Top 10 Things to Do for The 4th of July in Knoxville

Fireworks, hot dogs, beer... What better way to celebrate?! Independence Day is right around the corner and Knoxville is gearing up for some very patriotic events! Here are the top ten things to do on the 4th of July this year!

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Festival on the 4th

The Festival on the 4th delivers a wide variety of family fun including entertainment, activities and treats at the City of Knoxville’s 4th of July celebration at the World’s Fair Park. All activities are free, food will be sold from various vendors on site.

The free festival begins at 4 p.m. and ends at approximately 10 p.m. at the conclusion of the fireworks display. This event is RAIN OR SHINE.

Kids activities will be from 4pm-8pm including paddle boats, face painting, water balloon war, rock climbing wall and more!

Bary Jolly will perform on the Festival Lawn Stage from 4:15pm-5:30pm
Bicho Brothers will perform on the Festival Lawn Stage from 6:00pm-7:30pm

The musical finale will be performed by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra at 8pm on the Performance Lawn Stage.

Fireworks will begin at 9:35pm.

More information can be found at

COST: Free

TIME: 4 p.m.- 10 p.m.

WHERE: World’s Fair Park

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KSO Free Independence Day Concert

Celebrate the Fourth with the KSO!

Bring your family and a lawn chair or blanket and hear the Knoxville Symphony play a FREE concert of patriotic tunes with a spectacular fireworks finale this Fourth of July at the performance lawn at World’s Fair Park.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Music Director Aram Demirjian conducts the Orchestra patriotic favorites from Copland, Sousa, and John Williams. The program includes musical tributes from “Saving Private Ryan” in honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and selections from the score of Apollo 13 in tribute to the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Moon landing.

This concert is FREE to attend; no tickets are required.

The Festival on the Fourth begins at 4 p.m. and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s free concert begins at 8:00 p.m. on the performance lawn (and will be live streamed on WBIR-TV Channel 10.)

COST: Free

WHEN: July 4 at 8PM

WHERE: World’s Fair Park

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Celebration of the Declaration of Independence

Celebrate America’s freedom at the birthplace of Knoxville! This traditional celebration will include a flag ceremony, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a short speech! 

COST: Free

WHEN: July 4th 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.

WHERE: James White’s Fort

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July 4th Fireworks & Concert in Oak Ridge

The City of Oak Ridge is once again sponsoring a fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day. The event will be held in A.K. Bissell Park on July 4th and is expected to begin after dark at approximately 9:45 p.m.

The Oak Ridge Community Band/Wind Ensemble, now in their 75th year, will perform prior to the fireworks. The concert is free, but donations are accepted by the band to help cover the cost of equipment and other expenses.

The music is expected to begin at 7:30 p.m. 96.7 Merle FM WMYL will be live following the band performance and will broadcast the soundtrack for the fireworks display.

COST: Free

WHEN: July 4th – 7:30AM-10:30PM

WHERE: A K Bissell Park, Oak Ridge

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Independence Day Anvil Shooting


Many years ago, anvil shooting was a way that pioneers celebrated holidays and other special events. The Museum of Appalachia is bringing the tradition back this 4th of July! Along with the shoot, there will be a celebration including old- fashioned games and music, a bell- ringing ceremony, and much more! 


Museum members get in free!  Click here to sign up for an annual membership

Family Admission:  $42
Adult Admission:  $20
Youth (13-17):  $10
Child (5-12):  $6

WHEN: July 4th at 9AM-3PM

WHERE: Museum of Appalachia


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The 32nd Annual Farragut Independence Day Parade

The 32nd annual Farragut Independence Day Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, on Kingston Pike at Stadium Drive, moving west to Boring Road. Bands, floats, animals, antique cars and more will come together to make up this year’s parade. Kick off your Fourth of July celebration in Farragut! For more info: Town of Farragut Website

COST: Free

WHEN: July 4th – 9:30AM – 12:30PM

WHERE: Town of Farragut

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Great American Summer at Cyclebar Bearden

Enjoy FREE RIDES for everyone on July 4th and 5th! We will also be hosting fun, All-American themed rides both days (including a Red Out, White Out, and Blue Out ride). Everyone and anyone is welcome to ride!

COST: Free

WHEN: July 4th and 5th – Check website for times

WHERE: Cyclebar Bearden

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Red, White, Brew at Anakeesta

Join us for our 2nd Annual Red, White, & Brew Celebration! Enjoy FREE kids crafts and games, live music, artisan demonstrations, and more. Kick back with friends and family, sip on an ice-cold refreshment, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains!

COST: Varies – Click here to purchase

WHEN: July 3rd & 4th – Various Times

WHERE: Anakeesta, Gatlinburg

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The 44th Annual Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade

For 44 years, Gatlinburg has held what is known as the FIRST Independence Parade in the Nation! Kicking off at 12:01 a.m. on July 4th, the parade route runs through the town and ends with a 20 minute firework celebration!

COST: Free

WHEN: July 3rd & 4th – Midnight

WHERE: Downtown Gatlinburg

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July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest

July is National Hot Dog Month, so what better way to celebrate than with an intense Independence Day competition to see who can down the most dogs?! The competition is sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t come cheer on the contestants!

COST: Free

WHEN: July 4th – 12:30PM

WHERE: Kingston City Park, Kingston, TN

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