Amazing 4th of July Events Near Knoxville, TN

(updated for 2020)

From the awe inspiring sparkle of fireworks overhead to the time spent with family as you sing along to your favorite patriotic songs and sample delicious treats, July 4th is when summer memories are made!

These fantastic 4th of July events near Knoxville and the surrounding counties boast a wide variety of family-fun including parades, fireworks, food vendors, kids’ activities, and more!

With events featured throughout the region, July 4th fun is closer than you think!

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What to Bring

  • Don’t forget the lawn chairs or picnic blanket for sitting.
  • Some vendors still only accept cold hard moolah. To ensure you don’t miss out on your favorite treat, bring some cash.
  • If you have littles, you may want baby/child-sized ear protection for the big show. It’s a great way to minimize tears!
  • If the event allow outside drinks, be sure to bring extra waters to help you avoid overheating. We all know what July in TN feels like!
  • Most locations also allow you to bring a canopy for shade, as long as you take it down for the the fireworks. This ensures everyone has a great view!

What Not to Bring

More dogs go missing on July 4th than any other day of the year. When fireworks start going off, many dogs panic and bolt, or can even become aggressive without a prior history. Sadly many of these runaway dogs are hit and killed by cars. Please leave your dogs at home.

For your convenience, Knox County is listed first with all remaining counties following in alphabetical order.

As always, you can click any blue event name to verify the information provided or get additional details.

2020 July 4th Events Near Knoxville

Due to COVID, please be sure to check the status of these events before you go. Please check even on the morning of the event to make sure it hasn’t been canceled.

Anderson County Fireworks

  • Location: Anderson County High School, Clinton
  • When: July 4th at 6 PM
  • Cost: FREE, free parking in public garages, pay to park also available

Independence Day Celebration and Anvil Shoot

  • Location: Museum of Appalachia
  • Date: July 4, 2020 at 9 AM
  • Cost: $15/adults, $5/children, $35/family

At this unique event, you will see huge anvil launched high in the sky! Anvil launching is a traditional Appalachian way to celebrate a special event. There will also be games, live music, living history actors and more !

Cherokee Park

  • Location: 3075 Floyd Hall Dr, Morristown, TN
  • Date: July 4th, 2020 8 PM
  • Cost: FREE

Fireworks only this year. music, food, kids activities, and more!

July 4th Parade

  • Location: Yale Commercial Locks, Lenoir City, TN
  • Date: July 4, 2019 10 AM
  • Cost: FREE

The festivities start with a 1/2 mile fun for kids ages 5-12. Next up is a hopping July 4th parade.

Rockin’ the Docks

  • Location: Yale Commercial Locks, Lenoir City, TN
  • Date: July 4, 2020 5 PM
  • Cost: FREE

Live music, food vendors, and fireworks.

Independence Day Celebration

  • Location: Historic Downtown Sweetwater, TN
  • Date: July 4, 2020 at 6 PM
  • Cost: FREE

Fireworks, food vendors, and music only. Start the day with a challenging adult 5K and a Duck dash kids run. The fun will continue with games, kids’ zone, live music, vendors, and a fireworks show after dark!

River Raft Regatta

  • Location: Little Pigeon River, Downtown Gatlinburg, TN
  • Date: July 4, 2020 at 12 PM
  • Cost: FREE

An exicting race to the finish with DIY mini boats and rubber ducks!

Fireworks Finale

  • Location: Downtown Gatlinburg
  • Date: July 4, 2020 at 10 PM
  • Cost: FREE

Finish up Gatlinburg’s fun filled July 4th, with a fabulous fireworks display directly over downtown!

Thunder in the Park

  • Location: Wilson Park, Maynardville, TN
  • Dates: September 5, 2020 at 5 PM
  • Cost: FREE

This is NOT a July 4th celebration, but it is a huge festival with fireworks, food and craft vendors, games, live music and more!

July 4th Block Party

  • Location: Downtown Harriman, TN
  • Dates: July 4th, 2020 at 3 PM
  • Cost: FREE

Food and craft vendors, live music, a car show and more!

