Gatlinburg’s award-winning Fourth of July Midnight Parade steps off at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, July 4 with a grand celebration that honors First Responders, US Veterans, and military heroes. This year parade-goers can enjoy a lineup of elaborately decorated and lighted floats from local attractions and area businesses, community organizations, local public safety agencies and the 129th Army Band from Nashville, Tennessee.

Current head coach of the Lady Volunteers, Kellie Jolly Harper, serves Gatlinburg's 44th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade as Grand Marshal. Only the third Lady Vol head coach in the NCAA era of women’s basketball, Coach Harper is a 1999 University of Tennessee graduate and former women’s basketball all-star with a 15-year coaching career that boasts numerous victories and the honor of being one of only 11 coaches to lead three different women’s programs to NCAA Tournament appearances.

“We are very pleased with the community’s exceptional involvement in making the July 4th parade a success year after year,” says Mark Adams, president of the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This year is particularly special with Coach Harper leading the festivities as our Grand Marshal.”

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Stretching more than a mile, the parade route begins at Baskins Creek Bypass and travels the length of downtown to traffic light #10 at Ski Mountain Road. Parade goers are encouraged to arrive early on Wednesday, July 3, to secure a place to watch the Midnight Parade along the Parkway. For parade route and road closure information, click here.

Events continue through July 4, beginning with the River Raft Regatta. Gatlinburg's annual unmanned, floatable object race, the River Raft Regatta begins at 10 a.m. at Christ of the Smokies bridge. From there, racers set sail at noon and conclude the competition at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies after all floatables have crossed the finish line. This year, event-goers have the option of entering the competition by purchasing a rubber duck for $2. Trophies are awarded in several different categories.

The 129th Army Band from Nashville, Tennessee provides entertaining concerts over the course of the holiday beginning on July 3 at 5 p.m. The following day, the Band kicks off festivities starting at 4 p.m. at Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza, culminating in a spectacular fireworks show at 10 p.m.

More Fourth of July Celebrations:

Ole Red Midnight Parade Patio Party

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 Hosted by Ole Red Gatlinburg Show: 10 p.m. See Facebook Event Get a front-row seat to Gatlinburg's 4th of July Midnight Parade when you purchase tickets to Ole Red Gatlinburg's first-ever patio celebration. Cost of admission includes:

  • Choice of dinner from a limited menu
  • 2 drinks
  • Prime viewing location for the Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade

Limited access is available. Book your tickets now to enjoy the parade from the best seats in town!

Ole Red Fireworks Viewing Party

Thursday, July 4, 2019 Hosted by Ole Red Gatlinburg Show: 9 p.m. See Facebook Event Join Ole Red Gatlinburg for a Viewing Party during Gatlinburg’s Fireworks Finale!

Tickets include:

  • Choice of dinner from a limited menu
  • 2 drinks
  • Prime viewing location for the Fireworks Finale

A limited number of tickets are available so book now to enjoy the show from the best seats in town!

Gatlinburg SkyLift Park July 4th Fireworks Viewing Party

Celebrate America's birthday at the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park this July 4th. Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 9 PM – 11 PM See Facebook Event

We'll be open to 11PM for you to kick back, watch the lights of Gatlinburg, grab a beer, enjoy live music, and watch Gatlinburg's July 4th firework show from a totally different vantage point in town -- the SkyDeck, SkyBridge, and SkyCenter. Capacity is limited, so come early for the best spots. Can't make it? We'll have Live music Thursday to Sunday nights all summer long!

Anakeesta's Red, White, & Brew!

Join us for our 2nd Annual Red, White, & Brew Celebration! Enjoy FREE kids crafts and games, live music, artisan demonstrations, and more. Kick back with friends and family, sip on an ice-cold refreshment, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains! See Facebook Event for more details or view the official press release.