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Your Guide to the Ultimate July 4th Rafting Weekend in Gatlinburg

July 4th is fast approaching, and there is no better place to celebrate Independence Day than the Great Smoky Mountains! In addition to the famous July 4th Midnight Parade and an amazing fireworks display, the city of Gatlinburg also hosts an annual River Raft Regatta. This unmanned raft race is one of the most popular 4th of July events in the area.

After the Gatlinburg July 4th River Raft Regatta we invite you to experience a totally different rafting experience at Smoky Mountain Outdoors. We’re running whitewater rafting trips throughout the day on Saturday July 5th, so you can enjoy a weekend full of wet and wild fun!

Dolly Parton to Return to the Smokies for Pigeon Forge Parade

otters on floatFor over 25 years, the people of the Smoky Mountains have honored our most famous daughter with a parade in honor of her career, accomplishments and contribution to the area. After visiting in March to open Dollywood for the 2014 season, Dolly Parton will return to the Smoky Mountains this spring as Grand Marshal to her very own Pigeon Forge parade, the Annual Dolly Homecoming Parade.

To celebrate Parton and all the wonders of summer, Smoky Mountain Outdoors’ official parade otters, Eddy and Betty, are ready to help us kick-off the season on the Fun on the River float.

Gatlinburg is Blooming with Beauty for Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

pink wildflowerSpring is blossoming into a kaleidoscope of colors in the Great Smoky Mountains. Daffodils, trout lilies and red maple are springing up unique, vibrant colors, and with the welcoming sounds of chirping birds and a chorus of frogs leave no doubt that the new season had finally arrived. In celebration, the 64th annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage event in Gatlinburg is scheduled to begin just as the seasonal colors are at their prime.

March Events Officially Unveil Spring in the Smokies

family lying in grass Spring in the Smoky Mountains is like no other place in the world. When the flowers begin blooming and the trees come to life, there’s something special in the air for locals and tourists. As a welcome to the new season and vacationing families, events have been planned throughout Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in the month of March, from cultural celebrations that last the entire month to crafting lessons that span a weekend.

Veterans Day Celebration in Gatlinburg

The Gatlinburg Veterans Day Celebration is always a popular event for the Smoky Mountain community. Only 57 cities in the entire country have the honor of being an official site for the observation of the Veterans Day holiday, which means that the activities that take place at these sites will be aligned with those taking place at the National Veterans Day Observance. The celebration in Gatlinburg is one of two of such sites in Tennessee. This can’t-miss event will be taking place at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies on Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m. Admission is free, so bring the entire family!

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