July 4 events in and around Knoxville

KNOXVILLE - Looking for something to do this Independence Day weekend? Here is a rundown of some of the events going on in and near Knoxville. Stay safe and have some fun!

JULY 1-3

Post-game fireworks after every Smokies home game July 1, 2 and 3. The Smokies will be playing the Carolina MudCats.

JULY 2

Founding Fathers BBQ - Bearden - Celebrate Independence Day with live music, kids' events, and hot dogs and hamburgers in front of Earth Fare in Bearden.

The Band Perry will play an Independence Day Celebration at 8:30 p.m. Saturday July 2 at the Rogersville City Park in Rogersville, Tenn. Admission is free.

JULY 3

Freedom Festival – Hendersonville – Craft booths, music, children's play area, food and fireworks at dark.

JULY 3-4

Gatlinburg’s Fourth of July Midnight Parade – Gatlinburg – Beginning at midnight and stretching more than a mile in length, more than 100 units will be showcasing elaborately decorated floats, helium balloons, marching bands, equestrian entries and a large contingent of our armed services men and women.

A giant flag waves from the ladder of a Knoxville Fire Department ladder truck at World's Fair Park during the Fourth of July Celebrations in 2007.

Photo by Saul Young

A giant flag waves from the ladder of a Knoxville Fire Department ladder truck at World's Fair Park during the Fourth of July Celebrations in 2007.

JULY 4

The Festival on the 4th at World's Fair Park - Knoxville - The festival kicks off at 2 p.m. and will include music (The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Christabel & the Jons, Mountain Soul and more), kid's activities, food and, of course, lots of fireworks (9:35 p.m.). Admission and parking are free. It runs 2-10 p.m. But remember: No pets, no coolers, no alcohol and no tents.

July 4th Anvil Shoot And Celebration - Norris - If you'd like your celebration a little more old-fashioned, head up to Norris for the Museum of Appalachia for the July 4th anvil shoot and bell-ringing ceremony. After the bell-ringing (10,000 bells around the country will be rung simultaneously) at 2 p.m., a 100-pound iron anvil will be shot high into the air thanks to a massive charge of gunpowder. Bring earplugs.

Carl Beal splits cedar logs during Fourth of July activities at the Museum of Appalachia Sunday, Jul. 4, 2010.

Photo by Michael Patrick

Carl Beal splits cedar logs during Fourth of July activities at the Museum of Appalachia Sunday, Jul. 4, 2010.

Town of Farragut 24th Annual Independence Day Parade - Farragut - The parade kicks off at 9:30 a.m. at Farragut High School and will feature the family of the late Farragut High School Coach Ryan Shoup as grand marshals. Entries have been submitted by groups such as businesses, community and civic organizations, area schools and churches, and it will include the Farragut High School Band, floats, animals, antique cars, dance groups and elected officials.

Sons of the American Revolution Celebration - Knoxville - James White's Fort will host a celebration and reading of the Declaration of Independence starting at 10 a.m. in the courtyard of the fort.

21st Annual Patriot Festival – Pigeon Forge – Concerts, food, games and fireworks highlight this annual Independence Day celebration.

"Stand Here" Fireworks Finale - Gatlinburg - You can join the celebration in downtown Gatlinburg with a fireworks show beginning at 10 p.m. that has been designated a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society. The event is free.

Oak Ridge Community Band Independence Day Concert - Oak Ridge - The Oak Ridge Community Band will play a free concert in Bissell Park starting at 7:30 p.m. with fireworks following at 10 p.m. The event is free and all ages are welcome.

Picnic in the Park - Greeneville - Bring your own picnic dinner down to Bicentennial Park and enjoy music by the Fugitives from 6-9 p.m.

July 4th Celebration at Cherokee Park – Morristown – This free, day-long musical celebration will entertain the entire family. Throughout the day, enjoy a variety of bands, children's games and activities, ending with a spectacular firework display at sundown.

Smoking the Water 4th of July Festival – Kingston – Celebrate July 4th with a parade, Miss Firecracker Pageant, drag boat races, food, live music, car show and more, and end the day with an exciting fireworks show.

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