Top Picks for Things to Do in Gatlinburg in July

There’s always something exciting happening in the Great Smoky Mountains, and summertime in Gatlinburg is no different. For families staying in the area this summer, there’s too much to see and do in one vacation, so here are our top picks for things to do in Gatlinburg in July.  

Gatlinburg 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

We can’t have a list of the best things to do in Gatlinburg in July without mentioning the 4th of July. Each year, the town of Gatlinburg celebrates with the first Independence Day  parade in the nation at midnight on July 3rd.

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Honoring veterans and current military service members, the parade will be expected to bring in record crowds this year. The parade runs from traffic light 1A to traffic light 10, so visitors can line up along the Parkway along that route for the best views.

On the night of July 4th, a fireworks celebration will light up the Smokies starting around 10:00pm. Anyone with clear views of the sky in Gatlinburg can enjoy this spectacular lights show.

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales is summer-long performance event throughout downtown Gatlinburg. The event features storytellers, period performers, musicians and artisans. Performances are each night of the week through August 9 from 5:00pm-10:00pm on weekdays and 6:00pm-11:00pm on weekends.

There isn’t one set stage for this event, and you never know where you’ll find cloggers, singers or whittlers. So, explore downtown, and enjoy!

Gatlinburg Trolley Tours

The Gatlinburg trolley is offering free rides until August 17. This is one of the best ways to take a tour of the area, and you’ll be able to save money on parking as well.

Gatlinburg Trolley Routes: http://www.gatlinburgtrolley.org/routes

You can get anywhere in the Smokies with the Gatlinburg trolley, so, whether you just want to tour the Smokies or take in attractions and shows, this is the most affordable and enjoyable option available.

To enjoy July in Gatlinburg, your family will need a place to stay during the visit. Park Place Condos in Gatlinburg welcomes vacationers to stay in our comfortable condos. Conveniently located, guests can walk to many attractions, events and trolley stops.

Give us a call at (800) 321-5789 to start planning your stay in the Smokies.

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