By Jessica Mozo
The Fourth of July conjures up memories of fireworks, backyard barbecues and small-town celebrations. Towns big and small across Tennessee celebrate our nation’s birthday with everything from boat races and parades to food and live music. (And of course, fireworks!) Check out these annual celebrations:
The Freedom Festival in Hendersonville takes place Tuesday, July 3 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and features craft booths, live music, children’s play area, food and fireworks. Call (615) 824-2818 or visit hendersonvillechamber.com for more information.
The Fourth of July Midnight Parade in Gatlinburg begins at 12 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4. The first Independence Day parade in the nation marks its 37th year with members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Call (800) 568-4748 or visit gatlinburg.com for more information.
Also on the Fourth, the Freedom Festival in Cottage Grove is a 32-year tradition featuring a parade, barbecue, carnival, turkey shoot, music, dancing and fireworks. Call (731) 782-3692 for more information.
For more events and festivals happening throughout July, visit this month’s event listings.