July 2016 Events in Tennessee

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Smithville’s Fiddler’s Jamboree & Crafts Festival – July 1-2, Smithville
Experience various state and national championships, jam sessions, and juried craft exhibitors. CONTACT: (615) 597-8500, smithvillejamboree.com

12th Annual Independence Day Parade – July 3, Lancaster
Take part in the celebration of “One Nation Under God” as patriots from all over Middle Tennessee come to participate in Lancaster’s 12th annual Independence Day Parade beginning at 6 p.m. (line-up at 5 p.m.). Stay for Bluegrass on the Greens, a special concert performance of the 129th Army Band, great food and a spectacular fireworks show at dark thirty. Bring your lawn chairs and be a part of small town U.S.A. celebrating in a big way! CONTACT: (615) 683-6131, lancasterparade.org

Midnight Independence Day Parade – July 3, Gatlinburg
Don’t miss the “First July Fourth Parade of the Nation!” Festivities kick off at midnight July 3. Floats, balloons and marching bands pay tribute to our country. CONTACT: (865) 436-4178, gatlinburg.com

Music City July 4th Spectacular – July 4, Nashville
Nashville’s largest one-day party features live music, family activities, food and one of the nation’s best fireworks displays. CONTACT: (800) 657-6910, visitmusiccity.com

Freedom Festival – July 4, Selmer
Don’t miss this exciting event, which kicks of with a Fourth of July parade followed by music, food, family fun and an amazing fireworks show at 9 p.m. The event is held at Selmer City Park. CONTACT: (731) 645-3866, townofselmer.com

4th of July Fireworks Celebration – July 4, Centerville
Don’t miss this free event! Live music will begin at 6 p.m. with fireworks will start at 9 p.m. CONTACT: (931) 729-5300, hickmancountychamber.org

Town of Farragut Independence Day Parade – July 4, Farragut
The parade features a local celebrity as Grand Marshal, as well as the Farragut High School Band, floats, dancers, animals, antique cars and more. CONTACT: (865) 966-7057, townoffarragut.org

Hoffman Quilt & Doll Challenge – July 4-29, Jonesborough
Each year, top international entries are grouped into traveling collections, visiting shows throughout the United States and Canada. The display will be available for free and open to the public at the Jonesborough Visitors Center. CONTACT: (866) 401-4223, jonesborough.com

Uncle Dave Macon Days Old-Time Music Festival – July 8-9, Murfreesboro
This annual event honors the memory of Uncle Dave Macon, one of the first Grand Ole Opry superstars, with music, arts and crafts, food, storytelling, and competitions. CONTACT: (615) 893-2369, uncledavemacondays.com

7th Annual Tojo Creek Gourd Gala – July 9, Lebanon
Local gourd artists will display their art, provide demonstrations, and answer questions about gourds and gourd art. Some will be for sale. Admission is Free. The event is held at the Wilson County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CONTACT: (615) 330-5628, tojocreek.com

Summer Celebration Lawn and Gardening Show – July 14, Jackson
This event is a must for gardening enthusiasts! Enjoy a full day of garden talks, tours and demonstrations led by the region’s gardening experts. There’s also great shopping for unique plants and garden art. Admission is $5. CONTACT: (731) 425-4768, west.tennessee.edu/events/SummerCeleb.asp

Kingsport Fun Fest – July 15-23, Kingsport
The Kingsport Fun Fest features live concerts, children’s activities and hot air balloons making this family-friendly festival a must. CONTACT: (800) 743-5282, funfest.net

Summer Saturdays at the TN Agricultural Museum – July 16, 23, Nashville
Bring the family to this free event on two consecutive Saturdays in July. The events run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and this year’s topics include “Wild Wings & Creeping Things” and “Old MacDonald’s Farm.” CONTACT: (615) 837-5197, tnagmuseum.org

Celebration of Local Foods Farm to Fork Dinner – July 16, Cookeville
Enjoy a four-course dinner at Dogwood Park showcasing local food. Proceeds benefit Seed Fork of the Highlands, local 4-H and FFA clubs, and Teens Need Training. Tickets are $50 and will be on sale starting June 1. CONTACT: seedfork.org

Bedford County Fair – July 25-30, Shelbyville
Head to the 19th annual Bedford County Fair, held at the Bedford County Agriculture Center, for family fun for all ages. CONTACT: (931) 684-0239, bedfordcountytnfair.org

Milan No-Till Field Day – July 28, Milan
Learn about where Tennessee no-till farming all began. This UT AgResearch event is now a junction for producers with varied farming interests and is considered one of the most far-ranging agricultural field days in the nation. CONTACT: (731) 425-4768, milan.tennessee.edu

Grainger County Tomato Festival – July 28-31, Rutledge (pictured) 
Events include a Civil War encampment, arts and cultural exposition, tomato wars, entertainment, and more. CONTACT: (865) 828-3433, graingercountytomatofestival.com

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