Independence Day festivities in the region

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Clinton’s July 4 celebration will begin at 5 p.m. on Charles Seivers Boulevard and culminate with fireworks at 10 p.m. The Backyard Bouncers will have a 68-foot obstacle course, three-lane waterslide, bungee run and more. Kids can also participate in a free round of laser tag. Food vendors, live entertainment and antique cars will be among the other features, along with a cornhole tournament beginning at 7 p.m. Registration begins at 6 p.m. For information, 865-457-0642.


Deerfield Resort will be hosting its eighth annual Firecracker 5k, beginning 8:30 a.m. on July 5. Money from the 5k benefits the Friends of Norris Lake Scholarship, awarded to a Campbell County High School graduate selected by counselor Katherine Ayers. This year’s recipient is Zack Rivera, who will attend the University of South Florida. The entry fee for the 5k is $25. Starting the moment Rivera lights a firecracker, the 5k begins and ends at the parking lot of Deerfield Resort. There will be prizes for the top three male and female participants.


Huntsville Fire Department firefighters will host an Independence Day Festival on the Courthouse Mall in Huntsville, July 3 and 4. The Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast will be followed by the annual Fourth of July parade at 11 a.m. Local musicians, carnival rides and games will also be featured at the festival. The fireworks display begins at 10 p.m. July 4. For information, 663-3471.


The town of Jellico’s Fourth of July celebration will be July 4-5 at Veterans Park. There is a $25 charge for both days. On July 4, ice cream- and watermelon-eating contests begin at 1 p.m. Winners will receive $10 gift cards. Jellico Community Theater will begin a string of performances at 3 p.m., July 4 with the Todd Nance Family, Eden’s Way, Kevin Craft & Friends and The Shine Effect in a lineup that will play until 10 p.m. when the fireworks begin. On July 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Little Miss and Mr. Firecracker Pageant will begin with The Bogg in the Frogg at noon. Those participating in the mud-bogging event must wear a helmet and pay $15 to enter for a chance to win first-, second- and third-place trophies. There will then be another lineup of performances from artists performing until 7 p.m. New Harvest is slated to perform from 1 to 3 p.m.; Steve Curtin, 3 to 4 p.m.; Seal of Silence, 4 to 6 p.m. and Lonnie King, 6 to 7 p.m.


Knoxville’s Festival on the Fourth is a free event from 4 to 10 p.m. at World’s Fair Park. Parking at all city garages is free. On the schedule are family-friendly amenities from a kids’ slide and train rides to face-painting, ballgames, balloons and more. Vendors will also be available with food and beverages available to purchase. At 4 p.m., the Coveralls Band will pay tribute to the 1980s. At 5:45 p.m., there will be a tug-of-war between the Knoxville police and fire departments. At 6:15 p.m., the Brad Blackwell Band will perform pop music with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra to follow at 8 p.m. The fireworks show is set to begin at 9:35 p.m. For information, visit worldsfairpark.org.

Knoxville Zoo will salute service members with free admission from July 4-6. Active service personnel are eligible for free admission, including active duty military and members of the National Guard, police and fire departments, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, military and civilian service veterans. Valid identification is required.


An old-fashioned lemonade stand will be erected July 4 at Inman’s Transmission Service, 105 S. 8th St., LaFollette. Emma Franklin’s lemonade stand will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All donations will go directly to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

Campbell County Senior Citizens Center will celebrate Independence Day on July 3. There will be a $5 charge per person. Doors and snack bar open at 5 p.m. There will be a $25 door prize and live music from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

The city of LaFollette’s fireworks show will be on July 4 at dusk at Roane State Community College, 201 Independence Lane.


Norris’ July 4 Celebration and Anvil Shoot will be at the Museum of Appalachia. Historic anvil shoots will be one of several demonstrations, along with traditional mountain arts and crafts.

Bluegrass, old-time and folk music will be played on cabin porches and in the log church with hymn singing and church services conducted. Music and more can be found throughout the 65 acres of the farm and village complex. For information, 865-494-7680 or museumofappalachia.org.

Norris Lake

July 4

Deerfield Cove Marina will host a DJ at Tiki Club beginning 7 p.m. on July 4.

Norris Landing Marina, Tazewell, has Whiskey & Wood scheduled to perform from 7 to 10:30 p.m. on July 4.

Kitty Wampus is set to perform at 7 p.m. at Twin Cove Resort and Marina, near Caryville. There will be a beer special from 3 to 6 p.m., July 4. Funnel cakes and cheesecake will be sold.

July 5

On July 5, Deerfield Cove Marina will host a beach party with games and prizes, from 1 to 3 p.m.; a DJ is set to perform from 7 to 11 p.m.

Stardust Marina, Andersonville, will have Kitty Wampus performing at 6 p.m.

Norris Landing Marina, Tazewell, will have Plowd performing from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

Twin Cove Resort and Marina, near Caryville, will host 20TN at 7 p.m.

Whitman Hollow Marina has One Foot Down set to perform at 7 p.m.

Flat Hollow Marina, Speedwell, will have entertainment and karaoke from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Bubba Brew’s Sports Pub & Grill, Maynardville, has The Fairview Union set to perform at 8 p.m. There will be a fireworks display at dusk.

Rocky Top

The city of Rocky Top’s inaugural Fourth of July celebration will be at the George Templin Memorial Ball Field downtown, beginning with a prayer on the pitcher’s mound at 9:45 a.m and little league baseball games to follow until 3 p.m.

Hotdog-eating and cookie-tasting contests will follow with a time capsule opening and dedication prayer by Dr. Curtis Sexton. Inflatables will be on site.

From 4 to 9:45 p.m., live musicians, such as Shain Vowell as Elvis and the Parrott Brothers Band, are set to perform. Following the music sets, “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America,” will be performed by local church members.

Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.

Contestants of the cookie contest must be local.

Only residents with a Rocky Top driver’s license or piece of mail for proof of residence qualify.

Bring the three best homemade cookies (one flavor) on a small, wrapped paper plate for the judges’ table. The winner’s photo, bio and recipe will be featured on cookie bags offered locally in Rocky Top through “Poppa C” food products.

The winner’s cookies will be marketed in Rocky Top exclusively for one year. All profits will be donated to local schools.