The Town of Greeneville announces plans for the 10th annual American Downtown celebration to be held Monday, July 4, at the Big Spring.
Live music, food trucks, a nighttime parade, a hot dog eating contest, and the Quality Sleep Mattress Barn fireworks spectacular are all part of the free family fun, which kicks off at 4 p.m. behind the Greeneville-Greene County Public Library.
The GFL Environmental main stage will feature a full lineup of local and regional artists from 4 p.m. until launch of the Andrew Johnson Bank Parade at sunset.
The theme of the Andrew Johnson Bank Parade will be “Shining Stars.”
The parade route begins at Towne Square Shopping Center on Summer Street, launching at approximately 9:15 p.m. The parade will turn from Summer Street left onto Main Street and right onto Tusculum Boulevard, ending at Greeneville High School.
When the final parade entry arrives at GHS, the fireworks show will launch at approximately 10 p.m. from the hill behind Burley Stadium.
Organizers welcome a variety of parade entries including marching bands, floats, ATV’s classic cars and trucks, walking groups, business and commercial vehicles, pageant winners, dancing troupes, clubs, civic organizations, churches, school groups and historic reenactors.
“We especially hope our local veterans will enter the parade, so they can be recognized and thanked for their service to our country,” said Amy Rose, Town of Greeneville Public Relations Manager and event organizer.
There is no entry fee to participate in the parade. Entry forms are available at Town Hall or www.greenevilletn.gov under “How Do I Apply.” Deadline to enter is July 1.
For more information on the parade, please contact organizer Chan Humbert at 423-329-7400.
The celebration plans to continue its youth art contest created in 2020 by Rose’s niece, Khloe Overbay. The contest was created as a safe alternative to the celebration’s Kids Zone, which was cancelled in 2020 due to concerns related to the spread of COVID-19.
The theme for this year’s art contest will be “Colorful Constellations” to coincide with the parade theme of “Shining Stars.”
Thanks to sponsorship from Publix, prizes will be awarded in the following age groups: 5-7, 8-11, 12-14, and 15-18.
To enter the art contest, draw or color a representation of space, stars, galaxies, planets, or other colorful constellations and submit the artwork at the Roby Fitzgerald Adult Center or via email to email@example.com.
Deadline to enter is July 1.
Winners will be announced and recognized during the celebration by Mayor W.T. Daniels and displayed at the gazebo of the Big Spring area.
For more information on the art contest, please contact Rose at 423-783-2860.
Thanks to generous sponsors, there are no admission charges for the celebration.
In addition to Quality Sleep Mattress Barn, GFL Environmental, Andrew Johnson Bank, and Publix, initial sponsors of American Downtown include: Ballad Health, First Horizon Bank, Gateway Ford, General Morgan Inn, Greeneville Federal Bank, Greeneville Flyboys, Greeneville Light & Power System, Greeneville Oil & Petroleum, MECO Corporation, TEVET, Consumer Credit Union, Food City, Heritage Community Bank, John Deere Power Products, Nickle Ridge Winery, Silver Star Design Co., Walmart Logistics, and Nanny’s Bling Boutique.
More details about the entertainment lineup, kids activities, food trucks, parade, and hot dog eating contest will be announced soon. For more information on the celebration, please follow the Town of Greeneville on Facebook or visit www.greenevilletn.gov.