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
August 21-24 the City of Pigeon Forge and various local businesses are hosting special events to honor the men and women who have served our Country.
At 5:30 PM on August 20th the Patriot Guard will escort the Cost of Freedom Tribute and The Traveling Wall from the Titanic Museum Attraction to the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge. The Wall will be on public display from Aug. 21-24th as part of the Welcome Home Vietnam Celebration and the Smoky Mountain Military & Relic Show.
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVVT) presents several Cost of Freedom memorials and exhibits including the Traveling Wall, a 50% scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. This magnificent indoor display pays respect to veterans, active duty personal and first responders. Smoky Mountain Resorts, The Collier Restaurant Group, Titanic Museum Attraction, Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, U.S. Tours, and many other sponsors have worked with the AVVT to bring this tribute to Pigeon Forge.
On Aug. 23rd at 10AM will be the Welcome Home Vietnam Parade honoring our country’s veterans. The parade will feature veterans from all over the country, military vehicles, marching bands and parade Grand Marshall Louise Mandrell.
After the parade from 11:30AM to 1:30PM there will be a veterans reunion held at The Traveling Wall hosted by Mandrell, Hanoi Hilton Survivor Captain James Lollar, Author and Veteran David Chaltas, and Vietnam Veterans of Tennessee Commander Barry Rice. Aug. 23 & 24 and the Smoky Mountain Military & Relic Show will be held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Military and history buffs will have the opportunity to view and purchase artifacts and relics from the Civil War.
July 4thPatriot Festival– Pigeon Forge’s Patriot Park will again be home to this annual festival starting at 12 noon with fun and activities for kids. Onstage entertainment will begin at 1:30 p.m. with concerts featuring the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, the Tim Kellar Band, bluegrass group Adkins & Loudermilk, the Jimmy Buffet tribute band Sons of Sailors and the event headliners Lonestar.
July 4th Fireworks- Pigeon Forge’s fireworks display will be at Patriot Park starting somewhere between 9:30 till 10 p.m. depending on the conclusion of onstage entertainment. Gatlinburg’s fireworks will be centered downtown (recommended viewing around traffic light #3) to begin about 10 p.m. All fireworks subject to weather conditions.
The 24th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week will be held Jan. 25-Feb. 1st at the new LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. The annual salute to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the great outdoors has been recognized by many organizations including the International Festivals & Events Assoc. and Southeast Tourism Society.
Among the many different activities offered is the new Smokies through the Lens! (Photography workshops), hiking, and crafting. Some of the many lectures will cover the Civil War in the Smokiesand East Tennessee, fly fishing, wildlife, conservation, and much more.
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge start celebrating July 4th early and go late into the night with fun and excitement for the whole family. The two cities bring back the charm of years gone by with many small town traditions plus some modern day entertainment.
The 8th Annual Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival is scheduled for May 18 & 19 in downtown Sevierville. This free street style festival features live Bluegrass music as well as some of the finest BBQ in the country.
The Resort @ Governor’s Crossing new “Pirate Ship Playground” is completed almost a full month ahead of schedule and now open. The new playground located between the lazy river and the building housing the front desk office is a dry play area. The new playground is recommended for children 5-12 years of age with adult supervision.
New “Pirate Ship Playground” Now Open
Dragon Slide at “Pirate Ship Playground”
March 23rd The Resort will host its Grand Opening of the Pirate Ship at 4PM. SeviervilleMayor Bryan Atchley is schedule to cut the ribbon. Along with the mayor, “Captain Jesse Raven” will be available for pictures with the “little pirates” . DUE TO THUNDERSTORMS FORECASTED FOR MARCH 23rd THE GRAND OPENING HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
The 2nd Annual Civil War Relic Show & Sale will be held August 27-28 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. After a hugely attended first show in 2010 this years show looks to be bigger and better. The 2011 schedule calls for a living history camp, artillery demonstration, original & reproduction pieces from the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus GA plus vendors and collectors of Civil War Memorabilia from around the country.
Civil War Relic Show & Sale
Attendees include The 8th TN (US) & The 63rd TN (CS), who will have members at the living history site, Mr. Ross Moore (vocalist, musician, & Humorist), who will perform on stage Saturday, and O’ROY(Our Reflections of Yesterday).
The Civil War Relic Show & Sale is sponsored by Smoky Mountain Resorts, the Tennessee Division Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Tennessee Division United Daughters of the Confederacy. For further information visit the shows web site.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host its 7th annual “Music of the Mountains”. The three day event will begin on April 8th at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend, TN. On Saturday the 9th the Sugarlands Visitor Center, just south of Gatlinburg, will host 6 free events through out the day. The final day’s event will be held Sunday afternoon in Cosby, TN at the Smoky Mountain Visitor Center.
There is a $5 per person admission charge at the concert in Townsend, which will begin at 7PM. The concert in Cosby costs $4 per person and will begin at 2PM.
Celebrate New Years Eve at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies with their 10th annual “Dance with the Sharks”. Join in the festivities as Ripley’s will have 2 bands, Hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast, plus the opportunity for personal souvenir photo to remember the closing out of 2010. At midnight you will be able to enjoy the city of Gatlinburg’s fireworks display as we close out the old and bring in the New Year.
Tickets for this year’s gala are available on-line at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokiesweb site or by calling 888-240-1358.
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