies will be supplied by the Gatlinburg Recreation Department.

This year’s regatta is sponsored by the City of Gatlinburg Special Events Office and the Gatlinburg Recreation Department.

pigeon forge fireworks.jpgPigeon Forge celebrates its 25th Annual Patriot Festival at Patriot Park, located behind the historic Old Mill, at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 4th. 

Thousands are expected to gather at the free event, which offers live musical entertainment; food vendors with ice cream, shaved ice, hot dogs, burgers and more, with a portion of the proceeds going to local charities; games and activities for kids; and of course, an amazing fireworks display.

Parking is free and a trolley shuttle service will run from the Municipal Parking Lot on Teaster Lane right into Patriot Park.

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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 1-888-711-0087 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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