Gatlinburg Independence Day Celebrations


June 29, 2020

Gatlinburg will mark July 4th with traditional and reimagined events

Gatlinburg has always been a favorite destination for celebrating Independence Day and this year is no exception. The family favorite River Raft Regatta and the Fireworks Display will go on as planned along with other patriotic pop-up events throughout the day. The Midnight Parade was canceled due to social distancing guidelines.

“Gatlinburg wants to be sure that we continue as many of our long-standing patriotic traditions as possible,” says Mark Adams, President/CEO Gatlinburg CVB. “We are encouraging everyone to be prepared for social distancing and healthy travel practices while celebrating the 4th of July in Gatlinburg.”

New this year, the Fireworks Display will be launched from the top of the Space Needle at 11:00 p.m. The 400-foot tall tower provides a unique vantage point for everyone to view the spectacular display from all over town.

For 44 years, visitors have made the River Raft Regatta a tradition. The unmanned floatable registration begins at 10 a.m. at Christ in 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. Participants also have the option of entering the competition by purchasing a rubber duck for $2. Trophies are awarded in several different categories.

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