Gatlinburg gears up to be summer destination

summer in gatlinburgGATLINBURG (press release)—This summer, visitors will have the chance to spend their evenings enjoying live entertainment, attending award-winning Independence Day festivities or getting a firsthand look at items hand-crafted for generations in Gatlinburg.

Gatlinburg’s award-winning 4th of July Midnight Parade is the first Independence Day parade held in the country and has garnered much national attention and award recognition for excellence in entertainment. For 40 years, the parade has honored U.S. military veterans and heroes with this classic, small town American parade. The parade steps off at the stroke of midnight July 4 with the Army Band from the 129th Army National Guard Unit performing Friday night leading up to the parade. The following night, a 20-minute fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m. July 4 near traffic lights #3 and #5.

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales is truly a Gatlinburg experience. Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance event featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying characters from time periods as far back as 1800 6 p.m. every night June 12-Aug. 1.

Arts, crafts and music lovers can explore more than 150 booths filled with work from America’s largest group of independent artisans at the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair July 17-26 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Artists and craftsmen will demonstrate their skills, answer questions and sell their fine works of art. Live country and bluegrass music will also be on site.

Free, open-air trolley rides will be available 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 13-Aug.15. The shuttle service will extend from traffic light #1 at the north end of town to light #10.

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