Activities and Special Events this 4th of July

There’s plenty to do this Fourth of July!

Many of us have the day off work on this Fourth of July. So now what?

Fortunately, there’s plenty of activities and special events happening throughout the region to celebrate our nation’s independence. offers a few suggestions featuring live music, elaborate parades and worthy causes.

Drink responsibly and enjoy our nation’s day.

Creative Discovery Museum’s Red, White and Blue Day
A day of celebrating the nation’s independence begins at the Creative Discovery Museum. The museum’s annual celebration returns with crowd favorites and traditions. Visitors will gather at noon for crafts and festivities, followed at 2 p.m. by a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson and Uncle Sam. A 21 Diet Coke “geyser salute” will be performed to honor the military men who have served the country. Click here for more information.

When: 12–4 p.m.
Where: 321 Chestnut St.
How much: Free for military families, regular admission applies

Fourth of July parade (Dunlap)
With little Web presence and information to go on, I’ve been told by a trusted source that the Dunlap Fourth of July parade is THE parade—a two- to three-hour epic of horses, four-wheelers, fire trucks, unicyclists, balloons, clowns and patriotism. The parade runs from the Sequatchie County Fair Building (AKA the old middle school) to the Sequatchie County Courthouse. A festival will follow on the courthouse grounds. The festival usually includes plenty of food vendors, activities and a petting zoo. The parade is at 9 a.m. Central time.

When: 9 a.m. CST
Where: Parade runs down Rankin Avenue
How much: Free

Chattanooga FC vs. Rocket City (cookout alert)
The last home game of the season is upon us. The Chattanooga Football Club will host Rocket City in a pivotal match with playoff implications. Currently, CFC is in first place in the National Premier Soccer League; however, a win Friday night would ensure a No. 1 seed in the upcoming playoffs. The Chattahooligans (CFC’s official fan club) will host a cookout and tailgating party beginning at noon. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: 1826 Carter St.
How much: $5 in advance or $7 at the gate

Food Works “fire sale” cookout
No, Food Works did not burn down. But the restaurant will be out of the kitchen for a few weeks while they repair some damage. But fear not, the restaurant’s employees will be serving up delicious food in the parking lot. Their Fourth of July “fire sale” cookout is $20 per person, including three drink tickets. Expect cornhole, pingpong, sidewalk chalk and more. Support the restaurant while they rebuild, and eat everything from smoked chicken wings to pork butt to brisket and potato salad.

When: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: 205C Manufacturers Road
How much: $20 for all you can eat and three drink tickets

That ’90s Show: Red, White and Blue Edition
The Communicators are back with another version of their popular That 90’s Show concerts. The collective of musicians from Chattanooga will perform all the hits from the ’90s, including Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears and a few surprises. Put on your bald eagle T-shirts and flag bandanas. This party is going to be insane.

When: 9 p.m.
Where: 221 Market St.
How much: $10

Wide Open Floor: Out with a Bang!
The first Friday of every month features a Wide Open Floor showcase at Barking Legs Theater. However, with the upcoming renovations closing the venue through September, this show will offer an opportunity for performers to go “out with a bang!” The fireworks reference is, of course, not lost. Seventeen performances will take place at not more than eight minutes each in length. Click here for more information.

When: 8 p.m.
Where: 1307 Dodds Ave.
How much: $5 for spectators

Nightfall: Slide Brothers
Robert Randolph slayed us at Riverbend, and his presentation of the Slide Brothers at Nightfall promises to be just as deadly. Calvin Cook, Darick Campbell, Chuck Campbell and Aubrey Gent embody the sacred tradition of steel guitar. Click here to read more about the band. The Power Players open the show at 7 p.m.

When: 8 p.m.
Where: 850 Market St.
How much: Free

Updated @ 8:27 a.m. on 7/3/14 to update a time: the tailgating event for the CFC game has been moved up to noon instead of 4 p.m., as originally reported.

This is a re-post.


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