Are you headed to the Smoky Mountains to celebrate Independence Day this year? Maybe you’re considering a long-weekend trip and need to know how and where to spend your time during your stay. Well look no farther! If you haven’t made plans yet, start by checking out our Smoky Mountain condo rentals - with 1-3 bedroom units available you can make it a romantic weekend for two or bring the whole family along and celebrate freedom together! Celebrating the 4th of July in the Smokies is an experience we promise you won’t want to miss out on, and here are 4 fun ways to spend your time during the 4th of July weekend:
1. Midnight Independence Day Parade
One of the unique things about celebrating the 4th in Gatlinburg is the opportunity to participate in our one-of-a-kind parade event that ushers in Independence Day in a way no other city does! Our midnight Independence Day parade - aptly dubbed the First Independence Day Parade in the Nation - begins in the Downtown streets as soon as the clock strikes 12, but you won’t want to wait until midnight to get in on the fun. Local parade-goers start lining the streets with camp chairs in the early evening on July 3rd, ensuring they’ll have the best view of the bands, dance crews, active and veteran military participants and parade floats. Our Smoky Mountain condo rentals are conveniently located just minutes from downtown which will ensure you’ll be able to hit the streets early and reserve your spot!
2. River Raft Regatta
Another 4th of July tradition in Gatlinburg is the River Raft Regatta. Tap into your creative side and enter this “anything floats” competition on the Little Pigeon River. The competition’s two categories - Trash (non-handmade floats) and Treasure (hand-made floats) - allow you to enter just about anything that’ll float and have the chance to win! Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the competition starts at noon at the Christ in the Smokies bridge - less than 10 minutes from our Smoky Mountain condo rentals - so, if you attended the midnight parade you’ll still have plenty of time to get up and at ‘em before the fun begins.
3. Chill by the Pool
If you’re looking for a more relaxing way to spend your 4th of July, plan to hit the pool at our condos! Perfect for kids and adults alike, you’ll be able to enjoy gorgeous views of the Smokies as you relax the day away poolside with your favorite drink in hand and let the worries of life float away.
4. Gatlinburg’s Fireworks Finale
No matter how you choose to spend the day on the 4th of July during your stay in our Smoky Mountain condos, you’ll never go wrong when you end the day with fireworks! Voted one of the top 20 events by the Southeast Tourism Society, you won’t want to miss Gatlinburg’s Fireworks Finale. Visible from the streets of downtown (traffic lights #3 and #5 have particularly great views), this 20-minute firework extravaganza begins at 10 p.m. and is the perfect patriotic ending to your Independence Day!Whether you’re looking for a relaxing long weekend away or a fun-filled vacation, spending July 4th in our Smoky Mountain condo rentals is a great choice! Our condos are located in the heart of Gatlinburg close to everything you’ll want to see and do, full of amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible and available at a budget-friendly price point. Check out our current specials and book your stay today!