Festival on the Fourth will go on as planned this Wednesday despite the sweltering heat, so apply a thick layer of sunscreen and bring a water bottle in tote and join Knoxville in celebrate the country’s 236th birthday. The festival will kickoff at 2 p.m. with a Patriotic Bike Parade and conclude around 10 p.m. with a bang at the conclusion of the fireworks spectacular. Festival on the Fourth will be held at World’s fair Park and as usual the festival is free this year with lots of family friendly activities, events, and entertainment scheduled to pack the day full of fun.
A list of the day’s activities and events include: Regal’s Star Spangled Kids Zone, Knoxville skyline mural painting, face painting, balloon animals, cornhole (available for all ages), and a fun slide. The Knoxville Fire Department will also have a safety house for kids to tour and learn about what to do in the case of a fire. Knoxville’s own Trevor Bayne’s Race Car will be at Festival on the Fourth as well. The day’s entertainment lineup includes: WDVX personality Freddy Smith, Carib Sound Steel Band, Hot Dixie Land Jazz Band, Sean McCollough and the Kidstuff Band, The Black Cadillacs, and of course the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Good eats will not be in short supply with Moe’s Southwest Grill, Petros, and other vendors at Festival on the Fourth. There will be all the must haves for a great Fourth of July: frozen lemonade, funnel cakes, hotdogs, hamburgers, and kettle corn.
This year there will be several new events added to the festival. For starters the Festival on the Fourth will kick off with a Patriotic Bike Parade at 2:00p.m. At 1:00 p.m. participants will gather on their patriotically decorated bikes at the World’s Fair Park Playground and at 2:00 p.m. will parade down World’s Fair Park Drive and finish at the Amphitheater. The parade is for children from 3-12 accompanied by an adult. Wagons, strollers, and wheelchairs are welcome. There will be a contest for the best decorated rider and best decorated bike for each age group, 3-5, 6-9, 10-12. For more information or to register for the parade visit http://www.cityofknoxville.org/bikeparade.pdf.
Another addition to this year’s festival will be a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair. In light of 30 years, Carib Sound Steel Band will perform at 3:30 p.m. The band performed at the World’s Fair here in Knoxville in 1982. And at 6 p.m., Freddy Smith of WDVX will lead the audience in the popular World’s Fair chicken dance at the WDVX Stage.
The Knoxville Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office also have something up their sleeves for festival goers to enjoy as they watch the sky near the Sunsphere.
Free parking will be available to fair goers at World’s Fair & Blackstock Parking Lots, 11th Street, Locust Street, State Street & Market Square Garages – ADA Parking at Fort Kid Parking Lot.
For more information on the Festival on the Fourth or a detailed schedule of the day’s events and a map of World’s Fair Park visit http://www.cityofknoxville.org/events/4th/default.asp.