The dramatic beauty of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park alone is a great reason to visit the area anytime of the year but the events schedule heats up for the month of July. What better way to spend the summer than taking in the excitement of some of the South’s best celebrations and festivals? Let’s explore a few of the top reasons to plan a July visit to Gatlinburg.
Things start off at the stroke of midnight on July 4th with our 37th annual Fourth Of July Parade in tribute to the men and women of our nation’s military. The parade boasts close to 100,000 spectators and features members of each branch of our armed forces, vintage military vehicles and much more. Be sure to arrive early as spectators start marking their spots in the early hours of July 3rd. This year’s parade is expected to be the best patriotic display yet. The next morning get to the Christ In The Smokies bridge on River Road at 10:00 and cheer on your favorite raft at the River Raft Regatta. Sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of The Smoky Mountains, anything floatable can be entered and trophies will be supplied by the Gatlinburg Recreation Department. Prizes will be awarded in several divisions including Hand-made Decorated, Floatable Object (no creativity), Small Entry, Oldest entry, Youngest Entry, Judges Choice (most unique) and Ripley’s Believe It or Not Entry. Finish the day with the brilliant fireworks finale at 10:00 Pm on the 4th as Gatlinburg lights up the mountain sky in what the Southeast Tourism Society has named a Top 20 Event.
Planning a trip later in the month? Be sure to plan some time to visit the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. Held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center July 20th-29th, admission is only $6.00 and includes the unique offerings of some of the nation’s most skilled craftsmen as well as live country and bluegrass musical entertainment each day. Two hundred booths will showcase one of a kind handmade products and the craftsmen will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate their unique skills. Each participant is subjected to a jury process to insure the individuality and quality of their products. Arts & Crafts are a huge part of Appalachian culture and this is a Smoky Mountain event not to be missed.
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales continues through July with musical performances, clogging and story telling all along the picturesque parkway in downtown Gatlinburg. Take a stroll, enjoy the amazing mountain backdrop, shop and enjoy the entertainment along the way. The city trolley will be free as well throughout the month if you would prefer a stress free ride through downtown with stops at numerous shops and attractions along the way.
With a wide variety of entertainment options throughout the month we invite you to come celebrate summer with us here in Gatlinburg. We offer a large selection of vacation rentals for you to choose from, why not start your planning by browsing the options here? When the time is right we are available to answer questions and help you to plan your perfect summer celebration in Gatlinburg. See ya soon!