For those that couldn’t wait until the Fourth of July, the city of Gatlinburg began their Independence Day celebrations at the stroke of midnight.
Gatlinburg has kicked off the holiday with the first Independence Day parade in the nation for the last 43 years. The city and visitors look forward to it every year.
According to a release from the city of Gatlinburg, nearly 50,000 people lined the streets for the Fourth of July Midnight Parade.
“We are pleased with the number of visitors who turned out for the parade,” said Mark Adams, CVB president and CEO. “The wholehearted participation by the community is what makes this event so successful and memorable for our visitors.”
The patriotic parade honored all branches of the U.S. Military and included the 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, Kentucky. The grand marshal was the athletic department from Gatlinburg-Pittman High School in recognition of the 2018 State Championship boys soccer team.
The parade route began on East Parkway near Baskins Creek Bypass, eventually proceeding up the Parkway.