Celebration of the 4th

Special Events Director

Kyndra Brewer
[email protected]
(865) 215-4248

400 Main St., Room 578
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Celebration of the 4th

Celebration of the 4th


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.

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 2 - Air National Guard Band of the South

Band of the SouthAir National Guard Band of the South will present performances by their jazz, concert and rock bands starting at 6:30 p.m. 

The Air National Guard Band of the South is headquartered at McGee-Tyson Air National Guard Base and is the official musical ambassador for the Tennessee Air National Guard, inspiring patriotism and fostering a deep appreciation of the rich history and legacy of the Air Force through exhilarating musical performances.
  • 6:30pm-7:15pm: Concert Band
    The Concert Band, with a 41-member instrumental ensemble, is the oldest and largest of the Air National Guard Band of the South's performing components. They present a powerful and exhilarating program of traditional marches, symphonic masterpieces, popular music and patriotic selections which celebrate our nation. 

  • 7:30pm-8:15pm: Blue Groove Jazz Band
    Featuring 18 talented musicians from around the country, Blue Groove presents an eclectic variety of music, getting audience members of all ages to tap their toes and hum along with classic jazz and swing favorites. 

  • 8:30pm-9:30pm: Sound Barrier Rock Band
    Complete with horn selection, Sound Barrier performs music ranging from classic rock to funk, and from Motown to today's greatest hits as well as patriotic favorites. 
After the music ends and the sun goes down, a short small fireworks show will take place from Fort Kid parking lot, across from the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Saturday, July 3

Knoxville Symphony OrchestraThe Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert in the World's Fair Park Amphitheatre at 8pm.

Music Director Aram Demirjian will lead the KSO in this free, family-friendly concert as part of the City of Knoxville’s scaled down holiday weekend celebration. No tickets are required to attend this free concert. Guests are welcome to sit inside the 950-seat amphitheater and around the surrounding lawn.

Enjoy familiar classics such as Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and classic patriotic tributes including the Armed Forces Salute and Valerie Coleman’s Seven O’Clock Shout. Knoxville Poet Laureate Rhea Carmon will also provide original poetry.

The KSO is proud to partner with the City of Knoxville, Pilot Company and WBIR-TV for this concert. The concert will also be broadcast on WBIR-TV Channel 10 at 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 4.


Free Parking is available in City owned garages after 6pm and free parking will also be available in the 11th Street Garage

*Due to the COVID-19 recommendations in place when we started planning this event with our partners, we chose to not have our traditional Festival on the Fourth. We look forward to bringing together families at this scaled-down celebration and bring back the festival next year.

Thank you to our sponsors:

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