The entertainment schedule and other details of "American Downtown," Greeneville's Fourth of July celebration, have been announced.
The celebration on Thursday, July 4, begins with a downtown parade at 2 p.m. and ends with fireworks launched in front of Greeneville High School.
Following the patriotic parade, the Big Spring area behind the Greeneville-Greene County Public Library will feature a variety of entertainment, children's activities, and local food vendors.
Those attending are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets.
Kicking off the entertainment at 2:30 p.m. will be vocalist Richard Spain, performing at the Gazebo, followed by the group Step Cousins at 3 p.m. on the main stage.
The remainder of the entertainment schedule, rotating between the two stages, includes: Claxton Creek at 3:40 p.m., Winter & Co. Dance Studio at 4:15 p.m., Nick Fillers & the Fugitives at 4:35 p.m., Sandy Ray & the Cold Shoulders at 5:10 p.m., Capgun Alliance at 5:45 p.m., Savannah Faith at 6:20 p.m., Acoustifried at 6:50 p.m., LMH & Praise Cloggers at 7:25 p.m., Chad Hinkle & Makayla Edwards at 7:45 p.m., Bootleg Turn at 8:20 p.m., Augusta at 9 p.m., and Madison Metcalf singing the National Anthem at 9:30 p.m.
The National Anthem will be followed by fireworks accompanied by a special assortment of recorded music.
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 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 lemonade and other drinks. The food vendors are: Auntie Ruth's, Bojangle's, 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.
UNCLE SAM CONTEST
Entries continue to be accepted for the Uncle Sam Look-A-Like Contest being held in conjunction with the Uncle Sam float and balloon to be featured in the parade.
The Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau plans to bring the float to Greeneville following its participation in Gatlinburg's midnight parade, the "First July Fourth Parade in the Nation."
The winning prize for the Uncle Sam Look-A-Like Contest is a Gatlinburg Weekend Vacation Getaway for four at the Brookside Resort.
Entries will be judged prior to the kickoff of the parade and will walk beside the float in the parade route, which includes Main, McKee and College streets. There is no fee to enter the contest.
To enter the Uncle Sam Look-A-Like Contest, call Amy Rose, Town of Greeneville Public Relations Manager, 639-7105.
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.
For more information on "American Downtown," contact Rose at 639-7105 or (firstname.lastname@example.org)