Live music, a kids’ zone, and food vendors kick off the festivities at 4 p.m. A hot dog eating contest, nighttime parade, and spectacular fireworks show round out the second part of this free, family event held behind the Greeneville-Greene County Public Library.
The entertainment stage starts with a bang with the Tusculum University Community Band. To keep the excitement going, Brownlow will blend heavy rock with outlaw country and blues. Zach McNabb and the Tennessee Esquires grace the stage next, featuring traditional country music inspired by artists such as Johnny Cash, Ernest Tubb, and Hank Williams. Crooning vocals and traditional instruments make them a crowd favorite. The Dimestore Cowboys will headline the event, bringing their unique brand of entertainment with powerful Appalachian vocals and hard driving instruments. They balance rock, folk, and a traditional country sound with attitude.
Event organizer Christina Potts said, “We are pleased to offer Greeneville a musical lineup that pays tribute to our area’s Appalachian heritage with fresh perspectives.”
The theme of the parade this year will be “Star-Spangled Greeneville.” It will begin 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, classic cars and trucks, walking groups, business and commercial vehicles, pageant winners, dancing troupes, clubs, civic organizations, churches, school groups, and historic re-enactors.
“With the Star-Spangled Greeneville theme, we want to see your entries decked out in stars and bright lights to symbolize your patriotism,” said Christina Potts, Town of Greeneville Media/Marketing Specialist and event organizer.
There is no entry fee to participate in the parade. Entry forms are available at www.greenevilletn.gov under “How Do I Apply” > “American Downtown July Parade Entry.” The deadline to enter is June 23rd.
For safety reasons, the American Downtown parade route will be closed to through traffic from 4 p.m. until the end of the fireworks show on Saturday, July 1.
Parking will not be allowed on the street along the parade route, but the route is accessible by numerous other streets and parking lots along Main, Church, Summer, and Irish streets. Those who live or own businesses along the route that afternoon will be allowed access to the closed area. The route will remain closed until completion of the fireworks show that launches at approximately 10 p.m. at GHS.
Thanks to generous sponsors, there will be no admission charges for the celebration. Companies or individuals interested in sponsorship can contact Christina Potts at [email protected]For more information on the celebration, please follow the Town of Greeneville on Facebook or visit www.greenevilletn.gov