What you do think of when you hear fireworks, parades and┬ábarbecues┬áall in one sentence? Why, the Fourth of July of course! The fourth is just over a week away and here in Gatlinburg, we are already getting ready. Lawn chairs? check. American flag to wave? check. Friends and family to share this wonderful holiday with? Double check! Sure, most towns and cities have a Fourth of July parade that goes through town – but do their parades start at┬ámidnight like ours does!
Every year the quaint mountain town of Gatlinburg gears up for its famous Fourth of July Midnight Parade. This year will be the 36th anniversary of this unique event that now draws thousands of people from across the country. In fact, it is the ONLY midnight parade in the country that kicks off the festivities for the Fourth of July. Since the event has become so popular, you will want to set up your spot along the parade route early. Some people will set up their lawn chairs as early as 7 in the morning!
From your luxury Gatlinburg┬ácabin rental, the parade route along the Parkway is a short drive. If you want to make this a four-star event, we recommend getting to downtown Gatlinburg early, taking a stroll around the Parkway, sit down for a delicious dinner and then get ready to watch the parade at midnight. You can also participate in the pre-game festivities arranged by the City of Gatlinburg. ┬áFeaturing musical acts like the Dixieland Band, the Brass Quintet and the Rock Band, all playing at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza starting at 10 a.m. on July 3rd.
If you are like most people, you will be pretty jazzed up after watching the midnight parade. However, if you can manage to drag yourself out of bed on the fourth, you can take part in the River Raft Regatta, an event that helps raise funds for local charities. Simply enter any type of small device that floats and watch it join hundreds of other items make their way down the Pigeon River. The first items to cross the finish line win!
The great thing about staying at the Elk Springs Resort Gatlinburg Cabins for the Fourth of July weekend is that you can spend your holiday any way you wish. You can go for a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, cook up a massive BBQ on your very own porch overlooking the mountains or ┬ájoin in the festivities downtown. No matter what you pick, we believe that you will not only enjoy your weekend away, but you will soon find yourself calling the Elk Springs Resort for more vacations in the future.