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Independence Day is just around the corner, and the Great Smoky Mountains are gearing up for some fun celebrations! Read on to learn everything you need to know about all of the amazing July 4th events in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
The Gatlinburg 4th of July Parade may have been canceled, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun this Independence Day in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge! Here are some events that will take place this Independence Day:
Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta
The River Raft Regatta brings hundreds of people to the Little Pigeon River in downtown Gatlinburg for an unmanned raft race. The competition is open to anyone who wants to buy or make their own raft.
This year, attendees can choose to enter a rented rubber duck into the competition for only $2, $3, or $5. You can bring your own rubber duck to enter for no cost! All proceeds go to the Gatlinburg Chamber Foundation. Those who finish in first, second and third place in the Treasure, Duck and Most Creative Float categories will receive trophies.
Registration for the Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta begins at the Christ in the Smokies bridge on River Road at 10 a.m. The race will officially kick off at noon and prizes will be given out in front of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.
Christ in the Smokies is located at 510 River Road and Ripley’s Aquarium is located at 88 River Road.
Red, White, & Brew! at Anakeesta
Anakeesta is holding its 3rd annual Red, White, & Brew celebration! This event takes place July 3 and 4, and is free with the price of admission. If you visit on Friday, July 3, enjoy live music beginning at 1 p.m., and food and drink specials all day long. Friday night, enjoy a screening of The Lion King as the sun sets! On July 4, there’ll also be live music beginning at 1 p.m., food and drink specials all day, and you’ll get a front row seat at Cliff Top Grill & Bar to the fireworks show at 11 p.m. On both days, visitors can enjoy a balloon artist, stilt-walker, unicyclist, juggler and glitter tattoos on the Parkway before heading up to the mountaintop!
For more information, visit Anakeesta’s website.
Pigeon Forge Fireworks Display
The Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival at Patriot Park has been recognized as one of “America’s Best Fourth of July Fireworks Displays” by Fox News. If you’re in the Smoky Mountain area for the 4th of July, this is definitely the place to be! Although the annual Patriot Festival concert and related activities has been postponed this year, the incredible fireworks show is still happening as planned! At 9:30 p.m., the city’s annual fireworks display will take place. The show will last about 20 minutes, and the city is encouraging “drive-in” participation when possible to prevent the gathering of large crowds. Patriot Park is located at 186 Old Mill Avenue in Pigeon Forge.
Clint Black was originally scheduled to headline this year’s July 4th Patriot Festival in Pigeon Forge. Black is a country music star whose debut album, “Killin’ Time,” produced 4 straight number 1 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. The concert is now scheduled to take place July 3, 2021.
Fourth of July Celebration at the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
This year, the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park is offering the biggest and best fireworks viewing party in Gatlinburg! The fireworks show is taking place at the Space Needle, which is directly across from (and 100 feet below) the SkyLift Park. You’ll love enjoying the show from up above instead of joining the crowds down below! Whether you want to grab a seat and relax on the SkyDeck to watch, or see the show from the SkyBridge, both spots offer incredible views. This is a specially ticketed event that begins at 10 p.m. on top of the mountain, with live music, food and drinks and special buy-one-get-one SkyLift photos! Tickets are $59 each and included access to the special Fourth of July Celebration and all-day access to the park on July 5. Tickets are still available on the SkyLift website!
Gatlinburg Fireworks Finale
The Gatlinburg July 4th fireworks are simply spectacular! This year’s display will be launched from the Gatlinburg Space Needle at 11 p.m. The observation tower stands at 407 feet tall, so everyone will have a great viewpoint of the fireworks lighting up the night sky!
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