By Darryl Payne
Posted on July 1, 2013
If you're looking for a great way to celebrate the 4th of July in Tennessee, Gatlinburg should be on your short list of destinations to visit. There are several Independence Day activities scheduled in the city this week that promise to add a little boom to your Smoky Mountains vacation.
You can start on the evening of July 3, when the Gatlinburg July 4th Midnight Parade kicks off downtown with what is always heralded as the first Independence Day parade in the nation each year. Some 100,000 visitors will converge on the city's sidewalks to watch a parade that includes veterans' groups, marching bands, floats, large balloons, military vehicles and much more. The route runs from traffic light #1 on East Parkway to the downtown Parkway at traffic light #3 and ending at traffic light #10 at Ski Mountain Road.
At noon on the 4th, the city also hosts its annual River Raft Regatta on the Little Pigeon River near the Christ in the Smokies attraction. This competition allows you to enter virtually anything that floats in this unmanned race, and the winners get trophies.
Then on the night of the 4th, gather downtown again for a magnificent fireworks show, in which the city lights up the mountain skyline with a bang. Most of the activity is centered on traffic light #3, and the event starts at 10 p.m.
About Darryl Payne
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