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Ready to enjoy the 4th of July? Here's how

Johnson City Press • Jul 3, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Don’t let your patriotism go untapped today. You have plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day in this area.

Want details? Here’s where to show off your stars and stripes:

Johnson City: Sponsored by Johnson City, Food City and Pepsi, Johnson City’s 34th annual Fourth of July celebration starts at 5 p.m. at Freedom Hall Civic Center. Live music, food, craft booths and more. Johnson City Transit will provide free bus service to the Freedom Hall grounds from Winged Deer Park and the corner of West State of Franklin and University Parkway on the East Tennessee State University campus. Returning rides will be begin at 10:20 p.m. following the fireworks. Attendees are asked to leave pets at home, and bring a clear bag. All bags will be subject to search; alcohol, fireworks and other incendiary devices are prohibited. 

Jonesborough: The Jonesborough Days Independence Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. Afterward, stick around for the rest of Jonesborough Days festivities, which will include live music, handmade local crafts, storytelling, and “much more.” Fireworks will kick off later this evening. The festival continues Friday and Saturday.

Elizabethton: The annual Patriotic Bike Parade takes place this afternoon. Children are invited to decorate their bikes or other non-motorized vehicles for a parade at Covered Bridge Park. Registration is free, and trophies will be awarded to winners. Parents are also invited to decorate and take a lap alongside their kids. Registration opens at 11 a.m. and the parade will begin around 12:30 p.m. The Elizabethton Twins will also be in action Thursday night, taking on the Kingsport Mets with a Huge fireworks display slated to end the night.  

Erwin: The Town of Erwin will be celebrating the Fourth of July with its annual “Welcome Home Veterans” parade, which will feature a slew of professional floats and new and vintage automobiles to carry any veterans who want to ride in the parade. The parade, which begins at 10:30 a.m., will be preceded by a “Biscuits for the Brave” breakfast for veterans at 9:30 a.m. in the Town Hall community room. The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. at Gentry Stadium.

Unicoi: Starting at 5 p.m., the Town of Unicoi will hold its annual Freedom Fest, with arts and crafts, children’s activities, music, food and fireworks. Downtown Country, Zach McNabb and the Tennessee Esquires and Daisi Rain will be performing. Event staff will also be handing out patriotic glow necklaces while supplies last, and the fireworks will go off at dark.

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