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Whiz, bang, boom! Your guide to Independence Day celebrations

Valerie Lick • Jul 2, 2018 at 3:45 PM

KINGSPORT — Across Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, communities are gearing up for spectacular Independence Day celebrations. With local events featuring live music, food vendors, games and fireworks, there’s something for everyone on the Fourth. Unless otherwise noted, all Independence Day celebrations are free.

BLOUNTVILLE

What: Blountville Ruritan’s annual Independence Day Parade

When: 2 p.m.

Where: Keystone Drive, proceeding toward the courthouse

ELIZABETHTON

What: Independence Day Celebration

Featuring: Patriotic opening ceremony, pageant, Retroville, bike and pup parades, live music

When: Event begins at 10 a.m. with patriotic opening ceremony at noon

Where: Covered Bridge Park (E. Elk Avenue)

ERWIN

What: Independence Day Celebration, Veterans Parade

Featuring: hot dog roast, shuttle service for veterans

When: 10:30 a.m.

Where: Main Street

JOHNSON CITY

What: 33rd annual Pepsi Independence Day Fireworks Celebration

Featuring: food and craft booths, children’s games, live music, prize drawings

When: Event begins at 5 p.m. Fireworks show begins at 9:55 p.m.

Where: Freedom Hall Civic Center

KINGSPORT

What: Mack Riddle American Legion Parade, Downtown Kingsport Fourth of July Celebration

Featuring: food vendors, live music

When: Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Celebration starts at 5 p.m. with live music at 7:30 and fireworks at 9:45

Where: Parade runs from the Renaissance Center down Center Street, ending at Memorial Park. Celebration is on Broad Street

ROGERSVILLE

What: Fourth of July Celebration, fireworks show

Featuring: free swimming at the city pool, basketball tournament, Kids’ Zone, live music

When: Tournament at 9 a.m. Parade at 11 a.m. Pool opens at 12:00 a.m. Celebration at 1 p.m. Fireworks at 10:00.

Where: Parade runs from Rogersville Middle School to NAPA Autoparts. Celebration and fireworks at Rogersville City Park

UNICOI

What: Freedom Festival, fireworks show

Featuring: Food, live music

Where: Unicoi Elementary School ball field (404 Massachusetts Ave.)

When: Festival begins at 5 p.m., fireworks at 10.

BIG STONE GAP

What: Fourth of July Extravaganza

Featuring: Cornhole tournament, live music, food trucks, beer garden, train rides

Where: Visitors Center, Bullitt Park

When: Activities at Visitors Center run 8 a.m.-noon. Extravaganza at Bullitt Park starts at 3 p.m. with fireworks at dark.

Cost: $5 admission to Bullitt Park

GREENEVILLE

What: American Downtown Fourth of July Celebration

Featuring: Kids’ Zone, live music and dance, hot dog eating contest with cash prizes

Where: Parade from Towne Square Shopping Center to Greeneville High School. Celebration at Big Spring area

When: Parade starts the celebration at 2 p.m. Fireworks at 10

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