Average Temp - 86 Degrees
July in Gatlinburg is especially festive. The weather is great for outdoor activities, the entire city is celebrating America's freedom, and the scenery is gorgeous. The mountains are painted green and spotted with blooming flowers. Enjoy a quiet hike along the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or take a stroll down the Parkway in town. You can cook out at your cabin and watch the fabulous fireworks at night. No matter what you do, you will definitely enjoy July in the Smokies. Here are a few of the things going on this month:
Things to Do Outside
Fourth of July Midnight Parade
July 3rd to July 4th
At the stroke of midnight leading up to the Fourth of July, Gatlinburg locals and visitors can gather in downtown Gatlinburg to celebrate our nation's birthday and say “Thank You” to the men and women of our military. The Fourth of July Midnight Parade, known as the “First July 4th parade in the nation,” is a great way to start off such an important and exciting day in our country.
Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
Lasting all summer long, the Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales festival is hosted by the Gatlinburg Department of Tourism. It features storytellers, artists, musicians and singers dressed in period clothing dating as far back as the 1800s. Adults and children will love the music, art and stories during the Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales.
“Stand Here” Fireworks Finale
At 10 pm on the Fourth of July, Gatlinburg will cap off a wonderful day of celebration with a stunning display of fireworks. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, this fireworks show is sure to impress. Arrive early to find the perfect spot and enjoy an amazing night of fun, family, friends and fireworks.
River Raft Regatta
Each year, Gatlinburg celebrates the Fourth of July with great food, fireworks, music and plenty of family-friendly games. One event during the celebration is the River Raft Regatta. Held by the Christ in the Smokies Bridge on River Road, this unmanned River Raft Regatta is a ton of fun. Anything that floats can be entered in the race, and there will be prizes for the top 3 in divisions such as Ripley's Believe It or Not, Oldest, Youngest, and Judge's Choice.
Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair
Art is one of the most essential parts of Gatlinburg's rich history. Artisans have been created handcrafted pieces, including quilts, pottery, ceramics, jewelry and wood carvings, for many years. At the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair this summer, meet some of the most talented artists from around the country and watch them demonstrate their skills. You can also buy any of their work, so you can take home some truly unique pieces.
Here are some great attractions to visit in July: