Lakeway Area gears up to celebrate Independence Day

The annual Fourth of July Celebration in Cherokee Park is one of many celebrations planned in the Lakeway Area.

The time has come to celebrate America’s birth.

The annual Fourth of July Celebration at Cherokee Park promises to be bigger than ever.

After musical acts, sponsored by Food City, BasketCase and All My Rowdy Friends wrap up the evening’s entertainment, at about 9:30 p.m., a fireworks show, unlike any in the history of Hamblen County will be unleashed, sponsored by The Terry Law Firm.

Put on by the Morristown Emergency Rescue Squad, which obtains special certification for the event, the show will by synced to music and light the night sky, organizers say.

The annual event is free but the the Rescue Squad handles the parking and will be accepting donations at its biggest fundraiser of the year.

In addition to the July 4 Celebration at Cherokee Park in Morristown, there are various activities going on in the Lakeway Area this Independence Day week.

Rogersville

On July 4, Rogersville will have the Firecracker three-on-three basketball tournament at the City Park courts sponsored by Rogersville Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call 423-272-2545.

An Independence Day parade begins at 11 a.m., with lineup starting at 10 a.m. at the East Rogersville Baptist Church parking lot.

The Rogersville City Park Pool will be open for free swimming from noon to 7 p.m. A three-on-three basketball tournament is also slated for the City Park courts.

The food court at Rogersville City Park will open at 2 p.m. and be open throughout the afternoon and evening. Of One Accord Ministry will hold a “Freedom from Hunger” food drive at the park where patrons can donate nonperishable food items to Of One Accord ministries.

The highlight of the day will come beginning at 6 p.m., Thursday when Andrea Davidson and popular local band Bulls Gap will perform at Rogersville City Park. Fireworks will get underway at 9:30 p.m. and a soundtrack will be broadcast on WRGS Radio (AM 1370, FM 94.5, wrgsradio.com).

Cocke County

In Newport, there will be a patriotic mural unveiling ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 102 Hall, located at 148 Pine Street.

DAV Chapter 102 and East Tennessee Artscapes invites the public to a special unveiling ceremony of the new patriotic mural at the DAV Chapter Hall. The project, funded by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Council, is the design of lead artists Myra Amason, Kimberly Reese, and Rob Watkins with the generous support and talent of local art students. This mural, measuring more than six feet high and 25 feet long, features a soaring eagle with a 16-foot wingspan and exists to honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces. For more information, contact Watkins at 423-721-8918.

Celebrating Cosby, a continuing series of Friday events throughout the summer, will have a patriotic theme on Friday, July 5 at Cosby Campground, located at 471 Cosby Park Road in the picnic pavilion or the amphitheater. Events include Ella V. Costner and a Presentation of Quilts of Valor to U.S. Veterans. Other events involve DAV Post 102, Commander Al Johnson of Disabled American Veterans, View from the Bunker with Rob Watkins, William Cocke, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and AMVETS.

Jefferson County

A Fourth of July Celebration will be held beginning at 11 a.m. at Mossy Creek Station, located on Main Street in Jefferson City. There will be food, drinks, music, kids’ crafts, face painting and more.

A parade begins at 2 p.m. Lineup is at 1 p.m. at the corner of Main and Russell streets near old Shipe and Catlett. The celebration is sponsored by the Mossy Creek Foundation.

The Dandridge Yacht Club will have a July 4th Boat Parade from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Douglas Lake in Dandridge. Boaters will meet across the main channel from Henderson Island, at mile marker eight. The parade convoy begins at noon and is free. All boats welcome. For more information, contact Greg Lohr at 865-806-5137 or greglohr@infotivity.com.

Claiborne County

Norris Landing and Jimmy’s Place on Norris Lake will have Lauren Beeler and the Howlers singing at 6 p.m. on July 4. There will also be a fireworks show at Jimmy’s Place after the concert. Food will be available at Jimmy’s. People may watch from the lake or go to the marina.

Cedar Grove Marina will also have fireworks on the fourth, along with snow cones and watercraft to rent. People may watch from the marina or the parking lot.

Cumberland Gap is sponsoring a concert on the fourth at the campground on the Virginia side.

New Tazewell pool will be open on Thursday.

Straight Creek Boat Dock will also be open with water craft available to rent and concessions available.