Things to do in Chattanooga area this week include fireworks, free ice cream

Staff file photo / Lauren Lawson, not pictured, holds two American flags up to her granddaughter Magnolia Moore's face as her father Benjamin holds her during a Fourth of July celebration in Soddy-Daisy on July 3, 2021.

Here's what the Chattanooga area has to offer this week.


We're still more than a week out, but it's not too soon to be thinking about the Fourth of July. Officials with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advises leaving the fireworks to the professionals. Here are some stats from the agency's 2021 Fireworks Annual Report (the latest year available) that help make their case.

› In 2021, an estimated 11,500 people nationwide were treated in emergency rooms for injuries caused by fireworks, including widely sold firecrackers and sparklers.

› Of those injuries, 32% were burns (14% to the eyes; 21% to the head, face and ears; 31% to the hands and fingers; 34% to other parts of the body, including the legs, trunks and arms).

› 74% of injuries from fireworks occurred in the weeks before and after the July 4th holiday.

› There were nine deaths from fireworks in 2021. That's down from 26 in 2020 during the pandemic lockdown.

› Since 2006, there has been a 25% increase in fireworks injuries.



ART ON THE MOUNTAIN — Stacy Beam Fine Art Gallery, 19643 Highway 56, Beersheba Springs, Tenn. Exhibition by fine artist Stacy Beam June 30-July 4. Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. CDT June 30. Portion of proceeds from art sales benefits Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic, providing free health care to Grundy County residents.

AVA GALLERY — 30 Frazier Ave. "Shades of Black," group exhibition in partnership with Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas, through July 14.

CLEARSTORY ARTS — 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave. "Let's Celebrate Queer Pride," by local artists, through July 1.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD — The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "Something for Children" community show, through July 30.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART — 10 Bluff View. "In Nature's Studio: Two Centuries of American Landscape Painting," through Sept. 4.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "From Coffee to Cocktails," by Jennie Kirkpatrick, through June 30. "A Fine Line," by Doug McCoy, July 1-31. Opening reception, 5-8 p.m. July 7.

JEWISH CULTURAL CENTER — 5461 North Terrace. "Jews, Blues & All That Jazz," with works by 12 artists, through Aug. 4.

NORTH RIVER CIVIC CENTER — 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102. "The Artists' Overview" by 18 local artists, through July 31. 423-870-8924

NORTHSIDE GALLERY — Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Works by 14 area artists, including members of the Civic Arts League of Chattanooga, through Aug. 31. 423-266-1766

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA — Gallery at Blackwell, 71 Eastgate Loop. Spring show, through July 28.

RIVER GALLERY — 400 E. Second St. Works by Joe Hobbs, Lynn Whipple and Maralyn Wilson, through June 30. Works by Bill Suttles and Debra Nadelhoffer, July 1-Aug. 31.

RUBY FALLS — 1720 S. Scenic Highway. "Through the Lens: The Life and Legacy of Horace Brazelton," the first African American to open a professional photography studio in Chattanooga, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. daily through Sept. 15. Free admission; Ruby Falls tickets sold separately.

STOVE WORKS — 1250 E. 13th St. "Sex Ecologies: Becoming Plastic," through July 1. "Y'all Don't Hear Me: The Black Appalachia," part of Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas, through July 8.


CHATTANOOGA FILM FESTIVAL — Read House, 107 W. M.L. King Blvd. Tenth anniversary presentation, through June 29, with special events, including Pint Night and masquerade party, at other venues. Includes appearances by actors, filmmakers and authors.


4TH OF JULY BBQ — Althaus Park pavilion, 809 James Blvd., Signal Mountain. Signal Mountain Lions Club's annual barbecue fundraiser, plus live music, vendors, bounce house, face painting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 4. Order bulk items in advance for pickup in drive-thru. (Also available: 6- to 7-pound smoked Boston butts, $12 per pound, must be picked up 4-5 p.m. July 3.)

4TH OF JULY PARADE — St. Luke United Methodist Church, 3210 Social Circle. Stuart Heights Neighborhood Association event for residents' strollers, bikes and wagons decorated in red, white and blue, 9:30 a.m. July 4.

FIREWORKS — Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Mount Olive Ministries presents music-synchronized fireworks show launched from Perry Stone Ministries offices next to the mall, 9:15 p.m. July 4. Best viewing from east side of mall parking lot.

