July 4th In Pigeon Forge | 2023 Events

July 4th in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg is a day packed with fun activities the whole family will enjoy. It's a great time of year to plan your summer vacation. Don't miss these incredible events happening in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg on July 4!

Gatlinburg July 4 Parade

Gatlinburg is known for having the First Independence Day Parade in the Nation. Come celebrate the annual parade in downtown Gatlinburg starting just a minute past midnight on Sunday, July 4th. 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 veterans & other U.S. military heroes with this classic, small town American parade.

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Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival

The annual Patriot Festival is an experience you will want to take the whole family to! The event begins at 4 PM with a variety of food vendors starting the festivities off. From 5:30 pm – 8:00pm, enjoy free entertainment from Liquid Velvet and Swamp River Revival, then enjoy headliner Josh Turner at 8:30. At 9:50pm the fireworks showcase begins!

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Gatlinburg 4th Of July Fireworks

Don't miss Gatlinburg's 4th of July Fireworks finale show at 11 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..

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Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta

The Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta race starts at 11 am at the Christ in the Smokies bridge and ends at Ripley's Aquarium. 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.

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Pigeon Forge Fireworks

Pigeon Forge will launch fireworks from Patriot Park on July 4th. The fireworks will be launched at 9:50 PM and will last approximately 20 minutes.

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Start planning to spend July 4th in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg today. Browse our selection of cabins and hotels to find the perfect place for your family's summer vacation.

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