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. 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!
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!