Gatlinburg officials announced this week that the city’s Fourth of July parade has been canceled because of public health concerns about the coronavirus, according to WBIR news.
Gatlinburg traditionally kicks off the Fourth of July parade at 12:01 am, proudly being the first Independence Day parade in the nation — a tradition that has been held for 45 years. The parade stretches more than a mile, beginning at the Baskins Creek Bypass on East Parkway.
This is the second year in a row that the parade has been canceled. In 2019, the parade was shut down due to thunderstorms.
The news report states that city officials are working on ways for families to celebrate the holiday “while social distancing.”
Nearly all attractions and restaurants have been affected by the coronavirus in some way, but the Fourth of July parade cancellation is one of the biggest cancellations this far into the summer we’ve seen yet, meaning it’s possible we may continue to see the trend of cancelling and postponing events that traditionally attract large crowds, throughout 2020 summer season.
Other events in the region that have been canceled or postponed until further notice include the Fun Fest Marketplace (originally scheduled May 7-9), the Shrine Fun Fest Parade (originally scheduled May 9) and the Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass (originally scheduled May 15-16).
For a complete list of upcoming events, including details about rescheduled events and cancellations you can always check out our upcoming events page.