By Blair Thomas
Food, fireworks, time with your family – no matter what your favorite part of 4th of July festivities, towns across Tennessee are celebrating the nation’s birthday with tons of fun things to do.
From drag boat races to anvil shoots, from great food to live music, here is a list of Independence Day celebrations for you to enjoy with family and friends.
And of course, spectacular fireworks shows are included.
Freedom Festival – July 3, Hendersonville
Wednesday, July 3, from 5:00-10:00 pm find craft booths, live music, a children’s play area, plenty of food and fireworks at dark. Local entertainment will begin performing at 6:00 pm and the fireworks will begin at 9:00 pm. Kidzone tickets are $1 per ride or $5 for the first armband, $15 for a family of five. Visit the Freedom Festival website or call (615) 824-2818 for more information.
Gatlinburg’s Fourth of July Midnight Parade – July 3-4, Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg kicks off the 38th annual parade with the opening moment of the holiday at 12 a.m. on Thursday, July 4. Members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, plus vintage military vehicles, local area public safety agencies, and lots more will appear in the parade. The parade stretches more than a mile in length and features more than 100 decorated floats, helium balloons, marching bands and more. Go to the event website or call (800) 568-4748 to learn more.
Small-Town Fireworks Show – July 4, Townsend
Celebrate the nation’s birthday with a spectacular fireworks show in the small, culture-rich town of Townsend. Celebration will take place off Highway 321 next to Highland Manor Inn. Music starts at 8:30 p.m.; fireworks will follow at 9:45 p.m.
Celebration and Anvil Shoot – July 4, Norris
The Museum of Appalachia’s July 4th Celebration & Anvil Shoot recreates an old-fashioned Independence Day with an anvil shoot, authentic old-time music, patriotic ceremonies, demonstrations of pioneer skills like sassafras tea brewing, shepherding and rail splitting, and food. The anvil shoot is the highlight of the Museum’s July 4th festivities. Several times during the day, gunpowder is packed under the anvil and ignited. With a resounding boom, the hunk of iron bursts from a cloud of smoke. The earth literally shakes, and the deafening boom can be heard as far as 15 miles away. Call (865) 494-7680 or go to the event website for more information.
4th of July Celebration – July 4, Adams
This annual celebration includes picnicking, family fun activities, food and firework display. Call (615) 696-2687.
July 4th Celebration at Cherokee Park – July 4, Morristown
Free, day-long musical celebration for the family. Enjoy a variety of bands, children’s games and activities, ending with a firework display at sunset. Call (423) 581-5630 for more information.
Smoking the Water 4th of July Festival – July 4, Kingston
Celebrate Independence Day on the waterfront with a parade, Miss Firecracker Pageant, drag boat races, wake board competitions, food, live music, art show and an exciting fireworks show over Watts Bar Lake. To learn more, visit the festival website or call (865) 376-5572.
After the 4th, find more July events across the state here.
A few others suggested by our Facebook fans include Sewanee, Twin Lakes Catfish Farm in Baxter (Saturday), the 4th of July Picnic in Rockvale and the big Music City celebration in Nashville (pictured). Are we missing your favorite Tennessee Fourth of July celebration? Let us know where you’ll be in the comments!