Independence Day is the perfect time to explore the beauty and adventures that the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer. With its picturesque landscapes and an array of activities, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a roundup of the top things to do on July 4th in the Smoky Mountains:
1. Tubing and Rafting at Smoky Mountain River Rat
Kick off your July 4th with a splash at Smoky Mountain River Rat! Whether you’re seeking a leisurely float down the Little River with tubing in Townsend or a heart-pounding whitewater adventure in Hartford, this is the ultimate way to cool off. Both have adventure options for ages 3+, so pack swim shoes for everyone in the family.
At River Rat Tubing, one wristband gives you access to two tubing routes – which you can enjoy once or all day long until the last float time of the day. Don’t forget our amazing Riverside Cabana Rentals!
With River Rat Whitewater Rafting’s highly trained guides and top-notch equipment, you can immerse yourself in the pristine waters surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains. Don’t forget to book early to secure your spot on the river!
2. Gatlinburg’s Fourth of July Midnight Parade
Experience the nation’s first parade, which kicks off at 12:01 am on July 4th in Gatlinburg. This popular event features a spectacular array of floats, balloons, and bands. It’s a unique way to welcome Independence Day, and people line the streets hours before the parade begins to get the perfect viewing spot.
3. Fireworks Finale in Gatlinburg
Complete your day with a fireworks show in Gatlinburg, TN. The sky lights up with a mesmerizing display of colors, and it’s a sight you don’t want to miss. Be sure to arrive early to find a good viewing spot, and don’t forget your camera!
4. Visit Dollywood
Celebrate Independence Day with a visit to Dollywood, where you can enjoy rides, shows, and traditional American food. Dollywood also hosts a nightly drone show during the summer called Summer Nights, adding an extra touch of magic to your July 4th celebrations.
5. Outdoor Adventures
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an adventurer’s paradise. Take a hike on one of the many trails, go horseback riding, or try out fishing in the park’s streams. The scenic beauty is unmatched and is an ideal way to spend a day in nature.
6. Patriotic Festival at Patriot Park
Head over to Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge for the annual Patriot Festival. Enjoy live music, delicious food, and family-friendly activities. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and relax while waiting for the evening fireworks.
This July 4th, make the most of your time in the Great Smoky Mountains. Whether you’re cooling off with tubing and rafting at Smoky Mountain River Rat, taking in a parade, or relaxing in the great outdoors, the Smokies offer an unforgettable holiday experience. Happy Independence Day!