Here's a roundup of July 4 happenings throughout the area.
Festival on the Fourth, downtown Knoxville
When: 2-10 p.m. Wednesday July 4
Where: South Lawn of World's Fair Park
This year's festivities kick off at 2 p.m. with a Patriotic Bike Parade. The Bike Parade is for ages 3-12, wagons, strollers and wheelchairs are welcome, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will meet at the World's Fair Park Playground at 1 pm, and at 2 pm will parade along World's Fair Park Drive to the Amphitheater. There will be a contest for the best decorated rider and best decorated bike for each age group, 3-5, 6-9, 10-12.
Food and craft vendors, children's activities and music will be scheduled throughout the day.
Starting at 8 p.m., the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will begin the 28th annual Pilot Independence Day Concert on the World’s Fair Park’s Performance Lawn. The two-hour show features the KSO performing a mix of patriotic and Americana pieces. Conducted by KSO Musical Director Lucas Richman, this medley will be the perfect accompaniment to the fireworks spectacular.
Fireworks start at 9:35 p.m.
FREE PARKING: World’s Fair & Blackstock Parking Lots, 11th Street, Locust Street, State Street & Market Square Garages - ADA Parking at Fort Kid Parking Lot
NO PETS - NO COOLERS - NO ALCOHOL
NO PERSONAL TENTS / TENT CANOPIES
Oak Ridge Community Band concert
What: Community band concert followed by fireworks
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
Where: A.K. Bissell Park, 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge
Museum of Appalachia, Norris
What: Annual old-fashioned July Fourth celebration featuring anvil shoot, special music and demonstrations, sawmill operation, and patriotic ceremonies by the Sons of the Revolution. Homemade ice cream, grilled hamburgers & hot dogs, and other picnic fare available.
When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
Where: Museum of Appalachia, 2819 Andersonville Highway, Clinton, TN 37716
Cost: $6 for children; $10 for youth; $18 for adults
More info: www.museumofappalachia.org or 865-494-7680
Gatlinburg July 4th Midnight Parade
What: 37th annual Fourth of July celebration parade that kicks off at midnight; parade will honor American heroes, with grand marshals for the parade including members of the Tuskegee Airmen. Leading the parade will the 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, Ky., which will not only march in the parade but will perform several concerts at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies throughout the day on July 4.
Fireworks will begin at 10 p.m.
Also, a river raft regatta will take place at 10 a.m. at the Christ of the Smokies on River Road.
When: Midnight Wednesday, July 4
Where: Downtown Gatlinburg
Lenoir City July Fourth Parade
When: Lineup begins at 10 a.m. at the Yale parking lot. Parade begins at 11 a.m. Participants can register by calling the Lenoir City Parks and Recreation Department at 865-986-1223.
The Firecracker Run will be held to kick off the parade. It is a half-mile sprint down Broadway (for kids). Boys and girls ages 5-12 are welcome to participate. Free to enter! Must pre-register to receive a t-shirt. Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each age group. Ages are broken down into 5-6 (boys), 5-6 (girls), 7-8 (boys), 7-8 (girls), 9-10 (boys), 9-10 (girls), 11-12 (boys), and 11-12 (girls). The winners will be driven back through the parade to celebrate their win! Call 865-986-1223 to register.
More info: www.facebook.com/lcparksandrec.
Party in the Park, Morristown
Celebration featuring food, fireworks, kids activities and headlining concert by country music artist Lee Brice
When: 4-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
Where: Cherokee Park Amphitheater, 3075 Floy Hall Drive, Morristown
More info: For campground information and reservations, call 423-586-0325. For general park information, call 423-586-9596
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