Places in the Chattanooga area to see fireworks, celebrate Independence Day in 2023

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / A fireworks show ended the Catoosa County 4th of July Festival at the Colonnade in Ringgold in 2020. To the left the rising moon competes with the display.
Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / A fireworks show ended the Catoosa County 4th of July Festival at the Colonnade in Ringgold in 2020. To the left the rising moon competes with the display.

Fourth of July festivities are set to begin this weekend, and with celebrations taking place up to the holiday Tuesday, there will be five days of opportunities to observe Independence Day in the region. 

Here's a look at celebrations and other events in Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama that are embracing the patriotic spirit of the holiday. Be advised that some communities have multiple events, some events do not include fireworks and, while most are free to attend unless otherwise noted, some events have entrance fees for certain celebration components such as contests and tournaments.


FRIDAY, JUNE 30

— Chattanooga will have a fireworks show after the Lookouts game against the Tennessee Smokies on June 30 at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the first pitch is at 7:15 p.m. Tickets cost $6-$11. Find more information at milb.com/chattanooga.

— Chattanooga will have a fireworks show after the Lady Red Wolves home finale game against the South Georgia Tormenta FC. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. at CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. General admission tickets cost $10. Find more information at chattanoogaredwolves-sc.com.

— Dalton, Georgia, will have Pops in Burr Park presented by the Creative Arts Guild at 6:30 p.m. at the Burr Performing Arts Park, 101 S. Hamilton St. The event will include live music performances by Ain't Just Whistlin' Dixie Jazz Band and the Creative Arts Guild Chamber Orchestra. The event will also feature dancers from Ballet Dalton, a community children's choir and other performances by soloists and ensembles. The night will conclude with a fireworks show. Find more information on the event's Facebook page.

— Lafayette, Georgia, will have a Freedom Festival starting at 5 p.m. at the Ross Abney Complex behind the old high school, 252 First St. The festival will include music, activities, vendors and a fireworks show at 10 p.m. Find more information at mycityoflafayettega.org/events.

— Summerville, Georgia, will have an Independence Day festival at 5:30 p.m. at the Chattooga County Agricultural Center, 33 Middle School Road. The event will feature water slides, sack races, a cornhole tournament, live music, food vendors as well as two new activities, a "Kid's Zone" and a best patriotic dressed contest for adults and children. Find more information on the city of Summerville's Facebook page.

 

SATURDAY, JULY 1

— Copperhill, Tennessee / McCaysville, Georgia, will host a Copper Basin fireworks show to light up the twin cities at 9:30 p.m. at 100 Blue Ridge Drive. Fireworks will be visible from anywhere in the downtown area. Attendees can ride the Fireworks Express in downtown Blue Ridge and arrive by train instead of driving. Find more information at blueridgemountains.com.

— Flintstone, Georgia, will have a Freedom Fest starting at 5 p.m. and hosted by the Chattanooga Valley Church of the Nazarene, 2853 Chattanooga Valley Road. The festivities will include bounce houses, games, food, music and more. Fireworks will begin at dark. Find more information on the church's Facebook page.

— Graysville, Tennessee, will have its annual Freedom Fest, presented by the Graysville Fire Department and the city of Graysville, starting at 4 p.m. at Kristopher's Kingdom Park, 475 Black Track Road. The festival will include an auction, water slides, a bounce house, a variety of vendors, a cornhole tournament and music. There is a $2 admission for all-day play on the water slides and bounce house, and there is a fee of $5 per person or $10 per team for the cornhole tournament. Find more information on the fire department's Facebook page.

— Jasper, Tennessee, will host its Big Boom celebration starting at 4 p.m. CDT at Jasper City Park, 700 Phillips Ave. The celebration will include inflatables, games, art, food, live music and craft vendors. The first 250 children will receive a free shirt. Fireworks will start at 9 p.m. CDT. Find more information on the town of Jasper's Facebook page.

— Ringgold, Georgia, will host the Catoosa County Fireworks Fest starting at 4 p.m. at the Northwest Georgia Amphitheater, 220 Catoosa Circle, and the Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle. There will be a craft market at the Colonnade, live music, food and beverages available for purchase, children's activities and games. The fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. Find more information on the Catoosa County government's Facebook page.

— Scottsboro, Alabama, will host an Independence Day celebration starting at 9 a.m. CDT and lasting all day in downtown Scottsboro. There will be a golf cart parade and a marching band parade from the Scottsboro Community Marching Band. There will also be food trucks, vendors and live music. Find more information on the event's Facebook page.

