When it comes to showing patriotism, area citizens know how to paint the town red, white and blue — all over.

Celebratory events began Saturday with the Twin Creeks Villages’ popular annual fireworks display over Tims Ford Lake, and fireworks shows and events are continuing through next week to help celebrate America’s 243rd Independence Day.

Whether you choose to celebrate by spending time with family and friends at backyard picnics or seeking out spectacular fireworks shows across Middle Tennessee, this holiday always provides a plethora of excitement that won’t go unnoticed.

 

Remember our four-legged friends

Not all creatures understand the noise and spectacle of patriotic hullabaloo and celebration. Area veterinarians and animal shelters remind you that this can be a distressing time for pets.  As you prepare for the week of ongoing celebration – those in which you partake and those you don’t – take time to prepare a quiet, private place indoors for your pet where they may feel safe.

And for your own peace of mind, check and double-check that whatever safe place you choose – whether it is inside your home, yard or garage – is completely secure. Studies show more pets run away and get lost during the first week of July than at any other time of year.

Wednesday

Tullahoma Independence Day

Tullahoma’s Independence Day Regional Celebration kicks off at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Frazier McEwen Park and Tullahoma High School’s Grider baseball stadium, with plenty to keep the family busy – from the kids’ zone and craft and food vendors to live music and, of course, fireworks.

“There are so many fun activities planned for this event that we are expecting to draw thousands of people from the surrounding communities,” said Tullahoma Mayor Lane Curlee. “The Board of Mayor and Aldermen want to invite our neighboring communities to come to the park and celebrate our independence.”

Musical entertainment begins at 5 p.m. with the band Vinyl Radio.

“This will be a fun-packed show featuring classic songs from the ‘70s and ‘80s,” said Parks and Recreation Director Kurt Glick. “These musicians are exceptionally talented.”

Vinyl Radio will be followed at 7 p.m. by NFL Draft House band Sixwire. The Nashville-based group makes high-energy appearances all over the world with their pop-country-meets-classic-rock show.

Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. to end the evening’s festivities.

Shuttle rides will be available from parking areas downtown and in the Dunham’s Sports-anchored Cherokee Square shopping center.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

 

Cowan’s Fourth of July

Cowan’s Independence Day celebration is set to start at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, with a street dance on Tennessee Avenue in downtown Cowan.

Enjoy some great music, street dancing, delicious barbecue, hot dogs, snow cones and a fireworks show at 9 p.m.

 

Smyrna

Smyrna’s Independence Day Celebration will be held from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Lee Victory Recreation Park, 110 Sam Ridley Parkway East. Admission is free and includes inflatables for kids and live music. Train rides are available for $1 per person.

Fireworks will begin around 9:15 p.m.

 

Thursday

 

City of Manchester Fourth of July Celebration

Hosted by Manchester Parks and Recreation and the Manchester Tourism Commission, the event will kick off at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 4, with live music by the Burning Las Vegas at the Rotary Amphitheater in Rotary Park (557 N Woodland St.) followed by a fireworks display at 9 p.m.

Admission is free.

No outside food or drink is allowed in Rotary Park.

 

Sewanee’s

Fourth of July

Sewanee’s “Peace, Love and Fireworks” 4th of July celebration features a full day of events – including an arts & crafts fair, a parade and an air show.

The merriment begins Wednesday, July 3, with a street dance from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Sewanee Market featuring the band Bad Nayber.  

On Thursday, July 4, the day begins at 6:15 a.m. with sunrise yoga at Manigault Park followed at 8 a.m. by the Monteagle Assembly 42nd Annual Pub Run and flag raising at Abbo’s Alley.

The arts & crafts fair at Shoup Park begins at 9 a.m., there’s a 10 a.m. “mutt show” at Manigault Park, and at 11 a.m. the corn hold competition begins in Downtown Village, where there will be plenty of craft beer and barbecue throughout the day.

At 2 p.m., the parade down University Avenue will begin at the Sewanee Market and continue to Hall Street. That will be followed, weather permitting, by a 3:30 p.m. air show at Sewanee airport and a 5 p.m.  volleyball tournament at Lake Cheston for players age 13 and up.

The fireworks blowout begins at dark at Lake Cheston and a $1 donation is requested.  Parking at the lake will be limited to special needs only, but a $3 shuttle will be available from the EQB monument in Sesquicentennial Park.

See the full list of events and a map of Sewanee at www.sewanee4thofjuly.org or find Sewanee 4th of July on Facebook.

 

Huntland’s  

Fourth of July

Huntland’s 4th of July parade starts at 10 a.m. on July 4 in downtown Huntland.

This super-charged, patriotic parade is sure to arouse your patriotism and admiration for small-town USA. 

 

Friday

 

Decherd’s American Hero Celebration

Decherd’s American Hero Celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. with a cruise-in event at John L. Sanders Park aka Babe Ruth Field, 117 College St. Money raised will be donated support the Franklin County Disabled American Veterans.

The event will conclude with what might be the last fireworks spectacle of the summer, set for 9 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the display.

Managing Editor Kelly Lapczynski and Staff Writer Linda Stacy contributed to this report.