Smokies Stadium

  • Location: Kodak, TN
  • Dates: July 3rd, 2020 after the game
  • Cost: FREE

A fun all-star game followed by fireworks.

Canceled 4th of July Events

Festival on the 4th

  • Location: World’s Fair Park, Knoxville, TN
  • When: canceled
  • Cost: FREE, free parking in public garages, pay to park also available

Enjoy free kids’ activities, craft and food vendors, and live music throughout the day. Fireworks will begin at dark, and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will provide the live soundtrack to the show!

Celebration Of the Declaration Of Independence

  • Location: James White’s Fort, Knoxville, TN
  • Date: canceled
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy a flag ceremony, reading of the signers, and short speech.

Farragut Independence Day Parade

  • Location: From the intersection of Kingston Pike/Stadium Drive to Boring rd.
  • Date: canceled
  • Cost: FREE

A fun and traditional parade with marching bands, dancers, floats, candy, vendors and more!

Farragut Freedom Run

  • Location: 11408 Municipal Center Dr, Farragut, TN 
  • Date: canceled
  • Cost: $20 – $30

1 and 2 mile race options.

4th of July on Mabry’s Hill

  • Location: Mabry-Hazen House, Knoxville, TN
  • Date: canceled
  • Cost: $12/adults, $5/kids 3-16, FREE/under 3

Enjoy food music, kids activities, yard games, and a great view of the fireworks. Admission fee includes 2 drinks. Food will be available for purchase, but coolers are also welcome.

Anderson County

Oak Ridge Fireworks

  • Location: A.K. Bissell Pak
  • Date: canceled
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy a fantastic fireworks display and a performance from the Oak Ridge Community Band.

Fun on the Fourth

  • Location: Lakefront Park, Clinton, TN
  • Date: canceled
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy inflatables, yard games, live music, food and craft vendors, and of course, an amazing fireworks show!

Norris Day

  • Location: Norris Commons, Norris, TN
  • Date: canceled
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy games, fireworks, live music, and food and craft vendors. This is an all day event.

Blount County

Freedom Fest

  • Location: Alcoa Duck Pond, Alcoa, TN
  • Date: canceled
  • Cost: FREE

Each year this stunning foreworks display is held the weekend before July 4th. There will be a fun kids area and food vendors onsite.

Townsend Fireworks

  • Location: Field Next to the Highland Mannor Inn, Townsend, TN
  • Date: canceled
  • Cost: FREE

This awesome fireworks display packs a powerful punch. Though crowded, it is usually less busy than the event in Alcoa. There will also be live music and food vendors.

Cocke County

Fireworks Showcase

  • Location: Parrottsville School, Parrottsville, TN
  • Date: canceled
  • Coast: FREE

The day’s events include a parade, live music, food and craft vendors, fireworks, kids zone, and more! Their Facebook page is not up to date. Details were confirmed via message.

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Grainger County

County officials confirmed via phone that there are currently no July 4th celebrations planned. If you’d like to see one next year, be sure to contact your local officials and let them know!

Hamblen County

Jefferson County

Mossy Creek Station

  • Location: 711 East Main Street, Jefferson City, TN
  • Date: canceled
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy a fabulous parade, kids’ activities, food vendors, and more! There will be no fireworks at this event.

Loudon County


  • Location: Loudon Municipal Park, Loudon, TN
  • Date: canceled
  • Cost: FREE

Fireworks, music, and more!

Monroe County

Roane County

Smokin’ the Water July 4th Festival

  • Location: Kingston City Park, Kingston, TN
  • Date: canceled
  • Cost: FREE

Food and craft vendors, live music, games, and fireworks! There will also be a traditional parade on the evening of July 3rd.

Sevier County

Midnight Parade

  • Location: Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN
  • Date: canceled
  • Cost: FREE

That time is correct y’all, hence the name of the parade!

Patriot Festival

  • Location: Patriots Park, Pigeon Forge, TN
  • Date: canceled
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy live a parade, music, food, kids games, and fireworks after dark!

Union County

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