Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade and Fireworks

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.

    • Georgine says

      you’ll want a hotel on the main drag and you can park there, otherwise I would say it will be hard to find parking and traffic will be crazy.

    • Gary Logan says

      if you have rented a place near the route of the parade, or the events, no problem…..parking is NOT ….so many spots and thats’ it…Was there last year, when they closed down the 2nd road and it was bumper to bumper to Gatlinberg from Pigeon Forge……so rent a condo or a room and stay in Gatlinberg for great entertainment..

  2. Lydia says

    they’re are a few places right on the parkway that you can walk to the street and set up your chairs and watch the parade. Carr’s Northside Cottage, and best of all Brookside Hotel. Brookside has back balconies overlooking the stream, very close to downtown so you caould walk. has its own outdoor pool, playground and parking. you can go and put your chairs out early, beacuse people will start setting them up @ 7a.m. on July 3rd. The blue trolley runs right by there, so you can take the trolley home if your too tired after going downtown. but the parade is just across the yard from the hotel, so you dont have to even get into a car. the parade is awesome! very big! lasts about an hour-hour and a half. Be sure to Wear your Red,White,& Blue and get in the spirit! You’re gonna love it. Its awesome. my mother-in-law lives uo there, so we frequent Gatlinburg. Hope you love it as much as we do.

  3. Lydia says

    you can google “places to stay on east parkway, gatlinburg,tn”. i think the parade runs the length of the parkway

  4. DONNETTA says

    We are going to the pigeon forge festival will we have time to go from there to the parade in Gatlinburg in time to see it?

  5. Pattye says

    I have been to this parade before ans stayed in Pigeon Forge if you are going to do that park at the aquarium early and watch parade from that area and as soon as the end pass you leave to head back. If you haven’t gotten a room in Gatlinburg by now you will not get one.

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