What To Do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in July 2024

The 4th of July holiday is the big attraction this month, with lots of celebrations in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and nearby towns.  There’s so much to do, many holiday events even start on July 3rd!  

There’s also plenty to do all month long. From patriotic celebrations to unique festivals, here’s a roundup of special events that will captivate tourists. 

Gatlinburg's midnight 4th of July parade

Tennessee Smokies Independence Day Celebration

Dates: July 3
Location: Smokies Stadium, Kodak TN
Description: Just a 45-minute drive from Gatlinburg is Smokies Stadium, home of the local Double-A baseball team, which features a great  Independence Day Celebration at Smokies Stadium on Wednesday, 3 July. The evening includes a thrilling baseball game, followed by one of the most impressive fireworks displays in the region. It’s a perfect blend of America’s favorite pastime and patriotic celebration.

Gatlinburg’s Fourth of July Midnight Parade

Dates: July 3 (Starts midnight)
Location: Downtown Gatlinburg
Description: Kicking off at the stroke of midnight on July 3rd, Gatlinburg’s Fourth of July Midnight Parade is a one-of-a-kind celebration that draws thousands of spectators. This annual event is renowned for its elaborate floats, spirited marching bands, and an atmosphere brimming with patriotism. Visitors can expect a spectacular display of creativity and community pride as the parade winds through the charming streets of downtown Gatlinburg.

Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival

Dates: July 4
Location: Patriot Park, Pigeon Forge
Description: The Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival is a beloved tradition that offers a full day of family-friendly fun. Starting in the afternoon, the event features live music headlined by three-time Grammy-nominated country music star Joe Nichols, food vendors, and activities for kids. The event culminates with a grand fireworks display that lights up the sky in a dazzling tribute to Independence Day. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the festivities in beautiful Patriot Park.

Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta

Dates: July 4
Location: Little Pigeon River, Gatlinburg
Description: The Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta is a fun and quirky race for unmanned floatables down the Little Pigeon River. Participants can enter their own homemade crafts, and prizes are awarded in several categories. It’s a delightful event for spectators and participants alike, adding a splash of excitement to the Fourth of July celebrations.

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales

Dates: July 1-31
Location: Downtown Gatlinburg
Description: Throughout July, the streets of Gatlinburg come alive with the sounds and stories of Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales. This summer-long event features costumed performers portraying characters from the region’s past, sharing music, folklore, and traditional mountain crafts. It’s an immersive way to experience the culture and history of the Smokies, perfect for visitors of all ages.

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

Dates: July 12-21
Location: Gatlinburg Convention Center
Description: Celebrating its 49th year, the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is a must-visit for art and craft enthusiasts. Over 180 artisans from across the country come together to display and sell their handmade items, ranging from pottery and paintings to jewelry and woodworking. Live music and craft demonstrations add to the fair’s appeal, making it a highlight of the summer season in Gatlinburg.

Free Parkway Trolley

Dates: June 16-August 11
Location: Parkway in Gatlinburg
Description: Running through early August, the Free Parkway Trolley offers a convenient and enjoyable way to explore Gatlinburg. The open-air trolley makes frequent stops along the Parkway, allowing visitors to hop on and off at their leisure. It’s a great way to take in the sights, shop, and dine without the hassle of parking.

Dollywood’s Summer Celebration

Dates: June 22-August 4
Location: Dollywood, Pigeon Forge
Description: Dollywood’s Summer Celebration is a high-energy event featuring extended park hours, nightly fireworks, and special entertainment. This year’s highlights include the “Gazillion Bubble Show” and the “Drone and Fireworks Show.” The celebration offers something for everyone, from thrilling rides to spectacular shows, ensuring a day of fun and excitement.

Gatlinburg Farmers Market

Dates: Every Saturday in July
Location: 849 Glades Road, Gatlinburg
Description: The Gatlinburg Farmers Market is held every Saturday morning, offering a variety of fresh, locally grown produce, homemade baked goods, and artisan crafts. It’s a wonderful way to support local farmers and artisans while enjoying the flavors of the Smoky Mountains. The market also features live music and family-friendly activities, making it a pleasant outing for visitors.

Plan Your Visit

July in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge is filled with events that showcase the unique charm and vibrant culture of the Smoky Mountains. From patriotic parades and fireworks to craft fairs and music festivals, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a returning guest, these events offer a perfect blend of entertainment and community spirit, ensuring a memorable summer getaway.

About Tony Perez

I'm a people person, and I enjoy the atmosphere that working with Cabins Of The Smoky Mountains entails, interacting with different types of people and trying to relate to each one uniquely. From Michigan originally, I've been coming to the Smoky Mountains since I was a child, with family in Wears Valley. Summer fun for me is exploring the Cades Cove area, swimming in the creeks, and hiking Mount LeConte and many other trails. I love the Smoky Mountains.