KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Hundreds of people turned out to World’s Fair Park in Knoxville for this year’s Festival on the Fourth with a host of new attractions, but the biggest attraction was the annual fireworks show.
Festivities began at 4 p.m. Monday. Kelsey’s Woods, Misty River and Fourkast provided musical performances. The Tennessee National Guard had a Humvee on site for people to get a close look at the vehicle. The city handed out free “liberty hats” and Blue Lizard provided free sunscreen samples.
“We have a lot to celebrate for today because we’re celebrating our freedom and for all the men and women that have fought for us to have or freedom, it’s a pretty big deal. It’s awesome to be able to celebrate with everybody here of all colors with everybody coming together. To me that’s awesome. To me this is all family here,” said Candice Cooper.Related story: Things to do in East Tennessee: 4th of July edition
Instead of a tug-of-war, the Knoxville Police Department and the Knoxville Fire Department took part in a paddle boat race, which the fire department won.
Families could take part in a life-size Connect 4 game, nine-hole Putt-Putt course, water balloon game or ride on a carousel. The Sunsphere was lit up in red, white and blue for the first time.Related story: Knoxville’s Sunsphere lit red, white and blue for Festival on the Fourth
The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Pilot Flying J Independence Day concert had a special tribute to Pat Summitt.