Things to do in East Tennessee: 4th of July edition

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – East Tennesseans will be celebrating Independence Day in a variety of ways this weekend. There are fireworks, 5ks and more.

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What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with some all-American baseball?

WATE 6 On Your Side and Q100.3 are teaming up with the Tennessee Smokies to try to break an attendance record at Smokies Ballpark. Monday is not only dollar deals, but there will also be a fireworks extravaganza after the game.

The Tennessee Smokies will also be wearing specialty Stars and Stripes caps that will be auctioned off during the game. The proceeds will go towards Relay for Life of Sevier County.

Saturday

Douglas Lake

There will be a firework show at Sevierville’s Mountain Cove Marina. The show will start at 9 p.m. There will be food from Harbor Grill. Call 865-453-3506 for more information.Party in the Park

The Hamblen County event will feature games, food, a firework show and live music. There will be performances by Craig Campbell, The Highwaymen Live, The Rick Hodge Band and a Lakeway Idol contest. The Lakeway Idol contest will begin at 3 p.m.

Gates for the event open at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and children ages 5 and under get in free. Food City says the event will go on rain or shine.Rockin’ the Docks

The Lenoir City event begins at 1 p.m. on Fort Loudoun Lake. There will be food, fireworks and live music. RMS, Mike McGill and the Refills, and The Coveralls will perform. The firework show will start at 10 p.m. Also, there will be a rock climbing wall and children’s play area. Organizers encourage attendees to leave pets at home.

Sunday

Shake’n The Lake at Point Resort Marina 

There will be plenty to do at the Dandridge event. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. There will be activities for children beginning at noon and ending at 6 p.m. Attendees can enjoy live music from Stephanie Lee and The Fairview Union starting at 6 p.m. behind the city’s town hall.

The event is free and there will be shuttles going between Downtown Dandridge and the Point Resort. starting at 4 p.m. The Point Resort Marina is at 122 Boat Dock Drive.Maple Lanes Farms 

Faith Promise Church is hosting an event at the farm in Greenback starting at 5 p.m. There will be live music, inflatables and a firework show. Also, there will be food trucks.The Great American Celebration

Grace Baptist Church is hosting the event on Oak Ridge Highway. There will be fireworks, live music, games and giveaways. WATE 6 On Your Side Meteorologist Matt Hinkin will be the emcee. The event starts at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.Pilot Fireball Moonlit Classic 5k/Little Firecracker Run

Celebrate the eve of Independence Day with a premier road race, part of the Knoxville Track Club’s Summer Series. The 9 p.m. race on Neyland Drive is preceded with a one-mile kids’ run at 8 p.m.

Sunday-Monday

First Independence Day Parade in the Nation

The Gatlinburg parade starts early Monday morning at 12:01 a.m. Attendees can expect music from the 100th Army Band of Fort Knox, Kentucky on Sunday. Concerts begin at 2 p.m. at Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza. In the parade, there will be floats, balloons, exotic cars, the Litchfield Marching Dragons of Minnesota, the Baltimore Twilighters and the Baltimore Entertainers of Maryland.

For more information about the parade and events, visit the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website.Related: AAA offers free Tow to Go service to drivers to prevent DUI

Monday

Farragut Independence Day Parade

The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Kingston Pike and the entrance of Farragut High School, Lendon Welch Way. It will end at Boring Road near the Farragut Towne Square Shopping Center. The Farragut High School Band will be in the parade along with floats, animals, antique cars, dance groups and more.Farragut Freedom Run 

The race will celebrate America’s freedom on Independence Day at 9 a.m. It will feature a 1 mile and 2 mile run at Farragut Town Hall. Every level is encouraged to participant. Registration is $20 to $30 depending on day of payment and age. For more information, visit the race’s website.Festival on the Fourth

The event will take place in World’s Fair Park starting at 4 p.m. There will be activities for children, a paddleboat challenge, food, musical acts and fireworks. Performances will include the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Kelsey’s Woods, Misty River and Fourkast. The City of Knoxville plans for the event to be rain or shine. The event will end at 10 p.m.

Free parking is available at World’s Fair and Blackstock parking lots, 11th Street, Locust Street, Walnut Street, State Street and Market Square Garages with ADA Parking at Fort Kid Parking Lot.Firework Extravaganza at Smokies Ballpark

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with some all-American baseball?

WATE 6 On Your Side and Q100.3 are teaming up with the Tennessee Smokies to try to break an attendance record at Smokies Ballpark. Monday is not only dollar deals, but there will also be a fireworks extravaganza after the game.

The Tennessee Smokies will also be wearing specialty Stars and Stripes caps that will be auctioned off during the game. The proceeds will go towards Relay for Life of Sevier County.Sweetwater’s July 4th

The city’s events will begin with a 5k and kids’ fun run at 7:30 a.m. Also, there will be a Duck Park Dash for children ages 12 and under. Events will include a corn hole tournament, a parade, children’s area, live music, a karaoke contest, food, dancing, fireworks and more. The celebration will be in Downtown Sweetwater. For ore information, visit the city’s event page.Museum of Appalachia Independence Day Celebration 

The celebration include an anvil shooting, a bell-ringing ceremony, food, and more. The even is free to museum members. The museum will be opened from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

https://youtu.be/7I8huE-2xl4Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival

The Sevier County event will include live music from Joe Diffie, food, a children’s carnival, a veterans tribute and a firework show. Attendees can enjoy BBQ, ice cream and other food. Other musical acts include Emily Ann Roberts from The Voice and Pigeon Forge Community Chorus.

There will be a trolley shuttle service from the LeConte Center Municipal Parking Lot on Teaster Lane to Patriot Park for attendees. Parking is free. The event starts at noon.

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