Greeneville is planning an elaborate Fourth of July celebration, complete with a downtown fireworks show for the first time in a number of years.
"American Downtown" will be held on Thursday, July 4, with most of the festivities taking place in the Big Spring area behind the Greeneville-Greene County Public Library.
The celebration starts with a patriotic parade at 2 p.m., followed by entertainment and children's activities beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Big Spring.
The fun will continue throughout the afternoon and evening, when a fireworks show will be launched from the practice field in front of Greeneville High School.
All of the festivities are free to the public.
"We're very excited to have fireworks in Greeneville again, and to have them downtown is a real treat," said Amy Rose, Town of Greeneville Public Relations Manager. "This celebration offers something for everyone, so we hope the entire community will join us."
To kick things off, a parade of nearly 50 patriotically decorated entries will start from Greeneville High School at 2 p.m.
The parade route turns left onto Main Street, left onto McKee Street, and left onto College Street, returning to GHS.
Grand Marshal is Miss Greene County Sarah Stokely, who just last weekend placed as first runner-up in the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant.
The Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau plans to bring its Uncle Sam float to Greeneville following its participation in Gatlinburg's midnight parade, the "First July Fourth Parade in the Nation."
Entries continue to be accepted for the Uncle Sam Look-A-Like Contest being held in conjunction with the Uncle Sam float. The winning prize is a two-night stay for four at Brookside Resort in Gatlinburg.
Entries will be judged prior to the kickoff of the parade and will walk beside the float in the parade. There is no fee to enter the contest. To enter the Uncle Sam Look-A-Like Contest, call Amy Rose at 639-7105.
The National Anthem will be followed by fireworks accompanied by a special assortment of recorded music.
The fireworks will be launched from the practice field in front of Greeneville High School and should be visible from the Big Spring.
The goal is to launch the fireworks early enough so the audience can then drive to Tusculum and also see the fireworks show following the Greeneville Astros game at Pioneer Park.
Food vendors at the Big Spring will offer a variety of items, including hot dogs, chicken, barbecue pork, donuts, soft pretzels, nachos, cotton candy, shaved ice, frozen and fresh squeezed lemondade and other drinks. The food vendors are: Angeez Catering & Sweet Shop, Auntie Ruth's, Bojangles, Sno-Biz, Top Dog Hot Dog, and Tray's Bar-B-Q.
Funville will have several inflatables on-site as part of a variety of children's activities beginning at 2:30.
Christ United Methodist Church will conduct the children's activities near the Capital of the Lost State of Franklin replica in the Big Spring area.
The children's activities include: making cards for soldiers, making a Community Fourth of July Banner, face-painting, games and prizes, relays, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, crafts, and large ground puzzles.
Balloon animals and stories are scheduled at 3:30 p.m. A watermelon seed-spitting contest will be held at 4:30 p.m.
Financial sponsors for the celebration are Landair Transport Inc., a Gold-Level sponsor; Greeneville Federal Bank, Greeneville Oil & Petroleum, Inc., and DTR Tennessee Inc., Silver-Level sponsors; and Bronze-Level sponsors: Meco Corporation, Walmart Logistics, Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Takoma Regional Hospital, Summers-Taylor, Inc., Consumer Credit Union, John Deere Power Products, Andrew Johnson Bank and Food City. Media sponsors are The Greeneville Sun and Radio Greeneville.
The Town of Greeneville is working with the Greene County Partnership's Tourism Department and Main Street: Greeneville to ensure the event is a success.
For more information on "American Downtown," contact Amy Rose at 639-7105 or (firstname.lastname@example.org)