The First Independence Day Parade in the Nation

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July 4 @ 12:00 am - 10:00 pm

red white and blue fireworks in night sky

For 45 continuous years, Gatlinburg has been home to the first Independence Day parade in America. Stepping off at 12:01 am, this larger than life parade begins at traffic light #1A in Gatlinburg and ends at traffic light #10 at Ski Mountain Road. Due to the popularity of this event, parade-goers should get to the parade route the day before on July 3rd.

From first-hand experience, either be prepared to wait or stake out your spot early. I’ve been in Gatlinburg on July 3rd and parade goers claim their spots as early as 7:00 am!


Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau
(865) 436-4178
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Downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee
628 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738 United States
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