Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade and Fireworks
Gatlinburg, TN is known to have the “First July Fourth Parade in the Nation” with the annual Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade, which begins exactly at midnight on July 4th. It has been named by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as a “Top Ten Parade to see in the US”. This year’s parade will be its 41st anniversary and will honor Military Veterans and other U.S. Military Heroes.
Around 100,000 spectators are expected to line the streets of Gatlinburg to celebrate the 4th of July in Gatlinburg, TN. In other words, find a good spot early! Many people put folding chairs out along the sidewalks as early as 7am on July 3rd. If you choose to do this, just keep in mind that it is sort of the “honor” system and your chair could get moved or, even worse, stolen. This rarely ever happens, but just a heads up!
The 4th of July parade route typically begins at traffic light #1a on East Parkway and turns south onto the Parkway at traffic light #3, then travels the length of the downtown street to traffic light #10 at Ski Mountain Road. The parade itself is about a mile long!
If you’re wondering what the Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade is like, check out the video below to get an idea of what to expect.
Video of the 4th of July Midnight Parade in Gatlinburg, TN
Gatlinburg 4th of July Fireworks 2016
The Gatlinburg Fourth of July Fireworks can be seen throughout downtown and from any lodging that faces downtown. The fireworks begin at 10pm on July 4th and concludes with one of the biggest finales you will ever see…seriously…it’s mind-blowing. Finding a good spot to see the fireworks is pretty easy….if you can see the sky, you’re good. If you happen to be staying in a cabin where you can see downtown, then enjoy the incredible view! The best viewing areas are around traffic lights #3 and #5.The 100th Army Band will play prior to the fireworks in a free concert at 8:30 p.m. and then again following the fireworks at 10:20 p.m. on Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza.
Wherever you decide to celebrate the 4th of July, we join you in honoring our nation and those who fight for it. If you or your family have served in our nation’s military or are currently serving, we give you our most sincere gratitude. Thank you!