Gatlinburg celebrates the first Fourth of July parade in the nat

Gatlinburg celebrates the first Fourth of July parade in the nation

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About 100,000 people came to Gatlinburg early Friday morning to watch the first Independence Day parade in the nation. About 100,000 people came to Gatlinburg early Friday morning to watch the first Independence Day parade in the nation.
About 100,000 people came to Gatlinburg early Friday morning to watch the first Independence Day parade in the nation. About 100,000 people came to Gatlinburg early Friday morning to watch the first Independence Day parade in the nation.
About 100,000 people came to Gatlinburg early Friday morning to watch the first Independence Day parade in the nation. About 100,000 people came to Gatlinburg early Friday morning to watch the first Independence Day parade in the nation.
About 100,000 people came to Gatlinburg early Friday morning to watch the first Independence Day parade in the nation. About 100,000 people came to Gatlinburg early Friday morning to watch the first Independence Day parade in the nation.
About 100,000 people came to Gatlinburg early Friday morning to watch the first Independence Day parade in the nation. About 100,000 people came to Gatlinburg early Friday morning to watch the first Independence Day parade in the nation.
By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

GATLINBURG (WATE) - About 100,000 people came to Gatlinburg early Friday morning to watch the first Independence Day parade in the nation. It started at midnight, but many people set up their chairs on Thursday morning.

"It's definitely worth it. I've never seen anything like this, it's quite amazing just seeing all the floats," said Chris Curry.

The patriotic theme is designed to honor our military.

"It's the time to celebrate for all of them that fought for us," Jacob Friday said.

"The nation's birthday and good family time," Curry said of why he celebrates. 

The best part of the hour-long parade depends on who you ask.

Hunter Barrett likes "the cops."

"When the fire trucks and stuff go out, with their sirens out, that's my favorite part," said Landon Cosby.

"We just love watching the cars come through here," said Jeff Miller.

"I like the Dukes of Hazard part, and the Camaros," Friday said.

"Mine's always the men and women in uniforms," said Mindy Hebert.

"I like all of it," Trey Miller said.

"We just enjoy it and our children enjoy it and we just want to be a part of it and celebrate the Fourth of July and all that we've got to be thankful for," said Ken Branham.

The events continue throughout the weekend, including the fireworks show in downtown Gatlinburg starting 10 p.m. Friday. 

 

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