Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade and Fireworks

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4th of july midnight parade gatlinburg tnGatlinburg, 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. This year’s parade is said to honor Women Veterans and Other U.S. Heroes. Also featured in the parade will be the 572nd U.S. Air Force Band, members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard – plus vintage military vehicles, local area public safety agencies, and lots more.

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 begins at traffic light #1a on East Parkway and will then turn south onto Parkway at traffic light #3, then travel the length of the downtown street to traffic light #10 at Ski Mountain Road.

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 2014

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 conclude 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!

Final Thought

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!


  1. Tammy says

    How’s the parking for this event? plenty or hard to get? Thanks for any info! We are going to be first timers for this event. thanks! Tammy

    • Jean says

      I would imagine the parking would be bad. I’ve always stayed in downtown Gatlinburg where I could keep my car parked at the motel. The traffic is awful….but part of the fun once a year. LOL They have a couple of fairly new parking garages downtown now; I’m not sure how easy it would be to find a parking spot in the garages. If you’re going to need a parking place, come early. However, I suggest that you find a motel downtown – I like the Gillette Motel on Historic Nature Trail Road (also known as Airport Road). It’s only a couple of blocks up from the parkway. They’re not fancy, but their rooms are large and very clean; and they’ve always had reasonable rates. If you study the trolly maps before you arrive, you can see how the side roads connect to the East Parkway – that will help you avoid a lot of the downtown traffic.

    • Andy says

      I agree wit Jean, if you are going get a place in Gatlinburg to stay at. This will get you free guarenteed parking and you won’t have to worry about traffic afterwords. This will be our second time going. Hope you enjoy it.

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