Independence Day: Fourth of July celebrations across the Tri-Cities


TRI-CITIES (WJHL) — The Fourth of July next weekend calls for a handful of celebrations across the Tri-Cities region.

News Channel 11 has compiled a list of celebrations in different communities ahead of the festivities.


The Blountville Ruritan Annual Independence Day Parade will kick off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 3 in downtown Historic Blountville.

It will begin at Oak Street / Keystone Drive and end at the old Sullivan County Courthouse.

Other events include a cornhole tournament, Whiskey Throttle, food trucks, craft vendors, and kids festivities at Observation Knob Park. These festivities will start on Friday, Saturday 2.

The complete schedule is as follows:

  • July 2 at 5 p.m. — food trucks and craft vendors through July 3 at noon
  • July 2 at 6:30 p.m. — Whiskey Throttle at Observation Knob Stage
  • July 3 at noon — Cornhole tournament, food trucks and kids events at Observation Knob in front of the stage. It’s $40 per two-man team. Register by emailing or register on the day of the event
  • July 3 at 1 p.m. — Kids events
  • July 3 at 6:30 p.m. — Whiskey Throttle at Observation Knob Stage
  • July 3 at 9:45 p.m. — Fireworks Extravaganza

Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia

Believe in Bristol’s Independence Day celebrations will be packed with events and festivities on Sunday, July 4.

Although there will not be a fireworks show due to a lack of funding, Believe in Bristol plans to keep the celebration going with a parade at 5 p.m. on State Street.

A ceremony will follow at 6 p.m. at Cumberland Square Park, where veterans will be honored.

Activities include inflatables, eating contests, food and drinks and craft vendors.

At 7 p.m., Virginia Ground featuring Dave Eggar will take the stage at the Border Bash Summer Concert before a performance by Amythyst Kiah at 8:30 p.m.


The City of Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department announced it will host an Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 3 at Covered Bridge Park starting at 4 p.m.

Festivities will go as follows:

  • Patriotic Bike Parade — 4 p.m. Participants are encouraged to deck out their bike, scooter, wagon, or any other non-motorized vehicle for a ride through the park.
  • Patriotic Pup Parade — 4:30 p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m. and is free.
  • Little Miss Firecracker Pageant — 5 p.m. Pre-registration is required an ongoing. Applications can be picked up at the Elizabethton Recreation Center or by calling Amy with Dancer’s Dreams Performing Arts Academy at 504-392-9138.
  • Dancer’s Dreams Performing Arts Academy — 6:15 p.m. Special performances from all age groups.
  • Patriotic Opening Ceremony — 6:45 p.m. This will include the raising of the flag, patriotic tributes and a special melody by Loretta Bowers.
  • Spank! The 80s — 7:30 p.m. The 80s band will perform a free concert.
  • Fireworks Finale — This will be after the 80s concert and is sponsored by Tour Carter County and the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce.

Celebration-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions will be available throughout the day.


With Jonesborough Days just around the corner, the summertime tradition will end with a bang on Sunday, July 4 at 10 p.m.

The show can be seen throughout the town limits, and Electric 94.9 partnered to air music synced with the light show.

Other festivities over the weekend in Jonesborough include the 2021 Jonesborough Days Parade on Saturday, July 3 at 10 a.m. This kicks off a weekend full of activities for the whole family, music, contest, festival food and vendors.


The Downtown Kingsport Association announced its fireworks extravaganza will launch on Saturday, July 3 after festivities from the Twilight Alive stage on Broad Street starting at 7 p.m.

Live performances include Dang Gina Unplugged, followed by headliner Smokey Jones and the 3 Dollar Pistols.

Folks can also expect specials from surrounding shops and eateries.

Town of Unicoi

The Unicoi Freedom Fest is set to light up the sky on the Fourth of July, kicking off with a concert before the fireworks finale.

The event, presented by Jones and Church Farms, launches Sunday, July 4 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Unicoi Elementary School located at 404 Massachusetts Ave.

It will offer an array of festivities — from live music and plenty of local eats.

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