4th of July Fireworks, Parades, Music, & More!
As July 4th approaches, annual festivals and celebrations in the East Tennessee region are returning after being cancelled in 2020 due to challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Several of these events occur on Saturday, July 3, and others will take place on Sunday, July 4, or on both days.
If you’re looking for events to attend for food, games and fireworks, check out some of these celebrations taking place around Knoxville and the surrounding counties in East Tennessee.
World's Fair Park
In order to keep attendees safe, the Festival on the 4th has been scaled-down in size. The newly named “Celebration of the 4th” at World’s Fair Park will take place on Friday and Saturday of the holiday weekend.
The event will feature live music and performances starting Friday night at 6:30 p.m. with the 572nd Air National Guard Band of the South. Jazz band Blue Groove will follow shortly at 7:30 p.m., and rock band Sound Barrier will round out the Friday lineup with a performance at 8:30 p.m. The fireworks show, beginning at 9:30 p.m. will be the perfect nightcap for Friday's festivities.
Saturday's visitors can expect a performance from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m.
According to the city, parking will be free in all city garages, including the 11th Street Garage.
There will be no food or beverages available for purchase and alcohol is prohibited. Families are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and picnic dinners for themselves. For more information https://www.downtownknoxville.org/featured/celebration-of-the-4th/
Fourth of July on Mabry's Hill
Mabry-Hazen House will host an Independence Day celebration on July 4.
This event will feature food, beer, live music and tours of the 1858 house. Activities for kids include sack races, seed-spitting contests, three-legged races, bocce, croquet and cornhole.
Beginning at 4:30 p.m. and lasting until 10 p.m., there will be 7 acres of land for attendees to spread out on with lawn chairs and blankets. For more information visit http://www.mabryhazen.com/fourthofjuly or call 856-522-8661.
Farragut is kicking things off early on Saturday, July 3. The day starts at 9 a.m. with the town’s traditional 1 Mile & 2 Mile race presented by Fleet Feet Sports Knoxville.
Following the race is the parade, beginning at 9:30. Those in attendance can look forward to floats, bands, dancers, animals and more according to https://www.visitfarragut.org/events.
The annual Lions Club Independence Parade is returning to Powell on July 3.
Beginning at 11:30 a.m., the parade will start at Powell Middle School and continue on to the back lot of Powell High School.
Following the parade, there will be a party in Powell Station Park. The party features free food, drinks, games and a petting zoo to keep attendees entertained. For more information or questions regarding the event, visit the Powell Lions Club’s Facebook page.
Those who attend are encouraged to arrive July 3 at night in order to have a good spot to view the parade, which begins at 12:01 a.m. July 4. Spectators can expect to see a long line of decorative floats as well as the 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, Kentucky.
The parade will start at Baskins Creek Bypass and make its way downtown to traffic light No.10 at Ski Mountain Road. The grand marshal of this year’s parade will be American Idol contestant EmiSunshine.
Other festivities include an unmanned floatable objects race and the firework finale at 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 4. For more information visit Gatlingburg.com.
Pigeon Forge will hold its 30th annual Patriot Festival in Patriot Park on Saturday, July 3.
The event is free and open to the public and will include music, food and games for families to enjoy. Country singer Clint Black is scheduled to headline the festival as well.
Visitors can bring blankets and lawn chairs, but coolers and umbrellas are not permitted on site.
The City of Oak Ridge will be holding its annual July 4 Fireworks and Concert in A.K Bissell Park on Independence Day.
The Oak Ridge Concert Band, now in its 77th year, will perform at 7:30 p.m. prior to the fireworks display at 9:45 p.m.. Visitors attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating within the designated safety zone provided by the Oak Ridge Fire Department.
For information such as event parking and address specifics, visit the event's pageor contact the Oak Ridge Fire Department at 865-425-3520.
Maryville will be holding its Celebrate Freedom event on Sunday, July 4, beginning at 6 p.m.
The event will take place at 2615 East Lamar Alexander Parkway. Highlights include games, food, a rock wall and a fireworks show.
Visit https://stayhappening.com/e/celebrate-freedom-E2ISTOSWGQ3 for more information.
Lenoir City will celebrate the holiday on July 3 by hosting its Rockin’ the Docks event for the second time this year.
Beginning at 1:30 p.m., this will be an all-day event held at Fort Loudoun Lake with live music, food and fireworks for the whole family. It is required for those in attendance to leave their pets at home, and alcoholic beverages are discouraged.
Lenoir City will also have its annual parade on July 3 as well. The parade features a “Firecracker” half-mile run for children ages 5-12. The event is free for the first 100 children who register, and prizes will be awarded, according to the Loudon County website.
Loudon will be host an Independence Day Celebration in Loudon Municipal Park.
According to the event’s Facebook page, gates will open at 5 p.m. and participants are permitted to tailgate and bring their own food and coolers.
Gates close for traffic at 8 p.m. and fireworks will begin around 9:30 p.m.
Kingston’s Smokin' the Water celebration will return this year on Saturday and Sunday of the holiday weekend.
Saturday kicks off at 8 a.m. with a car show and ends with a concert series featuring Chris Ariks, Dirt Floor Doctors and Shades. Sunday will be a packed day beginning at 2:30 p.m. and will feature a dog pageant at Kingston Dog Park, a boat parade, and late night fireworks.
The event will also feature performances Sunday by Jordan Foster, C.J. Ausburn and Chris Hennessee, according to Kingston Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page.
Morristown will hold a free fireworks celebration on July 3 beginning at 5 p.m.
The celebration will be at Cherokee Park, opening at 4 p.m. There will be food vendors and live music acts including bands Faithfully and Run for Cover. The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:45 p.m.
For those not in attendance, there will be a live stream for the fireworks on the Terry Law Firm Facebook page. For more information visit the event page on Facebook.