Awesome 4th of July Events Near Tri-Cities, TN

(Updated for 2021)

From the thrill and excitement of catching candy at the local parade, to the sticky sweetness of delicious homemade ice-cream in the hot summer sun, July 4th is jam packed with memories just waiting to be made!

These 4th of July events near Johnson City, Bristol, Kingsport, and the surrounding counties have everything you need for a fun and memorable holiday, including live music, games, kids’ activities, food vendors, fireworks, and more!

For even more Independence Day fun, check out our complete guide to East TN July 4th events and activities.

4th of July Events near Tri-Cities, TN including Johnson City, Bristol, Kingsport, Jonesborough, and more!

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2021 July 4th Events Near Johnson City & Tri-Cities

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.

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Fireworks Johnson City TN

  • Location: Freedom Hall Civic Center, Johnson City, TN
  • Date: canceled 2021
  • Cost: FREE

Ring in July 4th right with games, music, fireworks, food vendors, and more!

Kingsport TN Fireworks 2021

  • Location: Downtown Kingsport
  • Date: July 3, 2021
  • Cost: FREE

This Independence Day festival boasts a variety of live bands, food vendors, fireworks, and more!

American Downtown

  • Location: multiple locations, Greeneville, TN
  • Date: July 3, 2021
  • Cost: FREE

At this Independence Day celebration, you’ll enjoy live music, food trucks, a fantastic nighttime parade, hot dog eating contest, and more. Of course, the evening will end with a glorious fireworks show.

Independence Day Festival and Parade

  • Location: Downtown Rogersville, TN
  • Date: July 3, 2021
  • Cost: FREE

This festive festival boasts one of the largest firework displays in the southeast. There will also be a parade and live music. Games and food vendors are on hold this year but will return next year.

Veterans Parade

  • Location: Main Street, Erwin, TN
  • Date: July 3, 2021
  • Cost: FREE

A fun and traditional July 4th parade.

4th of July Events near Tri-Cities, TN including Johnson City, Bristol, Kingsport, Jonesborough, and more!

Bristol TN Fireworks 2021

  • Location: Cumberland Square Park, Bristol, VA
  • Date: July 4, 2021
  • Cost: FREE

At the Star-Spangled July 4th Border Bash, guests will enjoy fabulous parade, live music, food vendors, games, and fireworks!

Jonesborough Fireworks

  • Location: Downtown Jonesborough, TN
  • Date: July 4, 2021
  • Cost: FREE

At this fun July 4th event, local restaurants and vendors will stay open late for a fun night of shopping and dining with special sales and offers. Enjoy a fantastic parade, food and craft vendors, live music, games, kids’ activities, and fireworks!

Elizabethton Independence Day Celebration

  • Location: Covered Bridge Park, Elizabethton, TN
  • Date: July 4, 2021
  • Cost: FREE

Celebrate July 4th with a bike parade, kids’ zone, music, dancers, food vendors and more!

Freedom Fest

  • Location: Unicoi Elementary School, Unicoi, TN
  • Date: July 4, 2021
  • Cost: FREE

This fantastic July 4th event boasts live music, food vendors, games, and an amazing fireworks show!

An Old Fashioned July 4th

  • Location: Rock Mount State Historic Site, Piney Flats, TN
  • Date: July 4, 2021
  • Cost: TBA

More details to follow.

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Independence on the Frontier

  • Location: Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 West Elk Avenue, Elizabethton, TN
  • Date: TBA 2021
  • Cost: FREE

This fun living history event depicts what life was like at Fort Watauga in the 18th century. The event includes a special reading of the declaration of Independence.

Watauga Lake Boat Parade & Fireworks

  • Location: Watauga Lakeshore Resort and Marina, Hampton, TN
  • Date: TBA 2021
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy an exciting boat parade in the afternoon with tons of boats decorated for 4th of July. At night enjoy a stunning fireworks display and music.

Cove Ridge Marina Fireworks

  • Location: Cove Ridge Marina
  • Date: TBA 2021
  • Cost: FREE

Fireworks, music, and fun!

July 4th Celebration in the Park

  • Location: 210 Old South Church St, Mountain City, TN
  • Date: TBA 2021
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy a parade, games, live music, food vendors, fireworks, and more! The parade will end at Ralph Stout Park, where the rest of the festivities will take place.

Red White and Boom 4 Mile Race

  • Location: 100 E Church Circle, Kingsport, TN
  • Date: canceled 2021
  • Cost: $25 per entry

Start your July 4th off right with a little healthy competition. The race will finish at Broad Street United Methodist Church, where runners and their families will receive a free pancake breakfast.

What to Bring

  • Bring camp chairs or a picnic blanket for sitting.
  • Carry some cash, because some vendors still don’t accept cards.
  • Don’t forget child-sized ear protection for the babies in your life
  • If allowed by the venue, bring some extra bottled water, because it’s gonna be hot y’all!
  • Bring a canopy for shade, but don’t forget to take it down before the main event, so everyone can enjoy the view.

What Not to Bring

  • Please leave your dogs at home. Many dogs get scared, run off, and get lost or hit by cars during firework events each year.

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