The City of Knoxville will host a ‘Celebration of the 4th’ at World’s Fair Park, on Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3, 2021.
Free Parking will be made available in City-owned garages after 6pm and free parking will also be available in the 11th Street Garage.
There will be no food or beverage available for purchase on site. Families are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and picnic dinners (no alcohol).
FRIDAY, JULY 2nd – Air National Guard Band of the South, Air will present performances by their jazz, concert and rock bands. The National Guard Band of the South is headquartered at McGee-Tyson National Guard Base on Alcoa Highway.
- 6:30 – 7:15 pm: The Concert Band, a 41-member ensemble, will present a powerful and exhilarating program of traditional marches, symphonic masterpieces, popular music and patriotic selections which celebrate our nation.
- 7:30 – 8:15 pm, Blue Groove Jazz Band, will deliver an eclectic variety of classic jazz and swing favorites
- 8:30 – 9:30 pm, Sound Barrier Rock Band with a complete horn section, will perform classic rock to funk, Motown to today’s greatest hits, and patriotic favorites.
After the music ends and the sun goes down, a short, small fireworks show will begin from the Fort Kid parking lot, across from the Knoxville Museum of Art.
SATURDAY, JULY 3rd
8 pm, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra free concert in the 950-seat amphitheater with additional seating allowed on the surrounding lawn. Aram Demirjian will direct the KSO in performing Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and classic patriotic tributes to include the Armed Forces Salute and Valerie Coleman’s Seven O’Clock Shout.
Knoxville Poet Laureate Rhea Carmon will also share her original poetry for this occasion.
SUNDAY, JULY 4th
8 pm, The KSO concert will be broadcasted on WBIR-TV channel 10 Knoxville.
This concert is co-sponsored by the City of Knoxville and Pilot Company, DownTown Knoxville Alliance, Home Federal Bank, and radio station Awesome 93.1 FM, Knoxville.
*The 2021 Festival on the Fourth was planned according to COVID-19 recommendations in place at that time. We look forward to bringing friends and families together at this scaled-down celebration and bringing back the full festival next year.