Fourth of July celebrations continue in World's Fair Park

Fourth of July celebrations proceed as planned in World's Fair Park

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Organizers say the fireworks could be seen from all over downtown. Organizers say the fireworks could be seen from all over downtown.
"I'm attaching umbrellas to all of my chairs. The girls' got a tent, and we're just prepared for the worst," Keffer said. "I'm attaching umbrellas to all of my chairs. The girls' got a tent, and we're just prepared for the worst," Keffer said.
The Knoxville Police Department even squared off against the city's fire department in a friendly game of tug of war, with KPD taking home the victory. The Knoxville Police Department even squared off against the city's fire department in a friendly game of tug of war, with KPD taking home the victory.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A lack of sunshine didn't stop the fun at this year's Festival on the Fourth celebration in World's Fair Park.

"I just love the Fourth of July, love the warm weather, the fountains, the food," Knoxville resident Jenny Ryan said. "We love the shows and it's just so kid friendly."

The Independence Day festival offered free entertainment for kids, who say they aren't letting the rain get in the way of a good time.

"Actually it's been really fun because of the rain," Cassandra Verily said. "It was fun to go down the slide with the wet weather, but it has put a bit of a damper because our clothes are wet and it's kind of cold with the breeze."

Kristina Keffer came to the festival prepared for foul weather.

"I'm attaching umbrellas to all of my chairs. The girls' got a tent, and we're just prepared for the worst," Keffer said.

The vendors also came prepared for inclement weather.

"Definitely the turnout has diminished greatly, but we're hoping everyone will show up tonight for dinner and fireworks," vendor Nate Laiewski said. "It'll be a great event and rain or shine we're going to be here."

The Knoxville Police Department even squared off against the city's fire department in a friendly game of tug of war, with KPD taking home the victory.

The main draw, however, is a fireworks extravaganza that closed out the festivities.

"The fireworks are going to be great," visitor Adrian Arritea said. "The different colors in the sky, it's going to be great."

The 20 minute show was synchronized to music from the Knoxville Symphony. For the second year in a row, the fireworks were shot from the Tennova Helipad across the river.

Organizers say the fireworks could be seen from all over downtown.

 

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