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July 4th Events in and around Knoxville

Posted by Molly Gilbert on June 30, 2017
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All across the United States individuals and communities will be celebrating Independence Day on July 4th. Knoxville is no exception. A particularly patriotic community, Knoxville and the surrounding areas will offer residents and visitors myriad ways to celebrate the birth of the United States. From simple acknowledgements to day-long festivals, you’re certain to find the right kind of July 4th activities for you.

James White’s Fort: Reading of the Declaration of Independence

For a simple, earnest, and meaningful event, go to James White’s Fort between 10 and 11:30 a.m. on July 4th. There in the courtyard, the Knoxville Chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution and Children of the Revolution will host a reading of the Declaration of Independence, the little document that started the whole thing.

Mabry-Hazen Fourth of July Celebration

Another of Knoxville’s many historic homes, Mabry-Hazen House will offer a fine celebration of Independence day with food, music, and a prime spot for viewing the fireworks show. This event is limited in number, which means a smaller crowd for the evening. Starting at 6 p.m., visitors can tour the beautiful home. Food will be served beginning at 7:30. That’ll leave plenty of time to relax as you wait for the fireworks.

Museum of Appalachia July 4th Celebration and Anvil Shoot

A short drive from Knoxville, the Museum of Appalachia will offer a day-long celebration on July 4th. Capturing the feel of an old-time shindig, the Museum of Appalachia will offer music and plenty of food. The big draw, though, is the anvil shoot. Four times during the day anvils will fly into the air. This display has become the signature event of the July 4th celebrations, with bangs every bit as loud as a fireworks show, but with anvils flying high into the July sky.

Festival on the 4th at World’s Fair Park

Knoxville will be hosting the day’s biggest event at the World’s Fair Park. Come rain or shine, this free event will begin at 4 p.m. and will end after the grand fireworks display around 10 p.m. As always, Knoxville will be putting on a good time, with music, food, and fun for the whole family. The musical offerings will wrap up with a rousing performance by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra beginning at 8 p.m.

Do It All

Being a resident of Knoxville has its benefits. You could fairly easily attend each of these events throughout the day. What a great place to live!

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