July 4th, 2017 Events In Pigeon Forge June 20, 2017Pigeon Forge Funevents, fireworks, gatlinburg, independence day, july 4, parade, patriot festival, Patriot Park, things to doCaroline Sullivan Don’t miss these incredible events happening in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg on the July 4, 2017! First Independence Day Parade in the Nation Gatlinburg is known for having the very first July 4th Parade in the nation. Come celebrate the 42nd annual parade right here in Downtown Gatlinburg. The show kicks off a minute past midnight on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017. There are nearly 80,000 people that come out watch year to see the show. For more than 40 years, the parade has honored our nation’s Military Veterans and other U.S. Military Heroes with this classic, small town American parade. Learn More 27th Annual Patriot Festival The annual Patriot Festival is an experience you will want to take the whole family to! The event kicks off at noon with a free Kids’ Carnival along with food vendors start the festivities off. From 1:30pm – 9:30pm starts the free entertainment including games along with performances by Departure (Journey Tribute Band) & headliner Thompson Square. Then, at 9:45pm the Fireworks showcase begins! Learn More Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta Registration begins at 10 am and the race will start at 12:00 pm. The race will start at the Christ in the Smokies bridge on the River Road and will end at Ripley’s Aquarium in the Smokies. There are two categories: Trash (not hand-made) and Treasure (hand-made) – awards will go to the top 3 in each category. Additionally, the “Judges Choice” award will go to the most creative “raft.” Awards will be given to the oldest and the youngest participant. Trophies will be supplied by the Gatlinburg Recreation Department. Learn More Gatlinburg’s 4th of July Finale Don’t miss Gatlinburg’s famous 4th of July Fireworks Finale show at 10 PM in the heart of Downtown Gatlinburg! This 20-minute fireworks show earns rave reviews and it’s a great way to finish a perfect 4th of July in the Smokies. Be sure to arrive early to find parking and get a great spot for viewing this popular nighttime celebration.