GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) — Freedom and fireworks took center stage in Gatlinburg this Independence Day with a parade and a spectacular fireworks show.

Gatlinburg fireworks

At 11 p.m., the sound of fireworks reverberated through the mountains in a spectacular show. This year the fireworks launched from the Space Needle, in the center of town.

The fireworks were shown on WATE 6 News at 11 p.m. on Monday and streamed online at

Gatlinburg parade an annual favorite

The annual fun began at 12:01 a.m. Monday morning, as the nation’s first Independence Day parade got underway through downtown Gatlinburg. The parade draws thousands of spectators who line the streets for the late-night event.

The Grand Marshal of this year’s parade was HunterGirl, a runner-up on ABC’s American Idol. Read more about her.

A patriotic concert with the 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, Kentucky was held at 10 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

Gatlinburg Police are reminding residents and visitors that it is illegal to discharge fireworks within the city, per the Gatlinburg Municipal Code. This code covers all locations in Gatlinburg, including residential neighborhoods.

“We ask that all Gatlinburg citizens and visitors safely enjoy the Independence Day holiday and adhere to the City ordinance regarding the discharge of fireworks,” said Gatlinburg Police Chief Randy Brackins. “There are several public events to enjoy and celebrate the Holiday and we ask that everyone arrive early to avoid traffic congestion for the parade on Sunday night and the fireworks display on Monday evening.”

The annual River Raft Regatta was held also held on Monday.