FIREWORKS — Lake Winnepesaukah, 1730 Lakeview Drive, Rossville. Fireworks at closing time, 10 p.m. July 4. Dry side of the park open 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; SoakYa water park open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $32-$42 unlimited rides.

FIREWORKS — McCaysville, Ga. and Copperhill, Tenn. Display lights up Copper Basin's twin cities, 9:30-10:30 a.m. July 1.

FIREWORKS — Sports Complex, 101 45th St. NE, Fort Payne, Ala. City-sponsored firework show, 8:45-9:30 p.m. CDT July 3. No additional activities due to renovations at sports complex.

FIREWORKS FEST — Northwest Georgia Amphitheater, 220 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. Catoosa County-sponsored event includes live music, food vendors, children's activities and games starting at 5 p.m. July 1; with makers market inside Colonnade at 4 p.m.; fireworks at 9:30 p.m. (rain date for fireworks July 2). Music schedule: Burn the Treaty, 5 p.m.; Moon Juice, 7:15 p.m.; Love, Peace & Happiness, 8:30 p.m. Free admission. Parking on-site and with shuttles from CHI Memorial Parkway parking lot at 4700 Battlefield Parkway.

FREEDOM FESTIVAL — Ross Abney Complex, 252 First St., LaFayette, Ga. City-sponsored event, with music, vendors, cornhole and other games begins at 5 p.m. June 30; fireworks at 10 p.m.

FREEDOM FESTIVAL — Collegedale Commons, 4750 Swinyar Drive and Veterans Memorial Park, 9318 Apison Pike. City-sponsored event with live music, food vendors, free inflatables, slip and slide, face painting, starting at 4 p.m. July 3; fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Music schedule: Ain't Just Whistlin' Dixie Jazz Band, 5:30 p.m.; Amber Carrington Band, 6:45 p.m.; and East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m. Free. Bring your own seating.

FUN ON THE FOURTH — Miller Park, 928 Market St. Chattanooga Presents event features 50-foot gondola Ferris wheel, carnival-style games, vintage cars, food trucks, stop by the Atlanta Braves Country Road Tour with Pose at the Plate replica of Truist Park for customizable baseball card photos, ending with musically choreographed laser light show, 2-9:30 p.m. July 4. Music schedule: Killakeyz, 2 p.m.; The Hip Elixir, 3:20 p.m.; The New Dismembered Tennesseans, 5 p.m.; Peace, Love & Happiness, 6:20 p.m.; Davey Smith & the Pearl Snap Preachers, 8 p.m. Free admission.

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION — Municipal Park, 197 Depot St. Soddy-Daisy. City-sponsored event hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America Soddy-Daisy Chapter 942 and Keep Soddy-Daisy Beautiful starts at 9 a.m. July 1, with fireworks at dark. Includes food trucks, children's games, Firecracker Rod Run car show, merchandise vendors, live music.

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION — Gordon Street and beyond, Chickamauga, Ga. City-sponsored event features arts and crafts market, including 150 vendors from rescheduled Down Home Days, plus live music, Kids Zone, mechanical bull, rock climbing wall, noon-10 p.m. July 1. Free admission.

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION — City Park, 2250 Blue Ridge Drive, Lakesite. City provides barbecue and drinks and residents bring sides for dinner at 6 p.m. July 1, followed by fireworks at dusk. Free face painting.

SHAKE THE LAKE — Veterans Park, 448 E. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. Event sponsored by the town of Spring City and Friends of the Park on July 1 includes Mr. and Miss Firecracker Pageant for children up to age 8, 10 a.m.; duck race, 5 p.m.; live music, 5:30 p.m.; fireworks at dark.


AN EVENING WITH DOMINIQUE HAMMONS — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Concert by the violinist, featuring local artists Swayyvo, ReeceTheTruth, Denise Dave and Jimmy Allgood, 7 p.m. June 30. $40-$50.

BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. Crys Matthews, 7:30 p.m. June 29. $20-$24.


› June 29: Megan Moroney, with Logan Crosby, 9 p.m. $15-$20.

› June 30: Drivin N Cryin, with Bag Men, 8 p.m. $25-$28.

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn.

› June 30: Christopher Cross, 8 p.m. CDT. $49.

