On the 4th of July 2014 in Knoxville, thousands of East Tennesseeans will pack up the picnic blankets and American flags and head to Independence Day celebrations held throughout the city.
Each July 4th, free festivals, live music, and magnificent fireworks displays provide our area with plenty of entertainment for people of all ages.
“Festival on the Fourth” at World’s Fair Park
Each year, the city of Knoxville hosts its annual “Festival on the Fourth.” Held on the festival and performance lawns at the World’s Fair Park, the free event offers a wide variety of family-fun entertainment.
Free rides and other activities for children can be found in the Star Spangled Kids’ Zone, and beginning at 8 p.m. parents can enjoy a live performance by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.
The festival closes with the city’s exciting fireworks display that can be viewed from the World’s Fair Park. The festival begins at 4 p.m. on July 4th, and will take place rain or shine.
The Museum of Appalachia’s July 4th Celebration & Anvil Shoot
At the Museum of Appalachia, members gain free access to an all day celebration held on July 4th. At 2 p.m. over 10,000 bells will be rung, in unison, across the country to celebrate the holiday.
At the museum’s bell ringing ceremony, 13 children will be chosen to ring the bell and be a part of history. Afterwards, families can wander through the village to see demonstrations that include “Betsy Ross” sewing our nation’s first flag.
Throughout the day, an Anvil Shoot will be held to honor the tradition that has lasted for over 100 years. The blast is said to be heard from up to 15 miles away and is followed by musicians performing old-time mountain music. Museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 4th. Non-members can check admission prices here.
Downtown Gatlinburg’s Fireworks Finale
The downtown streets of Gatlinburg are the perfect place for families to gather and watch a spectacular fireworks display, free of charge. Throughout the weekend, visitors can enjoy live music, street vendors and great food in celebration of Independence Day.
The fireworks display begins at 10 p.m. and Gatlinburg’s mountain skyline creates the perfect backdrop for the event. Downtown Gatlinburg’s celebration begins on July 3rd and continues on until the fireworks display on July 4th.
To make the most out of this fourth of July weekend, join in on some of the city’s most popular celebrations showcasing our nation’s history and our more modern Independence Day traditions. Children and parents alike will truly appreciate the many activities and events held each and every year here in Knoxville.