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! 

Festival on the 4th   ***Fireworks***

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Celebration on the 4th   ***Fireworks*** 

When? Monday, July 4 (5pm-10pm, fireworks at 9:35pm) 
Where? World’s Fair Park 
How Much? Free 

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The Festival on the 4th delivers a wide variety of family fun including entertainment, activities and treats at the City of Knoxville's 4th of July celebration at the World's Fair Park.

The free festival begins at 5 p.m. and ends at approximately 10 p.m. at the conclusion of the fireworks display. This event is RAIN OR SHINE.

Festival on the 4th Throughout the day festival goers will be treated to good music, good food, good fun and good times on the Festival and Performance lawns of the World's Fair Park. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Festival Lawn will be filled with fun activities to please kids of all ages such as miniature golf with Holes to Go and Paddle Boats in the lake at World's Fair Park. Join us at 5 p.m. for some live music on the Festival Lawn with Jenna Rose and Vibraslaps at 6:00pm.

The musical finale will be performed, starting at 8 p.m., by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. They will present the 38th Annual FREE Pilot Flying J Independence Day Concert on the World's Fair Park's Performance Lawn. This is a FREE concert - no ticket required!

Fireworks start at 9:35 p.m.

FREE PARKING: World's Fair & Blackstock Parking Lots, 11th Street, Locust Street, Walnut Street, State Street & Market Square Garages - ADA Parking at11th Street Garage




4th of July Celebration at James White's Fort

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Sons of the Revolution at James White's Fort shooting guns in the air

4th of July Celebration 

When? Monday, July4 (10am-11:30am) 
Where? James White’s Fort 
How Much? Free 


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.


Town of Farragut Independence Day Parade 

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Little girl with a red, white and blue cowboy hat waving to the crowd at the Farragut parade

Town of Farragut Independence Day Parade 

When? Monday, July4 (9:30am)
Where? Starts at Farragut High School
How Much? Free

The Town of Farragut’s annual Independence Day Parade will start at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 4. The parade will start at the Farragut High School junior lot and proceed down Lendon Welch Way. The parade continues to Boring Road, just east of Farragut Towne Square Shopping Center (former Ingles store site). Bring the family and reconnect with the Town at this community staple.

The grand marshals in this year’s parade will be the owners of Euphoric Cheese Shop: Amy Burritt and Cheri Intveld.

Fleet Feet Sports Knoxville will host the fifth annual Farragut Freedom Run 1 Mile & 2 Mile prior to the start of the parade. This flat and fast course is USATF certified and perfect for all levels. Register at runsignup.com/farragutfreedomrun.

Be a part of this fun and festive tradition!

Independence Day Celebration and Anvil Shoot 

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Independence Day Celebration and Anvil Shoot 

When? Monday, July 4 (9am-4pm)
Where? Museum of Appalachia 
How Much? $6-$30 (advance sales price)

Anvil shoot

While most Americans celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, the Museum of Appalachia marks the occasion with an old-fashioned “anvil shoot”. Every 4th of July, the Museum uses gunpowder to launch a 200-pound anvil hundreds of feet into the air! 

Anvil shoots were once a common way for pioneers to commemorate holidays, elections, and other special occasions. While the tradition of anvil-shooting is nearly obsolete, the Museum has made it a nearly 30-year tradition, striving to keep this piece of history alive for a 21st-century audience. 

Anvil shoots are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. 

The anvil shoot is the centerpiece of an all-day celebration that includes a national bell-ringing ceremony, flag procession, live music, southern food, demonstrations from blacksmiths, beekeepers, dulcimer makers, spinners, weavers, rail splitters, and more. 

Fourth of July on Mabry's Hill 

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Exterior of the Mabry-Hazen House

Fourth of July on Mabry's Hill 

When? Monday, July 4 (5:00pm-10pm)
Where? Mabry-Hazen House 
How Much? $5/children $15/adults 

Gather to celebrate Independence Day, the Declaration of Independence, and community. Enjoy great views, good food and beer, live music, fun games, great company and tours of the 1858 house. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and spread out on our 7 acres of greenspace near downtown and right off I-40. The day recalls the spirit of 19th century Independence Day celebrations when communities gathered for patriotic revelry and enjoyment.  

