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We skipped town for the weekend and headed to Gatlinburg over the 4th of July holiday. Not only did we get to see “the nation’s FIRST 2005 Fourth of July Parade” (which took place at 12:01 a.m. on Monday July 4th — really midnight of July 3rd)… ooooooohh! But we also got to witness “the nation’s LAST 2005 Fourth of July Fireworks Display” (which took place at 11:59 p.m. on Monday July 4th)… aaaaaahhh!
Both were just okay.
We arrived in downtown Gatlinburg at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 3rd… just 6 hours and one minute prior to the start of this world-renowned Fourth of July Parade.
We ended up driving out of town and back, and STILL found a decent spot from which to watch the entire parade from start to finish. (We perched ourselves on the top floor of a parking garage!)
Overall, the parade (while a good effort) lacked any interactive FUN things for kids such as clowns walking along and handing out candy, balloons, etc.
Suffice it to say, for a fireworks aficionado like me, I’ve seen better…
(…like at a Nashville Sounds baseball game, no less!)
The Final Verdict…
While Gatlinburg is a fun place to visit ANY time of the year, we would recommend choosing a weekend OTHER than the Fourth of July if you’re looking for an exciting parade and fireworks display next year.
We’ve been to Gatlinburg MANY times, and the crowd just didn’t seem like your typical out-of-town tourists this go around. Usually, Gatlinburg is filled with the outdoor-adventurist types, land-lovers and nature-seekers. But this time…
Well, to see what I mean, check back for the complete online video which we’ve affectionately titled, “Goofy Gatlinburg”!
We’ve Got Better Things To Do
Fortunately, we didn’t go to Gatlinburg for the parade OR the fireworks show…
We went to explore the abundance of backcountry roads throughout the Smoky Mountains.our new Jeep through its paces, both on-road and off, while traveling along some of the best-kept secrets of the Smokies.
You see, in and around Gatlinburg, Tennessee you can find some of the most scenic roads in the country — especially if you venture off the beaten path!
The “nation’s first” doesn’t necessarily mean the nation’s BEST!
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