Family Friendly Events fill the July Calendar

As the summer brings about warmer temperatures, sunny skies, and a longing for adventure, Gatlinburg answers the call with a Smoky Mountain summer filled with endless excitement and new experiences for everyone. Family and friends can enjoy the many sights and events Gatlinburg has to offer, making this summer season a memorable one.  


Fourth of July Midnight Parade

Be the first to celebrate Independence Day at Gatlinburg’s award winning Fourth of July Midnight Parade. The “First July Fourth Parade in the Nation” kicks off at 12:01 a.m. on the fourth honoring our nation’s birthday with elaborate floats, balloons, and patriotic displays. The family entertainment continues throughout the day with the River Raft Regatta at 11 a.m. and a patriotic concert with the 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, Kentucky at 9 p.m. at Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza. The Fireworks Finale tops off the holiday with a brilliant fireworks display beginning at 11 p.m. from the Space Needle.   

July Fourth Fireworks in Gatlinburg

Fireworks Finale

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales returns to the streets of Gatlinburg this season filling the streets with story and song. Costumed musicians and storytellers will share traditional Appalachian music and rich stories from the Smoky Mountains dating back as far as the 1800’s. The cast will perform nightly beginning at 6 p.m. July 1-31.

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

Arts, crafts and music lovers can explore more than 200 booths filled with unique and one of a kind handmade items at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair held July 8-17 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Artists and craftsmen will be on-hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and sell their fine works of art. Live country and bluegrass music will also be on site for entertainment.

View a full list of events in Gatlinburg here.