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45th Annual

4th of July Midnight Parade

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Friday, July 3, 2020
11:59 PM

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Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade
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Web: Gatlinburg.com

Email: Caleb Trentham, Event Manager

Mail: Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 527, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Phone: 865-277-8989

If you're interested in entering your band in the Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade, please request an application from Caleb Trentham at the contact info above.
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Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade Logo IMPORTANT NOTICE (May 5, 2020): Since 1976, Gatlinburg has entertained multiple generations of visitors with the only July 4th Midnight Parade in the Nation. In the interest of public health and safety, officials have made the hard decision to cancel this time-honored tradition for 2020. Over 45 years, the community parade has entertained tens of thousands of visitors and won many awards including being ranked one of the "Must See Parades in the Nation" by National Geographic Traveler.

"This is very disappointing for us, our participants and visitors. But in light of these unprecedented times, it is the right thing to do for everyone's health and well-being," said Mark Adams, President/CEO Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. "The City plans to create new, reimagined patriotic events that account for families who may still wish to celebrate the holiday with new healthy travel standards."


The Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade has a long tradition as the "First July Fourth Parade in the Nation." Units assemble on the evening of July 3rd and the parade steps off at the stroke of midnight to begin a full day of Independence Day festivities. Floats, balloons, military units and high school marching bands are part of the procession which pays tribute to our country and salutes the valiant men and women of our military services

The scenic 2-mile parade route travels along the Parkway in Downtown Gatlinburg, which is nestled in the foothills and surrounded on three sides by the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. Approximately 80,000 visitors attend the parade which has been listed as a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event.

Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade Photos Participating marching bands typically light their lead banner with battery-powered lights or spotlights. Some bands even maximize the nighttime setting by incorporating lighting effects on each performer.

The parade is organized by the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau Events Department, which is available to assist with lodging and suggested activities. Lodging is extremely limited during the event so it's best to make arrangements well in advance.

Recent Participants

Marching bands that have participated in the Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade in recent years include:

• 100th Army Band, Fort Knox, Kentucky
• 129th Army Band, Nashville, Tennessee
• Azalea Trail Maids, Mobile, Alabama
• "The Band" Marching Unit, Baltimore, Maryland
• Baltimore Entertainers Marching Band, Baltimore, Maryland
• Baltimore Twilighters Marching Band, Baltimore, Maryland
• Cotter High School Marching Band, Winona, Minnesota
• Lake City Tiger Marching Band, Lake City, Minnesota
• Litchfield High School Marching Band, Litchfield, Minnesota
• Mankato Area 77 Lancers Marching Band, Mankato, Minnesota
• New Edition Legacy Marching Band, Maryland
• USAF Honor Guard Marching Military Unit, Washington, D.C.

Related Events

Bands traveling to Gatlinburg for the 4th of July Midnight Parade can take advantage of educational and entertaining opportunities including:
  • Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
  • Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway
  • Dozens of family-friendly attractions including water parks, mini golf, ziplines and museums

Future Dates

Friday, July 3, 2020
Saturday, July 3, 2021
Sunday, July 3, 2022

For More Information

Web: Gatlinburg.com

Email: Caleb Trentham, Event Manager
Mail: Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 527, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Phone: 865-277-8989

If you're interested in entering your band in the Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade, please request an application from Caleb Trentham at the contact info above.