Summer is upon us. Amusement parks, picnics, exploring the area, baseball, swimming, shopping, and fireworks are in the air. We are celebrating our freedom young and old. Our independence has been hard earned and we take this next week to celebrate that. Here in the Smoky Mountains there are many ways to celebrate and we at Smokymtngetaways.com want to help you.
Let’s start with the first Fourth of July parade in the nation. The 41st Annual Gatlinburg Fourth of July Midnight Parade begins 12:01 am on Monday July 4,2016. This parade has been honoring Military Veteran’s, Servicemen and women for the past 40 years. This parade has earned many rewards, yet still is a small town classic. Parade goers are encouraged to arrive early Sunday not only to participate in activities, but to secure a spot for the parade. On Monday more celebrations will be held in Gatlinburg including River Raft Regatta, the 100th Army Band’s concert, and fireworks at 10pm.
Dollywood will be open from 10am – 10pm on the Fourth of July as part of their extended hours for summer. Dollywood has a synchronized fireworks show every night during their extended park hours June 11th- August 7th. This summer they have two new shows for your enjoyment. Dollywood has something to offer everyone in your group or family.
Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge will be hosting its 26th Annual Patriot Festival. Joe Diffie will be the event headliner at 8pm. Events begin at noon with a free Kid’s Karnival and food vendors will be there. Free entertainment starts at 1:30pm with the headliner at 8pm. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm. Free event parking and free shuttle rides will begin at noon and run every 15-20 minutes from the Teaster Lane Municipal Parking lot.
The all American summer past-time of baseball takes us to the Smokies Stadium in Kodak at exit 407. The Smokies take on the Jackson Generals at 7:05pm. It will be Dollar night at the stadium. $1 hot dogs, popcorn, and Pepsi products will help you celebrate. There will be a spectacular postgame fireworks show to end your night of fun at the Smokies Stadium.
There will be many sales in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge over the Fourth of July weekend. Bass Pro Shops can start you out at exit 407. As you drive into Sevierville our new shops on Winfield Dunn Parkway can draw you in for their sales. Tanger Outlet Center in Sevierville will have numerous sales. Pigeon Forge also has outlet shops that will be sure to draw you in with their wonderful sales. All of our local shops will have something to tempt you this holiday week.
If it is the quieter side of the holiday you are looking for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park has a lot to offer you. Picnic areas, hikes, and swimming are just a few of your options. Millions of people visit our national park each year and find some special part for them to enjoy. Driving or biking through Cades Cove is a peaceful step back in time with plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities from the safety of your vehicle. The Sugarland Visitor Center is an informative tour of our past, wildlife, and way of life for you to experience.
Come enjoy the Fourth of July with us in the Great Smoky Mountains!