The Fourth of July is next week.  Every year it seems we say amongst ourselves, what is there to do and where can we see fireworks?  Some have an annual routine and others like to switch it up.  Today’s post is going to recap Knoxville’s offerings so you can have a game plan!

James White Fort

Celebration of the Declaration of Independence

James White’s Fort
The Knoxville Chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution and Children of the Revolution honor the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Festival on the 4th

Festival on the 4th   ***Fireworks***

World’s Fair Park
The City of Knoxville’s 4th of July celebration delivers a wide variety of family fun. There is live entertainment on the Festival and Performance Lawns, a Family fun stage with interactive fun for the whole family in the Amphitheater, paddle boats, mini golf, water balloon game, face painting and more!  The musical finale will be performed by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra starting at 8 p.m. on the Performance Lawn. Fireworks will begin at 9:35pm. The event is rain or shine and free to the public.

Live entertainment begins at 4pm at the Tennessee Amphitheater:

  • Asian Festival Lion Dancers, 4-4:45pm.
  • Zoo Knoxville presents Einstein and Friends, 5:15-5:35pm.
  • Children's musician Dre Helton, 6-6:45pm.
  • Tim Pressley and The Amazing Magic Show, 7-7:45pm.

Festival Lawn (north end) Stage:

  • Bary Jolly’s Pirates on the Patio plays Jimmy Buffett songs from 4:15-5:45pm.
  • Pianist Kendall Ray performs 6:15-7:30pm.

Performance Lawn (south end) Stage:

  • Stoney Point Bluegrass Band, 5-5:45pm.
  • Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 34th Annual Free Pilot Flying J Independence Day Concert featuring KSO’s Music Director Aram Demirjian at 8pm.


Farragut Parade

Town of Farragut Independence Day Parade

11237 Kingston Pike, Farragut, TN 37934

Be a part of this fun and festive tradition! Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. The route is Kingston Pike, from Farragut High School to Boring Road. Bring a picnic breakfast and arrive early for the best viewing spots! This year’s parade will feature a salute to our veterans. One veteran from each branch will serve together as grand marshal, and all vets and active military are invited to walk behind the boat. 

The Red White & Blues Jam in Farragut will be soon to follow this event on July 7th.

Museum of Appalachia

Independence Day Celebration and Anvil Shoot

Museum of Appalachia

Anvil shooting used to be a fairly common way that rural folks celebrated special events–they “shot the anvil” to celebrate the nation’s Independence, Christmas, and even Davy Crockett’s election to the U.S. Congress. The anvil shoot is the centerpiece of a celebration that includes a bell-ringing ceremony, flag procession, old-fashioned games, music, and demonstrations from beekeepers, blacksmiths, and patriotic re-enactors.  Anvil shoots will occur on July 4th at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 3pm.

Visitors Center

Please note WDVX will not be hosting a Blue Plate Special at noon on the 4th.  The Visit Knoxville Visitor Center will be open from 9am – 3pm.

Ongoing events that are also taking place on the 4th can be found here, including the downtown Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt.  Submit your Knoxville event to our event calendar, and don’t forget to download the Visit Knoxville app to see fun things to do on the go.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Independence Day!

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