Pigeon Forge to celebrate Independence at Patriot Park

fireworks-728413_640By Michael Williams

The City of Pigeon Forge will celebrate the nation’s 239th anniversary of its founding with a grand celebration at Patriot Park. It will feature a full day of live entertainment followed by a spectacular fireworks display. The festivities begin at noon on July 4 with live music taking the stage around 1:30 p.m.

Kicking off the entertainment is the cast of the Biblical Times Dinner Theater. This year marks the second consecutive year the cast of the award winning show has performed at the event. The cast includes Rachel Barnes, Ashley Jenkins, Benjamin Morelock, Blaine Sumler, Chris Seigler and Mary Courtney who will be performing gospel favorites.

Several other acts will perform, including Departure, a Journey tribute band which will be performing the hits of the legendary ‘70s and ‘80s supergroup. At 1 p.m., the Kids Carnival begins. Kids will love the free Kids’ Karnival zone with inflatables and games. Vendors from various charities, including the Boys and Girls Clubs, will be present selling foods, drinks, snacks and other treats along the midway to sate the appetites of attendees. Sample a rich variety of foods for sale by local organizations. From churches to scout troops, the city of Pigeon Forge has no shortage of great cooks who sell their local delicacies for the benefit of the local community while giving patrons a great place to discover the flavors of the Smoky Mountains.

Headlining the event is Diamond Rio. The band first springboarded to fame in 1991 with the hit “Meet in the Middle” which made them the only band in history to send a debut single to #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. “Meet in the Middle” was followed by 32 more charting singles throughout the band’s career, including four more that reached No. 1 including “How your love makes me feel,” “Beautiful mess,” “I believe” and the beautiful “One more day.”

Diamond Rio has recorded seven studio albums, two Greatest Hits compilations and an album of Christmas music. Three of the band’s albums have achieved RIAA platinum certification in the United States. In addition, the band has garnered four Group of the Year awards from the Country Music Association, two Top Vocal Group Awards from the Academy of Country Music and thirteen Grammy Award nominations.

The music ends at 9:30 p.m. followed by a dazzling array of fireworks that will light up the night sky with a spectrum of magnificent colors choreographed by patriotic music. The fireworks display is expected to conclude at 10 p.m.

Admission to the event is free. Organizers suggest that attendees bring sunscreen as the location is a very open and gets plenty of sun. In addition, attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating and an umbrella in the event of inclement weather.

Patriot Park is located on Old Mill Street at traffic light number 7 behind the historic Old Mill. Take advantage of the city parking lot on Teaster Lane with a trolley shuttle going to Patriot Park. For more information visit the website PigeonForgePatriotFestival.com.

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