Overlooking downtown Knoxville to the west and the Great Smoky Mountains to south, historic Mabry's Hill enjoys a spectacular view of the fireworks around the city and county. Take it easy with this laid-back celebration. It is the perfect time to come chill on the hill! Take in the surrounding natural beauty and history while savoring food from food trucks and beer from a local brewery.  

There will be several activities for kids and the young at heart including sack races, watermelon seed spitting contests, three-legged races, bocce, croquet, corn hole, and much more. They will have a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Purchase tickets to join in a cake walk and possibly take home a delicious cake from a local bakery! Trotta Montgomery Realty Company will offer a cool treat for everyone with a pony and cart to hand out ice cream! And the historic house museum will open for self-guided tours. Click the link for schedule of activities.

4th of July Dinner Cruise on the Volunteer Princess

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Fourth of July Dinner Cruise 

When? Monday, July 4 (6:30pm-9:00pm)
Where? Volunteer Princess 
How Much? $39.95/children $79.95/adults 

Volunteer Princess cruising in the water

Take a seat at your private table and enjoy an all-American four-course meal. Enjoy a two and a half hour cruise around Knoxville and celebrate America’s birthday. Visit our bar on the upper deck and grab a cocktail. Make your night extra special with a celebration package! We promise the most exciting Fourth of July cruise in Knoxville!

**What’s Included**

– 2.5 hour cruise around Knoxville

– Passed appetizers

– Four-course dinner

– Live DJ entertainment

– Sparkling wine at boarding and more!

*We will not be able to see the fireworks from the boat.*

Independence Day Cruises on the Tennessee Riverboat

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Tennessee Riverboat in the water

Independence Day Cruises 

When? Monday, July 4 (7:00pm)
Where? Tennessee Riverboat 
How Much? $89.95


Celebrate Independence Day with a special Independence Day cruise.  The Lunch Cruise boards at 12:00 Noon, and cruises from 1:00 pm till 3:00 pm. The Dinner Cruise boards at 4:00 pm, and cruises from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm. For best seats, book early and ask about Guaranteed Window seating and Exclusive Seating options. 

Sunsphere Events - 4th of July Celebration

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Sunsphere Events 4th of July

Sunsphere Events - 4th of July Celebration

When? Monday, July 4 7:00-10:00pm
Where? Sunsphere Events (6th & 8th Floors)
How Much? $49-$150


You are invited to spend July 4th with us at our iconic Sunsphere. Enjoy the many Independence Day festivities on the World's Fair Park grounds during the day and then head on up to the 6th or 8th floor of Knoxville's gold disco ball in the sky to take in the city's fireworks show.

Our top floor (8th) will have Rosa's Catering providing drinks, appetizers with an ice cream bar and dj stylings from Kimzee Entertainment.

Our VIP floor (6th) will host the AMAZING singing talent of Knoxville's very own, Lauren Arp, refreshing drinks, a slider and hot dog bar with summer sides and an ice cream bar, provided by Rosa's Catering.

You pick the floor, and we will provide the food, fun and fireworks so close you can almost touch them....all away from the crowd in a nicely air conditioned space with a view like none other!

Celebrate Independence Day with a special Independence Day cruise.  The Lunch Cruise boards at 12:00 Noon, and cruises from 1:00 pm till 3:00 pm. The Dinner Cruise boards at 4:00 pm, and cruises from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm. For best seats, book early and ask about Guaranteed Window seating and Exclusive Seating options. 

Mighty Musical Monday at the Tennessee Theatre

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Mighty Musical Monday

Mighty Musical Monday at the Tennessee Theatre

When? Monday, July 4 (12:00pm)
Where? Tennessee Theatre
How Much? Free


We are pleased to welcome you to the Theatre to enjoy a LIVE concert featuring House Organist Freddie Brabson on the Tennessee Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer. As Mighty Musical Monday falls on Independence Day, we will be showing historic footage provided by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS) and Freddie will accompany the footage with patriotic music. 

Share with your friends and family, and save the date - we hope to see you there!

Please note that we will not be providing lunch, but concessions will be available for purchase. Guests are welcome to bring their own brown bag lunch.

Other Events & Visitor Center Hours

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The Visit Knoxville Visitor Center will be open from 8:30am-7pm on Friday July 1 (extended hours for Taps & Tunes on First Friday), 9am-5pm on Saturday July 2, 12pm-4pm on Sunday July 3, and 8:30am-3pm on Monday, July 4.

Other events that are also taking place 4th of July weekend can be found here.  

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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