› July 1-2: Big Mouth Bluegrass Festival, with more than a dozen acts, including The Grascals and Dan Tyminski Band, 11:45 a.m. CDT each day. $49 one day, $89 both days.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE — 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. Outdoor summer concert series continues with Hollerback, 6 p.m. CDT July 2. Free.

FRIDAY NIGHTS IN THE PARK — Angel Park, University Avenue, Sewanee, Tenn. Resumes July 14.

GOSPEL JUBILEE — First Baptist Church, 201 N. Main St., LaFayette, Ga. Features Pastor Marcellus Barnes and Voices of Triumph and seven other acts in fundraiser for Walker County African American Multicultural Memorial Park, 3 p.m. June 25. $20.

NIGHTFALL — Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Summer music series continues June 30, rain or shine, with Road to Nightfall winners James Lee Wilson & James County at 8 p.m.; Interval opening at 7 p.m. Food trucks and art market start at 6:30 p.m. at Miller Park across M.L. King Boulevard. Free admission.

NOKIAN TYRES SUMMER NIGHTS — Rhea County Courthouse, 1475 Market St., Dayton, Tenn. Concert series concludes with Georgette Boozer and Ernie Robinson, 7 p.m. June 30. Bring your own seating. Free admission.

THE SIGNAL — 21 Choo Choo Ave.

› June 30: The Taylor Party: Taylor Swift Night, 9 p.m. $15-$35.

› July 1: Bop to the Top, dance night of "High School Musical" and classic bops, 9 p.m. $20-$40.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St.

› June 29: Michelle Malone & Sarah Peacock, 7 p.m. $25-$28.

› June 30: The New Quintet with Ben Van Winkle, 7 p.m. $15-$20.

› July 1: Tommy Prine, with Jordan Smart, 7 p.m. $18-$20.

› July 2: Possessed by Paul James: The One-Man Folk Wonder From Texas, 7 p.m. $12-$15.

SUMMER MUSIC WEEKENDS — Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Live entertainment by country, folk and bluegrass artists, raptor shows and seasonal foods, weekends through Sept. 4, plus daily June 30-July 9. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. through Aug. 13, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. starting Aug. 14. $20-$30.


BEER OF THE MONTH — Taco Mac, 423 Market St. Delaware's Dogfish Head Craft Brewery promotion features giveaways starting at 5 p.m. Thursdays in June, concluding June 29 with a bottle opener.

CHATTANOOGA MARKET — First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays with farm produce, artisan foods, flowers, arts, crafts, live music and food trucks. Free admission.

  photo  Staff file photo / At Chattanooga Market's 2019 Red, White & Blueberries celebration, dad Shannon Talbert, left, and his son Braxton take part in a pie eating contest. Braxton won the first of two contests, and Shannon took credit as his trainer.

› June 25: Sunday Funday with music by Addie Levy at 12:30 p.m. and Butch Ross at 2 p.m.

› July 2: Red, White & Blueberries, with blueberry pie eating contests (noon and 2 p.m. for visitors, 3 p.m. for vendors), music by Oweda at 12:30 p.m., Ain't Just Whistlin' Dixie Jazz Band at 2 p.m.

CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET — Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Market of handmade arts, crafts and other products, plus artisan foods, food trucks and live music, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturdays through October. Free admission.

CLEVELAND BRADLEY COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY — 795 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Ongoing centennial events include tours of the new and old facilities, 2-4 p.m. June 25 (repeats other months). Register:

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St. Alex Velluto, 7:30 p.m. June 30-July 1. $19-$22.

FREE ICE CREAM — Mayfield Visitor Center, 4 Mayfield Lane, Athens, Tenn. Free scoops of Birthday Cake ice cream to celebrate Mayfield Creamery's 100th birthday, plus face painting and photos with mascot cow Maggie, 3-5 p.m. June 29. Plant tours available 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

GARDEN TOUR — Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Road. Thirty-sixth annual event features Audubon Acres' pollinator garden and five private homes around Brainerd Road, East Brainerd Road and Standifer Gap Road, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 25 (last day). Locations may be visited in any order. $20.

HAM RADIO FIELD DAY — Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department Training Center, 9108 Snow Hill Road, Ooltewah. Ham radio operators with the Tennessee Valley DX Association demonstrate communication abilities in simulated emergency situations, an Amateur Radio Relay League event, overnight through 5 p.m. June 25.

HIXSON FARMERS MARKET — St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 7514 Hixson Pike. Features local farmers, gardeners and artists, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Live music on first Saturdays, free pancake breakfast on third Saturdays.

