On Independence Day weekend, Knoxville is full of people looking for the closest spot to swim, cook out and watch fireworks.
With The City of Knoxville's Festival on the Fourth, taking place at the World's Fair Park in the heart of Knoxville and various lakes on the outskirts of the city, Knoxville lives up to the expectations of Independence Day.
Festival on the Fourth, presented by OneMain Financial, will take place Thursday. This festival is free and begins at 4 p.m. with various events leading up to the fireworks show at 9:35 p.m.
Located within walking distance of Market Square, Festival on the Fourth is an all-day event. Market Square is home to multiple restaurants and ice cream shops to enjoy while at the festival.
The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform a special Independence Day medley, conducted by Lucas Richman, KSO musical director and a Grammy Award-winning artist. This performance will begin at 8 p.m. on the World's Fair Park performance lawn and will lead into the fireworks show.
Multiple events will lead up to the KSO performance. Free rides and activities for kids will take place on the festival lawn throughout the evening and a tug-of-war competition will be held between the Knoxville Police Department and the Knoxville Fire Department.
Accompanying these events on the festival lawn will be music sponsored by WDVX.including a performance from the Dale Ann Bradley Band.
Knoxville residents who enjoy being on the water for Independence Day are in the right place. Knoxville is surrounded by bodies of water, including Norris Lake and Lenoir City Cove.
"For the fourth, usually I get together with some friends and we go down to the lake and shoot them at Quarry Trail and then have a good time," Evan Beierschmitt said, junior in ecology and evolutionary biology. "We go to the Fort sometimes, we just mess around."
Norris Lake, located north of Knoxville, is home to Bubba Brew's Sports Pub & Grill, a floating bar and restaurant for people of all ages. Visitors can travel by car or by boat to Bubba's for their Independence Day celebration the day after on Friday.
Music will start at 7 p.m. and fireworks will begin 30 minutes before dark. People of all ages come to Bubba's for all day activities, including corn hole, according to Kayla Brantley, head waitress.
Shoes and shirt are not required.
"There are hundreds of people normally on the day we're shooting fireworks," Brantley said. "There are a lot of people on the water and the parking lot is already full at 11 a.m. It's active all day."
Lenoir City, located just west of Knoxville, will hold its annual Independence Day celebration called, Rockin' the Docks, Saturday, July 6, 2013. Music will start at 4 p.m. and fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Boats from surrounding docks are full of people and food is served all evening.
With multiple events taking place in and around Knoxville, Independence Day weekend is sure to be eventful for people of all ages.