GATLINBURG, TN – May 30, 2019 – The season of summer fun has arrived in Gatlinburg and it comes with no shortage of activities for experiencing the best of the season.
Gatlinburg’s Summer calendar is packed with seasonal activities and events:
Fourth of July Midnight Parade – 12:01 a.m. July 4, 2019
Known as the First Independence Day Parade in the Nation, Gatlinburg’s Fourth of July Midnight Parade promises to be a spectacular summer celebration filled with marching bands, floats and patriotic fun. Current head coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers, Kellie Jolly Harper, acts as Grand Marshal.
River Raft Regatta – July 4, 2019
Visitors are invited to enjoy a fun, unmanned, floatable object race at Christ of the Smokies bridge. Free registration begins at 10 a.m. and the race begins at noon, ending at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies bridge. Trophies are awarded in several different categories.
Gatlinburg’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show – 10 p.m. July 4, 2019
When the sun goes down Gatlinburg lights up Independence Day with a grand fireworks display. The 129th Army Band performs at Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza beginning at 9 p.m. and leading up to the fireworks finale.
Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales - June 21 – Aug. 3, 2019
Gatlinburg becomes a live stage during the summer-long performance festival. Visitors can enjoy meeting costumed storytellers, musical ensembles and cloggers portraying Appalachian characters from the 1800s 6-11 p.m. daily along the Parkway.
Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair – July 12-21, 2019
More than 200 booths feature some of the country’s finest handmade items. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, artisans and craftspeople demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their art for sale.
Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival – Aug. 11-18, 2019
Celebrating the area’s rich musical heritage, Gatlinburg’s week-long musical festival summons songwriters from around the world to compete and share their craft in the city’s downtown venues.
Free Parkway Trolley – June 15 – Aug. 10, 2019
Offering free transportation throughout the summer, Gatlinburg’s open-air trolley offers the most affordable way to explore. Alternative routes throughout Gatlinburg cost $2 for an all-day pass.
For more information visit www.Gatlinburg.com/to-do/events.
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