— Soddy-Daisy will have an Independence Day celebration starting at 9 a.m. at Soddy Lake Park, 197 Durham St. This event, hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America Soddy-Daisy Chapter 942, will feature food trucks, children's games, a car show, live music and a variety of vendors. Fireworks will begin after dark. Find more information at vva942.com.

— Spring City, Tennessee, will host Shake the Lake starting at 9 a.m. at Veterans Park, 448 E. Jackson Ave. There will be fun, food, fellowship and live music. The fireworks show is scheduled for 9:45 p.m. Find more information on the event's Facebook page.


SUNDAY, JULY 2

— Chattanooga will have a fireworks show at 8:30 p.m. at Graceworks Church, 6445 Lee Highway. The show will take place by the church's 110-foot cross. Find more information at graceworkschatt.com.

— Rock Spring, Georgia, will have a fireworks show at dark at Peavine Baptist Church, 1089 Peavine Road, following a car show that starts at 4 p.m. Learn more at peavine.org.


MONDAY, JULY 3

— Chattanooga will have a fireworks show after the Lookouts game against the Tennessee Smokies at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the first pitch is at 6:15 p.m. Tickets cost $6-$11. Find more information at milb.com/chattanooga.

— Collegedale will host its annual Freedom Festival from 4-9:30 p.m. The celebration will feature food vendors, live music, children's activities including inflatables and a foam party. The Ain't Just Whistlin Dixie band will perform live at 5:30 p.m., the Amber Carrington Band will perform at 6:45 p.m. and the East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra will conclude the musical performances at 8 p.m. The fireworks show is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Find more information at collegedaletn.gov.

— Fort Payne, Alabama, will start its annual Independence Day fireworks show at 8:45 p.m. CDT at the Fort Payne Sports Complex, 101 45th St. NE. No additional activities are scheduled due to renovations at the complex. The fireworks will be set up near the Little Ridge Intermediate School. Find more information at visitlookoutmountain.com.

MONDAY-TUESDAY, JULY 3-4

— Sewanee, Tennessee, will have a Fourth of July celebration over two days with most festivities taking place July 4. There will be a street dance, live music and family fun from 6-10 p.m. CDT on Monday at Angel Park and on University Avenue. The July 4 activities include morning yoga, an arts and crafts fair, a parade, a concert and an aerial demonstration (weather permitting). The fireworks show will take place after dark at Lake Cheston. Find more information at sewanee4thofjuly.org.

TUESDAY, JULY 4

— Athens, Tennessee, will host a large fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. at Athens Regional Park, 2405 Decatur Pike. The park will be open for normal operating hours. Find more information on the event's Facebook page.

— Chattanooga will have a Chilling and Milling event beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 N. Terrace Road. The center, funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, is offering an air-conditioned, indoor alternative to the usual July 4 celebrations. The event will feature summer foods such as chicken barbeque, potato salad and coleslaw with desserts. Live music will be performed by local band Triple L Trio. While there, take a look around the center's current exhibition "Jews, Blues and All That Jazz," which features works by Tom Farnam and other local artists. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $28 for two, $36 for a family of four, $7 for children 7 to 16 and free for children under 7. Find more information at jewishchattanooga.com.

— Chattanooga will have the annual Red, White and Blue Day from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. The day will feature themed activities and crafts including glitter gel fireworks, straw rockets and a 21 geyser salute with Diet Coke and Mentos. All activities are included with admission. General admission tickets cost $16.95. Find more information at cdmfun.org.

— Chattanooga will have a Fun on the Fourth celebration starting at 2 p.m. at Miller Park, 928 Market St. The event will feature carnival games, a ferris wheel, vintage cars, a variety of vendors, plenty of food and beverages available for purchase and live music throughout the day. The celebration will conclude with a laser light show finale at 9:30 p.m. Find more information on the event's Facebook page.

— Cleveland, Tennessee, will have a fireworks show around 9:15 p.m. at Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway NW. The show, presented by Mt. Olive Ministries and sponsored by Cleveland Ford and the city of Cleveland, will have its launch site at the Perry Stone Ministries building adjacent to the mall. Mix 104.1 FM will play a synchronized music presentation during the show. The ring road behind the mall will be closed before and after the fireworks, and the mall building will impede the line of sight. The best parking for viewing is on the east side of the mall. The mall entrances will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Find more information on the mall's Facebook page.

