Smoky Mountain 4th of July 2019
Gatlinburg is known for their Midnight Parade on the 4th of July. Year after year people line the streets of Gatlinburg at Midnight on the 4th to see the floats and bands and crazy fun! Are you planning on attending the Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival? Year after year the Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival gets larger and larger and it’s well worth attending if you are planning your vacation around the 4th of July in the Smoky Mountains.
The Fourth of July in Gatlinburg make use of three events: The 4th of July Midnight Parade, The River Raft Regatta and the Fireworks Finale. Gatlinburg.com writes:
“For 44 years, Gatlinburg has kicked off the holiday with the 4th of July Midnight Parade stepping off at 12:01 a.m. on July 4. Stretching more than a mile, the parade route begins at Baskins Creek Bypass on East Parkway, turning south onto Parkway at traffic light #3 and traveling the length of downtown to traffic light #10 at Ski Mountain Road. Parade goers are encouraged to arrive early on Wednesday, July 3 in order to secure the perfect viewing area along the parade route.”
“Gatlinburg’s most-nail biting race of the summer returns! Set against the backdrop of Gatlinburg’s fun-filled Fourth of July celebration, comes the ever-competitive River Raft Regatta, an annual race of unmanned floatables down the Little Pigeon River. All contestants will begin the day at the race’s starting line at the Christ in the Smokies bridge, beginning from 10 a.m. to register their floatable. The race kicks-off at noon and ends after all floatables have crossed the finish line at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.”
“Join the celebration in downtown Gatlinburg to mark our nation’s “Independence Day” with a spectacular 20-minute fireworks show starting at 10:00 p.m. The best viewing will be the area around traffic lights #3 and #5. This event is designated as a Top 20 event by Southeast Tourism Society.”
And for Pigeon Forge’s 4th of July celebration at Patriot Park, here’s what Mypigeonforge.com has to write:
“Pigeon Forge looks good in red, white, and blue, and so will you at the 29th Annual Patriot Festival. Join us at Patriot Park on July 4th in Pigeon Forge for a night of music, food and fun in celebration of our great nation’s birthday.
The whole family will enjoy this fun event featuring a kid’s carnival, food vendors, activities, live music and fireworks! So bring a seat and stay a while. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Umbrellas and coolers are not permitted, so please leave those behind.”
“2:00 pm – Free Kid’s Karnival and food vendors open
4:00 pm – Free entertainment from the stage, featuring:
Pigeon Forge Community Chorus
Brad Hudson Band
Free Falling (a Tom Petty Tribute Band)
8:30 pm – Event headliner: Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
9:45 pm – Fireworks Spectacular!
*Artists’ schedule subject to change.”
See more on these events at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/patriot-festival and https://www.gatlinburg.com/to-do/events/summer/.