Feeling patriotic? Fourth of July celebrations abound in the region

Rick Wagner • Jul 2, 2019 at 4:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Communities throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia are celebrating Independence Day with parades, fireworks, food and music. Some Fourth of July events are limited to Thursday, while others last multiple days. Here’s a rundown of some of the offerings:


The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce will host the Mack Riddle American Legion 66th Annual Independence Day Parade starting at 10 a.m. on July 4. The parade is presented by Creekside Behavioral Health. It will start in front of the Kingsport Renaissance Center on Center Street and end in front of the Kingsport Veterans Memorial on Fort Henry Drive. In the evening, on Broad Street in downtown Kingsport, live music starts at 7 p.m. with the Benny Wilson Band and Ivy Road. Fireworks are set for around 9:45 p.m.p.m., shot from the Cement Hill area downtown.


The Blountville Ruritan Independence Day Parade starts at 2 p.m. Parade participants will line up at Keystone Drive/Oak Street beginning at 1 pm. The parade route will continue down state Route 126, ending at the Sullivan County Courthouse. Participants are asked to have an Independence Day theme on their entries.


In Rogersville, the day’s events start with the 9 a.m. Firecracker 3-ON-3 Basketball Tournament, followed by the 10 a.m. parade starting at Rogersville Middle School and ending at NAPA Auto Parts. For more on other events, go to the Fourth of July Committee Facebook page. At 5:30 p.m., City Park will have opening ceremonies, followed by the 6 p.m. Andrea Davidson opening act and the 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bulls Gap performance and 10 p.m. fireworks.


The 49th annual Jonesborough Days in Tennessee’s oldest town is a three-day event, July 4-6. It will kick off with a 10 a.m. parade on Thursday, set to march downtown with floats and patriotic music. At 2 p.m. on Thursday is a free Watermelon Social until it’s all gone. Fireworks will be at 10 p.m. Events continue Friday and Saturday, including a dog costume contest, a Low Country Shrimp Boil and craft sales. 


Fourth of July events at Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield include a 10 a.m. Stock Creek Passage during which folks may view the tunnel from the inside out. The strenuous walk will include crossing boulders and rocks, just like the early adventurers. Pre-registration is required. For more information on age requirements and prices, contact the park office at (276) 940-2674. Meet at the Stock Creek Interpretive Center. At 8:30 p.m., the Into the Night Hike will allow participants to join the interpreters on a guided walk in the woods and “discover what wildlife stirs among us.”


The Dungannon Fourth of July celebration will include a breakfast at the Lodge beginning at 8 a.m. The parade will line up beside Black Diamond at 10:30 a.m. and begin at 11 a.m. A car show will start at noon beside Osborne’s Hardware, and from noon to 3 p.m. a $5 wristband will admit children to the “Kids Fun Zone.” Also, a corn hole tournament at 1 p.m. at the stage will be $10 per person or $20 per team. From 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. is bingo in the Depot, and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. is a cake walk in the Depot. Kaitlyn Baker will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Main Stage in the town square, followed by a 9:30 p.m. fireworks display at Dungannon Intermediate School.


The Fourth of July Extravaganza in Big Stone Gap will begin with an 8 a.m. pancake breakfast at the Visitor Center, 306 Wood Ave. E. — as well as the Freedom 5K, a parade downtown, a corn hole tournament, food trucks, and music starting at 4 p.m. The lineup at Bullitt Park includes: JAM Kids, Shawn Stone Band, 49 Winchester, Kudzu Killers and Tuesday’s Gone, a Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band. Tickets are $5, 12 and younger free.


Bristol's Star-Spangled Fourth of July Celebration starts with a 4 p.m. parade lineup on Morrison Boulevard and the parade along State Street starting at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., events in Cumberland Square Park kick off, including a 6:30 p.m. special recognition of all veterans. At 7 p.m. will be the Great American Lions Club Rubber Duck Race at Cumberland Square Park/Beaver Creek Basin, followed by the 8 p.m. Border Bash Concert with The Cleverlys and finishing up with a 10 p.m. fireworks show.


The 34th Annual Pepsi Independence Day Celebration will occur on the grounds of Freedom Hall Civic Center starting at 5 p.m. with food, craft booths and children’s games and music from radio disc jockeys from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Musical acts and prize drawings continue throughout the evening, with fireworks scheduled to begin at 9:55 p.m.  Entertainment will then resume on stage with Southern Rebellion.


The South Holston Fireworks Extravaganza is set for Saturday, July 6. Festivities will start at Sullivan County’s Observation Knob Park at noon with food vendors and other activities, followed by a James Meadow concert at 7 p.m. The grand finale will be the Fireworks Extravaganza, which will begin at dark, or approximately 9:50 p.m.


The City of Norton will hold its Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 6. In celebration of the city's 125th anniversary, this year's Independence Day Fireworks Show will be the city's largest ever. Fireworks will start at about 9:50 p.m. Other activities will include an Independence Day Parade at 7 p.m.


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