Hope you're excited for a fantastic fourth of July. We kick off the weekend in Gatlinburg with the nation's first Independence Day parade. Starting Friday at 1:00 am, the streets of Gatlinburg will be filled with patriotic celebration.
As the day continues there are several options to enjoy the 4th. The Museum of Appalachia will celebrate with plenty of fun including the always popular "Anvil Shoot". The museum will be open from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm with main festivities running from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Sweetwater starts celebrating early with everything from road races to parades. It all wraps up with a firework show at 9:30 pm. It's fun for the entire family taking place in downtown Sweetwater.
It will be hard to miss the fun taking place at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge on Friday. A wide variety of music will be on hand including headliner Lonestar. It all leads up to a spectacular firework display at dark.
Marble Springs is always a good place to get a taste of history. On Friday they will have a flurry of activities including a bell ringing at 2:00 pm to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Everything else runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The Dandridge Yacht Club will host its 28th annual boat parade. The parade starts noon from Point 8 across from Henderson Island and admission is free.
World's Fair Park has plenty to offer with it's Festival on the Fourth celebration. Starting at 4:00 pm, enjoy fun family entertainment including a free concert from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and then the sky will light up with a grand fireworks show.
Earlier in the day, you don't want to miss The Duck Race to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. Thousands of rubber ducks will race through World's Fair Park all for a good cause. On site adoptions begin at 11:00 am. The race starts just after 2:00 pm.
Farragut will also celebrate with its 27th Annual Independence Day Parade. The parade will begin on Kingston Pike at Lendon Welch Way near the entrance to Farragut High School. The parade starts at 9:30 am.
On Saturday, Rockin' the Docks is back with live music at the Lenoir City Park and Cove area. The music begins at 4:00 pm and doesn't stop until the fireworks show at 10:00 pm.
In honor of Independence Day, the Knoxville Zoo will offer free admission to active service personnel and veterans through Sunday. Go to www.knoxville-zoo.org to see if you are eligible and have a great holiday weekend!