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4th of July Special Events in the Smokies

Annually Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville celebrate July 4th in a big way with 2015 being no exception. From parades, concerts to fireworks there is something for everyone. This year’s schedule includes:

  • Fireworks at Dollywood approximate start time 9:30PM nightly through 8/2
  • Red White and Boom Fireworks at TN Smokies Stadium 7/1-7/3 after the game
  • 40th annual Gatlinburg “First July 4th Parade in the Nation” starts at midnight July 3/July 4
  • 25th Annual Patriot Festival sponsored by the City of Pigeon Forge and 107.7 WIVK radio Knoxville begins Noon July 4th, entertainment begins 1:30PM at Patriot Park
  • River Raft Regatta on the Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg starts at noon on July 4th
  • Diamond Rio in concert at the Patriot Festival Pigeon Forge 8PM July 4th
  • Fireworks at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge approximate start time 9:30PM July 4th
  • Fireworks downtown Gatlinburg approximate start time 10PM July 4th

Early 2014 Smoky Mountain Events

Visitors to The Resort at Governor’s Crossing and the Smoky Mountains look forward to attending certain area events year after year. Listed below are dates of some of the earlier events for 2014. Dates are subject to change.

·    Jan. 25- Feb. 1       24th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week
LeConte Center Pigeon Forge

Jan. 31                   Titanic Dive and Dine Excursion 

·    Feb. 19-23             14th Annual Saddle Up Celebration
·    Mar. 19-22            20th Annual A Mountain Quiltfest
                                            LeConte Center Pigeon Forge
·    Mar. 21-22            Corvette Expo
                                            Seviervville Events Center
·    Mar. 22                  Dollywood Opens
·    April 11-13            Spring Pigeon Forge Rod Run
·    May 2                     Dolly’s Homecoming Parade
                                            Pigeon Forge
·    May 16-17              Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass

Enter the Pigeon Forge Summer Fuel Sweepstakes

The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism is having an online giveaway for a chance to win prizes through July 19, 2011. The grand prize winner will receive Pigeon Forge accommodations for 4, plus four tickets to Dollywood, Wonderworks, Country Tonite, Titanic and 2 gas cards valued at $60 each. There will be an additional 33 prize winners who will receive a gas card worth $60.
Entries are only accepted online.

2011 Dollywood & NASCAR Speedpark Packages

The Resort @ Governor’s Crossing now has rates loaded for Dollywood and NASCAR Speedpark for the 2011 season. This year guest will have the ability to build their own custom package to either or both parks.

Just go to our on-line booking engine, choose your dates and applicable rate type (our standard every day rate is called Rack, if you are a member of AAA, AARP, own a business or are a government employee you may select those applicable discounted rates). If available you will be offered the opportunity to upgrade, and then a box will appear where you can add tickets or other items. Look for the appropriate logo and select the type of tickets needed. (If you require more than 4 tickets of any certain type select 4 and then you will be able to add additional tickets).

Nascar Speedpark tickets are available beginning March 15 and Dollywood tickets starting March. 26th.
Currently we also have Rainforest Adventure tickets available and expect to add more attractions in the near future. The Resort aims to help you have an enjoyable vacation here in the Smokies, as we are passing on the savings that we receive from local attractions to you our guest.

Construction of Dollywood’s “Barnstormer” on Schedule

A recent article in the Mountain Press stated the Dollywood’s new ride, the “Barnstormer”, should be ready by opening day. The ride is reminiscent of the stunts preformed by 1930s bi-plane pilots.

The new ride will accommodate 32 riders at one time and reach a height of 81feet with speeds up to 45mph. The ride is also ADA accessible as Dollywood has taken great strides to ensure those with disabilities can elect to enjoy the park. The “Barnstorms” is the fourth attraction that Dollywood has had manufactures modify so that it would be ADA accessible.

Season pass holders will have the opportunity to try the new ride March 25, with it opening to the general public on the park’s scheduled opening day March 26. Season pass holders will also be able to ride the “Barnstormer” one hour prior to the parks normal opening time in April, as it will be the parks featured attraction that month.

The 25th Annual Dolly Parade

This upcoming Friday (May 7) Pigeon Forge will host the 25th Annual Dolly Parade, the unofficial start of this year’s tourist season and the 25th Anniversary season of Dollywood.  Legendary local singer and songwriter Dolly Parton will be the parade’s grand marshal. The parkway will be lined with parade watchers admiring floats, marching bands, celebrities and of course the areas favorite daughter, Dolly. This year’s parade will begin at 6PM.

In addition to the Dolly Parade this weekend, Saturday morning at 9AM the Shrines will hold their Fun Fest Parade in downtown Pigeon Forge.

Let’s not forgot Mom this weekend with Mother’s Day on Sunday. The Resort has a special for this weekend including a two night stay and a $50 restaurant gift card for those looking for accomodations this weekend.

Dollywood’s New Attraction on Schedule for its Season Opening

Dollywood’s newest attraction, Adventure Mountain, is scheduled to be completed for the park’s opening on March 27. Due to the economy the attraction was delayed until this year.

Adventure Mountain is billed as the largest challenge course in the country. There are four separate courses with 46 different elements plus a children’s area. The themed attraction will have much of the look and feel of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in its early years.

Dollywood Wins Top Award, Again!

Dollywood theme park recently claimed its 4th consecutive Heartbeat Award at the International Assoc. of Amusement Parks & Attractions Expo held in Las Vegas.

This year’s award was for “Sha-Kon-O-Hey! Land of the Blue Smoke”, featuring eight songs written by Dolly Parton. The parks previous Heartbeat Award winners were “Dreamland Drive In” in 2006 & 2008 and “The Great American Country Show” in 2007.

Promotions Ending Soon at The Resort at Governors Crossing

As we are already into the fall season some of this years popular promotions will be ending soon. We have some new packages planned for this winter and also will be bringing back a few of our popular promotions we have ran in the past.

Promotions ending soon:

·    NASCAR Speedpark Package (Promo Code SPEED) will end on 10/16/09.
Last stay date will be 10/17/2009
·    Dollywood Package (Promo Code DWP) will end 10/30/2009.
Last stay date will be 10/31/09
·    The Resort Stimulus Plan (Promo Code STIM) will end on 12/2/09.
Last Stay date will be 12/31/09

All three of these packages are available exclusively on-line. As many area attractions are operating under their fall hours please check their operating schedules.