What better place to spend the Fourth of July than in the Great Smoky Mountains?!
Independence Day is a time to celebrate our heroes and veterans. We spend the day enjoying our freedom with family, friends, the sun shining and cook outs. We love to end the Fourth of July watching beautiful fireworks and going back to a cabin to relax and watch the sun set behind the mountains. When you’re in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge this 4th of July, make sure to check out the following events!
Gatlinburg is known for having the first Independence Day Paradise in the nation. This year will be the 44th 4th of July parade that starts one minute past midnight and stretches over a mile. Get there early to find a place at Baskins Creek Bypass on Easy Parkway for the best view. The floats, balloons and marching bands go all the way down to light #10 at Ski Mountain Rd. The Gatlinburg 4th of July parade ends at 10PM, which is just in time for the Firework Finale to start.
The Gatlinburg’s Firework Finale can be seen from the downtown streets and lasts for 20 minutes. The best viewing areas are around traffic lights #3 and #5 and the show starts at 10PM. Find a place around Ripley’s Aquarium and the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts with your free admission and enjoy Fourth of July in the Great Smoky Mountains. This firework show has been voted in the top 20 events by the Southeast Tourism Society, you don’t want to miss this.
Pigeon Forge Events
If you are looking to spend 4th of July in Pigeon Forge, make sure to stop by the 29th Annual Patriotic Festival. Bring the whole family to this free event and don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs! There will be music, food and games provided at Patriot Park between 12PM-10:30PM on the Fourth of July. Coolers and umbrellas are not permitted in the park, but you won’t need them with all the food vendors and fireworks.
Parking is located at the LeConte Center on Teaster Lane, and there are free shuttles from the LeConte Center to the event. Patriot Park is located on 186 Old Mill Avenue, which is the perfect place to celebrate the 4th of July in the Smokies! Country singer Marty Stuart is headlining the festival, along with other bands such as Whiskey Icarus and Free Falling, a Tom Petty Tribute Band. The Pigeon Forge Community Chorus will also be performing. The itinerary for the entire event is below:
- 2:00 PM: Free Kid’s carnival and food vendors open
- 4:00 PM: Free Entertainment (Whiskey Icarus, Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, Brad Hudson Band and Free Falling (a Tom Petty Tribute Band)
- 8:30 PM: Event Headliner- Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
- 9:45 PM: Fireworks
Smoky Mountain Cabins
The Great Smoky Mountains is the best place to enjoy the Fourth of July celebration. Between paradise, fireworks and events, you can honor our heroes in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge this 4th of July.