Knoxville to celebrate July 4 with scaled-back event at World’s Fair Park

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The City of Knoxville’s Fourth of July celebration will go on for two nights at World’s Fair Park, with safety precautions in place.

Fireworks are 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 3.

“We were disappointed to have to cancel Festival on the 4th months ago, when many COVID-19 precautions were still in place,” Kyndra Brewer, director of the City Office of Special Events, said. “But we are happy to be able to have a family-friendly, patriotic way to kick off the holiday weekend.”

Special guests are the 572nd Air National Guard Band of the South who will play July 2. Based at McGhee-Tyson Air National Guard Base, the band is one of 17 Air Force bands in the world.

Also on July 2, there will be performances by the Concert band, the jazz band Blue Groove and rock band Sound Barrier. LaFollette-based PyroShows will set off a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m on Saturday.

On Saturday, July 3, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform in the Tennessee Amphitheater. A time and program will be announced at a later date.

Families are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and picnic dinners; please leave alcohol and pets at home. Bottled water will be available onsite, but there will not be food or other beverages for sale.

The park’s restroom facilities will be open, and additional portable toilets will be on site. Free parking will be available in all city-owned garages as well as the nearby 11th Street Garage.

“We look forward to celebrating together at this year’s scaled-down celebration and producing a full Festival on the 4th in 2022,” Mayor Indya Kincannon said.

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