The Great Smoky Mountains are gearing up for a fantastic Independence Day full of great food, fun parades and patriotic festivities.



First Independence Day Parade in the Nation

Gatlinburg, Tennessee has the special opportunity to host the very first Independence Day Parade at midnight on July 4th. This late night party rings in America’s birthday with colorful floats, lively music and fantastic patriotic spirit.



Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival

Gather the family together for country music fun during this patriotic festival. Pigeon Forge plays host to one of the best 4th of July celebrations in all of Tennessee which includes games, local food vendors and of course a fireworks show to end the night.



Smoky Mountains Tunes and Tales

This summer street festival is a great way to enjoy Fourth of July Weekend. Musicians, storytellers, dancers, and more entertain along the Gatlinburg parkway while food vendors have delicious nibbles available for hungry visitors.



Gatlinburg River Regatta

Watch as floatable objects of all shapes and sizes are raced in downtown Gatlinburg’s Little Pigeon River. Spanning from the River Terrace Bridge to the Gatlinburg Aquarium, the race is open to all, and visitors can create or buy floatable objects for the chance to win prizes.



Gatlinburg Fireworks Finale

What’s Independence Day without a truly amazing fireworks spectacular? This fireworks show is always one of the most popular attractions in the Smokies, and Gatlinburg puts on a fantastic display honoring America that will fill you and your family with patriotic pride.


Celebrate Independence Day and book your visit at Gatlinburg Town Square by Exploria Resorts and stay within easy walking distance to downtown Gatlinburg and all the entertainment the Smokies can offer. Or book a room at Mountain Meadows and experience the foothills above historic Pigeon Forge this July.