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Knoxville Area 4th of July Celebrations 2012

How are you celebrating the 4th of July this year? Here are some family friendly events going on this week:

1. Knoxville’s Festival on the Fourth is a free event that begins at 2 p.m. with a Patriotic Bike Parade around World’s Fair Park. The Bike Parade is for ages 3-12 can decorate their bikes and enter. There will be a contest for the best decorated rider and best decorated bike for each age group. You can find the registration form here.
Starting at 8 p.m., the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will begin the 28th Annual Pilot Independence Day Concert on the World’s Fair Park’s Performance Lawn. The music will accompany the fireworks that begin at 9:35 p.m.

Free parking is available at World’s Fair & Blackstock Parking Lots, 11th Street, Locust Street, State Street & Market Square Garages – ADA Parking at Fort Kid Parking Lot. No pets, no coolers, no alcohol, no personal tents.

2. The Town of Farragut will host the 25th Annual Independence Day Parade on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The parade will begin on Kingston Pike at Lendon Welch Way (Farragut High School entrance) and continue to Boring Road, just east of Farragut Towne Square Shopping Center (old Ingles store site).

3. The Tennessee Smokies play at Smokies Park on the 4th of July beginning at 7:15 pm. There will be fireworks after the game!

4. Gatlinburg’s  37th annual Midnight Independence Day Parade starts at midnight July 3rd. Gatlinburg will also host a fireworks show beginning about an hour after dark on the 4th of July.

5. The Oak Ridge Community Band will perform its annual 4th of July concert at AK Bissell Park beginning at 7:30 p.m. . Oak Ridge’s fireworks are set to start at  10:00 p.m. on Wednesday July 4th.

If I missed your favorite please share in the comments. If you are looking for 4th of July celebrations anywhere in East Tennessee you can check out WBIR’s Guide to Fourth of July Events. You can search for 4th of July events by county!

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