LITTLE DEBBIE PARK — 4698 Swinyar Drive, Collegedale (behind the Commons). Grand opening of park and unveiling of Little Debbie sculpture by artist Alex Paul Loza, 9 a.m. June 30.

LUNCH WITH ANDRE JAMES — Chattanooga Times Free Press, 400 E. 11th St. Have lunch with and offer input to the newspaper's new Restaurant Scene writer, noon-1:30 p.m. June 26. Free but register.

  photo  Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Andre James, the Chattanooga Times Free Press' new Restaurant Scene columnist, is looking for reader input for future stories. Tell him your thoughts over lunch June 26 at the TFP building on East 11th Street.

MAIN STREET FARMERS MARKET — Corner of West 20th and Chestnut streets. Red, White & Blueberries theme, 4-6 p.m. June 28.

REFLECTION RIDING ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER — 400 Garden Road. Registration required.

› June 30: Get Schooled: Native Animals, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (plus other Fridays). By donation.

› June 30-July 1: Get Schooled: Barn Owls, 1-1:45 p.m. (plus other Fridays and Saturdays). $25-$30 (free for children 12 and younger).

› July 1: The Awesome Opossum, 11 a.m.-noon (every other Saturday, alternating with Snakes Alive).

RK GUN SHOW — Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Vendors displaying guns, hunting supplies, military surplus and outdoor gear, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 2. $4-$14.

STABLE 41 FARMERS MARKET — 214 First St., Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

› June 25: Chef Demo Market: Fresh and in Season, 1-4 p.m.

› June 29: Thursday Fresh Market, 3-6 p.m.

› June 30: Food Truck Friday and Market, 5-8 p.m.

USED BOOK SALE — Venue 701 at St. Marks Church, 701 Mississippi Ave. Fundraiser for Chattanooga Public Library System and Chattanooga Public Library Foundation, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25 (last day).

WALKER COUNTY AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM — 309 N. Main St., LaFayette, Ga. Unveiling of new mural, 3 p.m. June 29.

WALKER COUNTY FARMERS MARKET — Exclusive to vendors within 25 miles; 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays at Walker County Agricultural Center, 10052 N. Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at 100 E. Villanow St., LaFayette, Ga.


CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB — Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Doubleheader, July 1. Women's amateur team vs. Soda City SC, 4:30 p.m. Men's professional team vs. Los Angeles Force, 7:30 p.m. $11-$45 (one price for both games, no re-entry).

CHATTANOOGA LADY RED WOLVES — CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. Women's amateur team vs. South Georgia Tormenta, 7:30 p.m. June 30; fireworks to follow. $12-$46.

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds vs. Tennessee Smokies. Kids Run the Bases after every game. $7-$12.

› June 28: 7:15 p.m.; Chick-fil-A giveaway via app.

› June 29: 7:15 p.m.; Thirsty Thursday drink specials.

› June 30: 7:15 p.m.; post-game fireworks.

› July 1: 7:15 p.m.; actor Hunter Clowdus, a Chattanooga native, throws out first pitch, appearance by Zooperstars, used car giveaway.

› July 2: 2:15 p.m.; free general-admission tickets with a donation of canned goods to Chattanooga Area Food Bank, mini bat giveaway to first 1,000 fans through the gate, Catch on the Field (tennis balls provided).

› July 3: 6:15 p.m.; post-game fireworks.


ATHENS COMMUNITY THEATRE — The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Table read of "Fireball," one-woman play based on memoir of East Tennessee legend Hazel Lindsey, "The True Story of a Tennessee Plow Girl Who Survived Poverty, Abuse and Eleven Husbands With Wit, Wisdom and Tenacity," with playwright Norman McMillan and author Julia Walker, 6 p.m. June 26. Free.

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. "The Piano Lesson," part of Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas, 2:30 p.m. June 25 (final show). $20-$25.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE — 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn.

› Through July 27: "The Trip to Bountiful." $19-$35.

› Through Aug. 13: Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The New Musical." $19-$35.

OBVIOUS DAD — UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. Regional premiere of "Sagittarius Ponderosa," 2:30 p.m. June 25, 7:30 p.m. June 30-July 1, 2:30 p.m. July 2.

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE — 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. "Robin Hood," 2 p.m. June 25 (final show). $12-$14.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.