No other town in America celebrates the 4th of July like Gatlinburg! For over 45 years, Gatlinburg has kicked off the holiday with the 4th of July Midnight Parade starting at at Midnight on July 4.
This is a unique and electrifying way to celebrate America's independence. As the clock strikes midnight on Independence
Day, Gatlinburg comes alive with a dazzling parade featuring illuminated floats, patriotic displays, marching bands, and vibrant characters. It's a one-of-a-kind experience that sets the night sky ablaze with color and excitement, making it a must-see event for families, locals, and visitors alike. The fun begins days in advance when guest set out their camping chairs along the one mile parade route stretching from Baskins Creek Bypass on East Parkway, to traffic light #10 at Ski Mountain Road. Gathering along the parade route, you'll feel the collective spirit of patriotism and the joyous anticipation of the grand fireworks display that follows. The Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade is not just a spectacle; it's a memorable and heartwarming way to kick off your Fourth of July celebration in the Great Smoky Mountains.
National Geographic Traveler Magazine named this parade as a “Top Ten Parade to see in the US” and recognized by Livability.com as one of the “Five Best Fourth of July Celebrations in Smaller Cities.”