July 3 – Fireball Moonlit Classic 5K
Neyland Drive (east and west lanes) between Joe Johnson and Walnut will be closed from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
July 4 – Housetops 4 Haiti 4 Miler
Neyland Drive (east and west lanes) between Joe Johnson and Walnut will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
July 4 – Festival on the Fourth
Clinch Ave between Henley Street and 11th Street will be closed from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
World’s Fair Park Drive between Clinch Avenue and Grand Avenue will be closed from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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Summertime always brings a slate of events and festivals, and few are as inviting as the City of Knoxville’s Festival on the 4th at World’s Fair Park. As always, this year’s festival will take place rain or shine.
The free festival will kick off at 4 p.m. and will end with a fireworks show at 9:35 p.m. This year’s festival is presented by OneMain Financial and will feature activities such as fun rides, face painting, children’s inflatables and a competition between the Knoxville Fire Department and the Fraternal Order of Police.
The Regal Star-Spangled Kids Zone will host the free face painting station as well as balloon fun and live entertainment performances by Elaine Graham with Balloonacy. EarthFare will be offering healthy snacks and Kroger will be providing free watermelon. Families can enjoy the giant slide and paddleboat rides on the Lazy River. From 4 until 7:30 p.m., the WDVX stage (located on the Festival lawn) will feature performances by Sean McCollough and the Kid Stuff Band, Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere and the Dale Ann Bradley Band. Several other surprises will be in store for Festival goers as the day progresses.
At 8 p.m., the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will begin its Pilot Flying J Free Independence Day Concert on the Performance Lawn at World’s Fair Park. The two-hour show features the KSO performing a mix of patriotic and Americana pieces. Conducted by KSO Musical Director Lucas Richman, this medley will be the perfect accompaniment to the fireworks spectacular.
Festival on the Fourth will also have vendors selling an array of foods. There is free parking at World’s Fair and Blackstock Parking Lots, 11th Street, Locust Street, State Street and Market Square Garages. ADA Parking is available at Fort Kid Parking Lot. No pets or alcohol will be allowed; and tents or tent canopies are prohibited.
In the event of severe weather, the City has a weather plan in place, and weather updates and information will be provided on the Festival’s large video screens. For more information about the Festival including weather updates, see http://www.cityofknoxville.org/events/4th/.