Festival on the 4th returns after COVID hiatus

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Fireworks light up the sky in Word's Fair Park as part of the City's annual Festival on the 4th celebration. Photo via City of Knoxville.

If you’re still looking for Independence Day plans, the City of Knoxville has announced that its Festival on the 4th celebration is returning to World’s Fair Park.

The party will kick off around 5 p.m with fireworks starting at 9:40 on Monday, July 4th. The light show in the sky will be launched from the Henley Street Bridge and organizers said the show will go on, rain or shine.

The celebration was called off entirely in 2020 and in 2021 it was split into a two-day event because of COVID-19 concerns. In May, however, City Council unanimously approved a resolution to fund the celebration to the tune of nearly $30,000 and organizers say it’s back to business-as-usual for the annual celebration.

“It has been so much fun planning this year’s festival,” says Office of Special Events Director Kyndra Brewer. “It is a night to create memories with your family and friends.”

In addition to the fireworks show, the festival is set to include a host of food, fun and activities. 

Organizers said there will be food trucks, free games, water balloon fights, paddle boats, and live music. 

Musical performances will start at 5 p.m. with Jenna Rose, followed by 80’s cover band The Vibraslap. A musical finale by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will accompany the firework display.

Attendance is free, and there will also be free parking available at the World’s Fair and Blackstock Parking Lots as well as the 11th Street, Locust Street, Walnut Street, State Street, and Market Square Garages. Handicapped accessible parking will be available at the 11th Street Garage.

Organizers ask that pets and alcohol be left at home, but picnic blankets and lawn chairs are advised for sitting on the lawn to watch the concert and fireworks. Tents and canopies are not permitted, but attendees are advised to bring sunscreen and a water bottle. Water stations will be available for everyone to use.

If you’d like to RSVP or share event information with friends, organizers are encouraging guests to utilize the event’s page on social media.

Published on June 21, 2022.