— Dalton, Georgia, will have an all-day celebration beginning at 10 a.m. at Heritage Point Park, 1275 Cross Plains Trail. Events during the day include an old-timers softball game, a Little Miss Dalton Pageant, a cornhole tournament, two live bands, vendors and a fireworks show to start after dark. Events will take place at Heritage Point Park and Burr Performing Arts Park, 101 S. Hamilton St., throughout the day. Find more information on the Dalton Parks and Recreation department's Facebook page.

— Decatur, Tennessee, will host an Independence Day edition of Downtown Summer Nights, a free summer concert series, featuring live music performances by Chad Yates and Aunt Betty starting at 7 p.m. at the Downtown Stage, 116 N. Main St. Fireworks will follow after dark. There will be food and vendors available. Find more information on the Downtown Summer Nights Facebook page.

— Dunlap, Tennessee, will have an all-day Independenc Day celebration beginning at 9 a.m. CDT at Harris Park, 245 Cedar St. The day will include a parade, food vendors, a mechanical bull, children's activities, a dunk tank, a petting zoo and live music performances throughout the day. The celebration will conclude with a fireworks show around 9 p.m.. Find more information on the city of Dunlap's Facebook page.

— Etowah, Tennessee, will have an all-day Fourth of July celebration full of events starting with a 5k run and a one mile fun run/walk both beginning at 7:30 a.m at Capstar Bank, 523 Tennessee Ave. There will also be a pancake breakfast, children's beauty pageant, cornhole tournament and live music at the L&N Depot, 727 Tennessee Ave. The fireworks show is scheduled for 9:45 p.m. Find more information on the Etowah Fourth of July Facebook page.

— Henagar, Alabama, will have its annual Sand Mountain Potato Festival, a community tradition since 1983, beginning with an Independence Day parade at 10 a.m. starting at Limon's Mexican Restaurant, 50 Lloyd Crye Drive, and ending at Henagar City Park, 18294 AL-75. The all-day celebration will feature a cruise in with vintage cars and motorcycles, pony rides, a cornhole tournament, a volleyball tournament, craft and food vendors, live music and much more. The fireworks show will begin after dark. Find more information on the city of Henagar's website and Facebook page.

— Pikeville, Tennessee, will have a "Star Spangled Celebration" starting at 6 p.m. at the Bledsoe County Fairgrounds, US-127. The celebration will have family-friendly fun until 8:30 p.m., and then the fireworks show will take place at 9 p.m. Find more information at pikevilletn.com/events.

— Rossville, Georgia, will have fireworks at 10 p.m. at Lake Winnie Amusement Park, 1730 Lakeview Drive. The park will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. SoakYa water attractions will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Online tickets for guests, ages 3 to 59, cost $41.95 to get into both parks, tickets for guests 2 and younger or 60 and older must be purchased at the gate. Find more information at lakewinnie.com.

— Scottsboro, Alabama, will have a Fourth of July celebration starting at 6 p.m. at the Goose Pond Colony Resort, 417 Ed Hembree Drive. There will be food and beverages available for purchase. The Jess Goggans Band will perform live at 6 p.m., and fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. Find more information on Goose Pond's Facebook page.

— Signal Mountain will have its annual Fourth of July BBQ hosted by the Signal Mountain Lions Club. Festivities will begin with a parade at 9 a.m. that starts at Old Town Alexian and ends at Althaus Park, 809 James Blvd., where the rest of the festivities will take place. Food options will include barbeque, hamburgers, hot dogs and funnel cakes. There will also be live music and a bounce house, face painting and balloon magic. Find more information at smtnlions.org.

— South Pittsburg, Tennessee, will have an Independence Day celebration from 5-8:30 p.m. CDT at the Stage on Cedar Avenue. The event will feature food and beverages, inflatables and games. The fireworks show will take place at 8:30 p.m. Find more information on the South Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

— Sweetwater, Tennessee, will have an Independence Day celebration from 4 p.m. to dark in downtown Sweetwater. The celebration will feature live music, children's activities, a parade and a fireworks show at dark. Find more information on the city of Sweetwater's Instagram page.

— Trenton, Georgia, will have its annual 1945 Dade County Fair to celebrate Independence Day. The opening ceremonies will begin at noon at Jenkins Park on Price Street. Events include a car show, watermelon and Moon Pie eating contests, redneck games, live music and vendors. Some events have a required entrance fee for participation. Find more information at 1945fair.com.

— Winchester, Tennessee, will have a fireworks show starting around 8:45 p.m. CDT over Tims Ford Lake. Spectators will be able to watch the show from the Twin Creeks Marina, Winchester City Park or on the water of the lake. Find more information at winchester-tn.com.

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