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Nowhere else in the United States celebrates Independence Day quite like Gatlinburg, TN! Each year, our Smoky Mountain city rings in the holiday with an incredible parade starting at midnight on July 4th. This annual event typically draws around 80,000 spectators and has been named one of the “Top Ten Parades to See in the U.S.” by National Geographic Traveler Magazine. To help you prepare for Independence Day, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to everything you need to know about the Gatlinburg parade on the 4th of July.

Do you love saving money when you shop? From Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2, Tennessee Tax Free Weekend will be in full swing across Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. You can save on plenty of items items while shopping during the tax free holiday. But that's not all — in 2020, there's a second Tax Free Weekend for restaurants! Find out more below!

There is certainly no shortage of things to do in Gatlinburg TN in April! Now that spring is on its way, the Smokies are bursting at the seams with incredible events that celebrate East Tennessee’s culture and the great outdoors. If you plan on being here during April, you're probably wondering what all there is to do. Here are 8 of the best things to do in Gatlinburg in April:

UPDATE: The 2020 Gatlinburg Christmas parade has been canceled due to heavy rainfall. Gatlinburg’s Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade is one of the biggest events of the holiday season! Everyone loves watching as Christmas cheer is spread throughout downtown Gatlinburg. This parade is one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit in the Smoky Mountains. If you can't attend this year's parade, don't worry! It will air nationally on TV over 100 markets across the country! We’ve got all the details on the Gatlinburg Christmas parade and why you should attend!

Many people call the holiday season the most wonderful time of the year and we’re inclined to agree with them! During the month of December, the city of Gatlinburg is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with festive decorations, special events, and, hopefully, some snow! Here are 8 of the best things to do in Gatlinburg TN in December:

Update: The Gatlinburg New Year's Eve event on December 21, 2020 has been cancelled. 2021 will be here before you know it, and there is no better place to ring in the new year than Gatlinburg, TN! Our Smoky Mountain city will host its annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks show at the Gatlinburg Space Needle. This hugely popular event is expected to draw more than 50,000 people from across the nation. Visit My Smokies has all of the details on the Gatlinburg New Year’s Eve festivities.

Three…two…one…Happy New Year! As 2019 comes to a close, end the year on a good note when you celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Smoky Mountains. From fireworks to incredible live entertainment, you’ll ring in the new year in style. Visit My Smokies put together some of the best places to spend New Year’s Eve in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Gatlinburg’s Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade is one of the biggest events of the holiday season! This parade is one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit. This year’s Gatlinburg Christmas parade will be broadcasted Christmas week on local TV stations in more than 100 markets throughout the country. We’ve got all the details on the Gatlinburg Christmas parade and why you should attend!

For the first time ever, Gatlinburg is hosting a Creatures, Legends, and Lore Conference! This first annual conference is brought to you by the same people who brought you the Bigfoot Conference. If you want to attend this event, start making plans to be in Gatlinburg on October 12! To help you plan, we’ve gathered all the details on what to expect at this Gatlinburg conference and how to get tickets.