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Independence Day celebrations display what is great about summer – great food, good music, fireworks and remembering what makes this country so special. There are a lot of events around the country on July 4, but every year in Pigeon Forge, they have an excellent day devoted to all those things with the great backdrop of the Smoky Mountains.
This year is the 22nd
Annual Patriot Festival, held at, appropriately enough, Patriot Park. The fun begins at noon and ends around 10 p.m.
Admission, parking and trolleys are all free. You can park at the municipal lot
and take the shuttle to Patriot Park, which will ease traffic jams.
Just in time for lunch, the food vendors will open
at noon. The Kids Karnival also begins then, with activities for youngsters of
all ages. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome and be sure to bring plenty of
sunscreen. With the hot weather and the hot music, you don’t want to get
This year’s entertainers include country artist
Chris Janson, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members The Lovin’ Spoonful, and
veteran country artist John Anderson. In addition, there will be other acts
throughout the afternoon, including a military tribute, a Motown revue, and the
Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, all leading to Anderson’s concert at 8:30. At
the end of his performance, there will be a spectacular fireworks display to
close the festivities. Come spend a great day celebrating our nation’s birthday
in one of its most beautiful settings.