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First Independence Day Parade in the Nation (July 4th)

Gatlinburg wants the nation to know that when it comes to Independence Day, when you are first, you are special. Come experience one of the most talked about and recognized 4th of July celebrations in history. 2019 marks the 44th First Independence Day Parade in the Nation Celebration. Come spend Independence Day in Gatlinburg to see why being first means a lot when its the 4th of July in Gatlinburg.


The First Independence Parade

When Gatlinburg states that they have the First Independence Parade in the Nation, they really mean it! If you want to enjoy this 4th of July celebration, you’re going to have to stay up late! The Independence Parade starts at 12:01 a.m. on the 4th of July in Tennessee, officially making it the first Independence Day parade in the United States each and every year. Starting at Baskins Creek Bypass, this 4th of July in Tennessee parade is a mile long. Because of the popularity of this parade, you are encouraged to secure a quality parade viewing spot by arriving early in the evening on July 3rd.


An Award-Winning 4th of July in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg is not just a bunch of hot air when it comes to putting on a parade. If this city is going to have the first Independence Day parade year after year, it has to live up to the hype beyond just being first. Fortunately for Gatlinburg, the hype is well-earned as the Gatlinburg Fourth of July Midnight Parade has earned multiple awards for its excellence. Geographic Traveler Magazine states that Gatlinburg’s parade is a “Top Ten Parade to see in the US.” Southeast Tourism Society named the parade as a “Top 20 Event for 2016.” If you plan on visiting Gatlinburg for the 4th of July, you will be pleasantly entertained by this midnight parade.


Independence & Honor

As the First Independence Day Parade in the Nation, Gatlinburg always remembers to honor the people that make it possible for everyone to enjoy their freedom. Dedicated time is taken to address and honor the veterans and military personnel that risk their lives to keep America safe and free. Drawing over 100,000 spectators each year, Independence Day in Gatlinburg is a blast! From the embellished floats and cars and marching bands to the huge firework display that closes out the Independence Day celebrations, Gatlinburg invites you to join the rest of the town in discovering why their Independence Day celebration is not only the first but also one of the best.

First Independence Day Parade in the Nation
July 3, 2019 – July 4, 2019
Downtown Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(800) 568-4748

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