4th of July Midnight Parade

Jun 05, 13 4th of July Midnight Parade

Come see the first 4th of July parade of the year in Gatlinburg, TN.

The parade starts at midnight on the evening of July 3rd. The 37th annual Midnight Independence Day Parade is expected to bring in 90,000 to 100,000 spectators and the city of Gatlinburg is expecting  this to be their most patriotic and colorful parade to date.

The streets will be closed to vehicles at approximately 11 pm on July 3rd so plan to get there early. Also, traffic in and out of town could take 1-2 hours, so keep that in mind as you make you’re way to and from the parade. You can see the parade anywhere from downtown on the main strip, so don’t sweat it too much if you have trouble finding a spot in the middle of downtown…you’ll see the same parade at the beginning and end of the route.

During the parade, there will be a tribute to the 5 military branches – a major highlight of the parade and rightfully so.

Also, Gatlinburg will be having a fireworks show on the fourth of July, which will begin about an hour after sundown. The display can be seen along most of the parkway from the skylift all the way down to Applebee’s. The fireworks show is supposed to last around 20 minutes.

If you won’t be in Gatlinburg, you can check out the 4th of July fireworks in Pigeon Forge. The Pigeon Forge event will have free concerts on July 4th. The Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge events are both free and will be a great time for the entire family. Just don’t forget why we celebrate the Fourth of July!!

6 Comments

  1. I am so excited about the parade. never heard of a midnight parade before. that is awesome, & if we r in gatlinburg we will be there. we r suppose to be there, but right now not sure. thanks for newsletter, love it

  2. jodi huffine & kids /

    OMG!!! I was in Gatlinburg on the 4th for this parade and didn’t even know it was happening til the nice gentleman at the hotel called sydney james resort (the maintenance guy) told us about it!

    It was definitely the most wonderful , awesome parade I and my kids also my best friend has EVER attended! It was very patriotic and a long parade which is nice because all the others last only a little while….this one is like an hr and half maybe more! Well worth the trip just to go for the 4th!

    I love Gatlinburg and now I know I will plan my vacation around this parade so I can see it again!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! And u will too!!!!

  3. Stephanie /

    We will be moving to Wright-Patterson AFB this summer. Our half way point is Gatlinburg, TN. I just love July 4th. Can’t wait to see the parade. A special thanks goes out to all the military, men and women that keep us safe (Police, Firefighters, EMT, etc)

  4. Glenn /

    I attended the first in in 1976, held in honor of the bicentennial and it has been held ever since. I will be at this one for the first time since 1976 (I’ve been working out of the country). It is an awesome parade.

  5. Robert Smith /

    I love the 4th parade, I love Gatlinburg and I just retireed and I seriously am thinking about moving to Gatlinburg.

  6. We were there last year and had a Wonderful time going for a repeat performance this year, can’t wait!!!

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