“No other city is as Patriotic as Gatlinburg during the 4th of July as we celebrate in a big way by hosting the very first Independence Day Parade in the nation with the legendary Harlem Globetrotters as the Grand Marshals of our 48th Annual July 4th Midnight Parade. This parade has been named a Top Ten Parade to see in the US by National Geographic Traveler Magazine and as one of the Five Best Fourth of July Celebrations in Smaller Cities by

This parade kicks off the holiday starting at 12:01 a.m. on July 4. The parade route begins at Baskins Creek Bypass on East Parkway at traffic light #3 and travels the length of downtown to traffic light #10 stretching over a mile. Gatlinburg’s Fourth of July parade will end at 10:00 PM finishing with spectacular fireworks display right in the heart of downtown. Don’t miss the meet and greet with the Harlem Globetrotters the day before the parade on July 3.

During his time, the streets of Gatlinburg are filled with Appalachian music from Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales and be sure to take advantage of our free Gatlinburg Trolley which runs daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

* Meet and Greet with the Harlem Globetrotters
* Gatlinburg’s Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade
* Gatlinburg’s Fireworks Finale
* Gatlinburg’s River Raft Regatta

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