Celebrate America’s Heroes at the Gatlinburg Midnight Independence Day Parade

People writing USA in sparklers

Of course, every day is a great day to be an American, but July 4th might be the most fun! With fireworks and barbecues, Independence Day celebrations are the highlight of the summer. In addition to all of the entertainment and food, it is important that we remember the incredible sacrifices people have made to keep America safe and free.

The Gatlinburg Midnight Independence Day Parade celebrates the fun of July 4th while also honoring America’s veterans and other heroes. This year’s parade will feature the 572nd U.S. Air Force Band and members of all military branches.

(See Related: Your Guide to the 2014 Pigeon Forge July 4th Patriot Festival)

Special Guest Heath Calhoun

Also joining the parade is Wounded Warrior and paralympic athlete Heath Calhoun. After being injured while serving in Iraq in 2003, Calhoun joined the Wounded Warrior program, and eventually went on to represent the U.S. in two winter olympic games. He will be the Grand Marshal on the Rocky Top Sports World float.

Gatlinburg July 4th Parade Route

The Gatlinburg Midnight Independence Day Parade will begin at 12:00 a.m. on July 4th. The parade will start at traffic light #1a on East Parkway and turn south onto Parkway at traffic light #3. The parade will end at Ski Mountain Road on traffic light #10.

Nearly 100,000 people are expected to be in attendance to view this parade, and some will be bringing out their lawn chairs as early as 7 a.m on July 3rd! So, we definitely suggest coming early if you want a good view of the festivities.

Where to Stay

Timber Tops is just minutes away from the Gatlinburg July 4th parade! With our fantastic location, stellar amenities, and the very best customer service imaginable, we have everything you need for an unforgettable stay in the Smokies. Visit our Gatlinburg Cabins page to start planning your next vacation, or give us a call at 877-549-6775.