The streets of downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee will ignite with vibrant colors at the “Stand Here” Fireworks Finale at 10pm on the 4th of July. Gatlinburg has been home to the nation’s first 4th of July parade every year for the past 37 years. This spectacular event kicks off the annual Independence Day celebration that ends with an enormous fireworks display.
The magnificent Independence Day celebration is only one of many Gatlinburg events. There’s something for everyone throughout the year including the Fine Arts Festival, Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales, the Craftsmen’s Fair, the River Raft Regatta and the Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival. With so much to do and experience, Gatlinburg is a vacationer’s paradise.
Whether for a specific event like the 4th of July celebration or just to experience the beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there is an abundance of activities to enjoy. The Smokys provide numerous outdoor adventures such as tubing down the Pigeon River, hiking various mountain trails, bird watching and a nature ride through Cades Cove. In downtown Gatlinburg, there’s a variety of shopping, restaurants, amusements, and the largest aquarium in Tennessee.
Whitewater Rafting in Gatlinburg
However, if it’s a more thrilling adventure you’re after, then why not try white water rafting down the Little Pigeon River. Riding down the river in an inner tube is a leisurely experience, but white-water rafting the rocky current of the Pigeon River is for the more adventurous spirits. Not to worry though, the tour guides provide a safe experience for the whole family to enjoy while you are in rafting in the Smokies.
If you’re looking for an all inclusive summer vacation, it’s here in East Tennessee. Come join in the fun of the Gatlinburg events, the amusements, and the adventures that can only be found in the Great Smoky Mountains.