Fireworks, grilling, and fun on the lake. These are all staples of a fun July 4th celebration here in the Lakeside of the Smokies. With Independence Day falling on a Tuesday this year, it will be a great opportunity to spend the long weekend enjoying everything Jefferson County has to offer. Check out the activities below to keep your family entertained all weekend long.

Jefferson County Fireworks Law 

*In Jefferson County, it is legal to shoot fireworks outside the city limits. We ask that you enjoy any fireworks safely, being mindful of children and pets. * 

Annual Independence Day Events 

We are fortunate to have several events that take place around the county. Whether you are looking to get out on your boat, build a float, or enjoy some fireworks, there is plenty to celebrate and enjoy! 

Swann’s Marina Fireworks 

Once again, Swann’s Marina will be hosting fireworks. Expect them to start around dusk on Tuesday, July 4th. Soak it all in from your boat on the water or watch from the land! If you choose to watch from ashore, keep in mind parking is limited. 

Boat Parade 

The Dandridge Yacht Club is sponsoring the 37th Annual Boat Parade. Decorate your boat and participate for free. Meet at Point 8 on Douglas Lake, across from Henderson Island at 11 am on Tuesday, July 4th. The parade starts at noon. This is the original and largest July 4th boat parade, dating back to the 1980s. For more information reach out to John Gans (954) 260-1546 or 

White Pine Independence Day Parade 

The White Pine Independence Day Parade will take place on Tuesday, July 4th at 10 am. Line up begins at 9 am at White Pine School and will end at the Ruritan Community Center. Visit town hall or for applications. 

Mossy Creek Independence Day Parade 

The Historic Mossy Creek District will host an Independence Day Parade on Saturday, July 1st. The parade starts and ends on the corner of Russell & Main in old downtown. Line up is at 1pm for a 2pm parade start. For more information click here. After the parade is over, we encourage you to hang out downtown and enjoy the fun restaurants & cute shops Mossy Creek has to offer. 

Other Smoky Mountain Area Attractions 

There is no shortage of summer fun while visiting Lakeside of the Smokies. We have countless activities for the whole family to add to your weekend plans. 

Farmer’s Market 

The Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from April 29- October 14th. Located at the corner of Meeting and Gay streets, grab some fresh vegetables for your cookout and artisan crafts to remember your trip. 


Jefferson county is home to both Cherokee Lake and Douglas Lake. Douglas Lake features 550 miles of shoreline; plenty of space to enjoy watersports or fishing. Be sure to check out the Dike that Saved Dandridge while exploring Douglas. Cherokee Lake features a beautiful rolling backdrop of hills making it a picturesque setting for all your water activities. Both Cherokee Lake and Douglas Lake feature several marinas to rent a boat or grab a quick bite while out on the water. 


First time fishing with the family? Jefferson County features several guided fishing trips with licensed professionals with over twenty-five years of experience fishing our lakes. All equipment needed for the day is provided or you can bring your own. Don’t forget your camera or your fishing license. 

Hiking Trails 

Water activities not your cup of tea? Jefferson County is a short drive to stunning East Tennessee hiking trails. There are over 150 official hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains but some of the more popular trails are Andrews Bald, Rainbow Falls and Chimney Tops. By clicking here, you can get information on all the trails, see any closures, or trail advisories. 

Driving Trails 

Jefferson County features four unique driving trails through East Tennessee perfect for sightseeing and exploring. Rocky Top Trail leads you through the Smoky Mountains into the foothills of East Tennessee with stops at Bush’s Beans and historic Dandridge. Want to escape to the backroads of Appalachia to discover the rich history of our small towns and visit some one-of-a-kind places? Then the Sunny Side Trail is for you. For the history buff, White Lighting Trail weaves its way along the Moonshine-Running Corridor. Discover where moonshiners traveled during the prohibition era to hide from authorities. Last but not least, the East Tennessee Crossing National Scenic Byway, also known as Highway 25E stretches 83 miles into Cherokee Nation Forest. This route has been used for centuries by Native Americans, pioneers, hunters, and travelers.  


Hitting the links more your style? Jefferson County features two golf courses, boasting scenic mountain views and fun for golfers of all skill levels. Visit Core Golf Center’s to use their practice facilities with a TopTracer range to enhance your game.  

Check out Galactic Golf for a fun filled family night. Try your luck where the pros play. The Tennessee Pro Mini Golf tournament was proudly sponsored by Moss Creek Mini Golf for the past three years. Mini golf is sure to be a hit with the whole family! 

Up, Up and Away 

Adventure Time Ballooning and What’s Up Ballooning offer an adventure of a lifetime to see the Smoky Mountains by air. Hot air balloon not quite your speed? Scenic Helicopter tours take you from Douglas Lake over to Colley Hill farm for a date night picnic for two. Sky Dive East Tennessee is perfect for the thrill seeker in your group. After a short training, you will tandem jump from over two miles high. As you parachute down, take in the beauty of the mountains below. 

Historical Activities 

Jefferson County was established over 200 years ago. Our county is rich in history, and you can take some time to learn more about it by visiting some of these historical sites.  

  • Glenmore Mansion– “A true Victoria treasure” offers seasonal tours on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Be sure to bring CASH to pay for your tour. 
  • Historic Mossy Creek Station– Formerly a handful of vacant lots, it is now a family friendly spot for outdoor movies, parades, concerts, art events and more. 
  • Battle of Dandridge– Civil War Battle site that served as a critical point during Longstreet’s withdrawal. 
  • TVA Dams- Both Douglas Dam and Cherokee Dam were constructed in the 1940’s to help supply power to the Manhattan project during World War II. 
  • Dandridge-TN’s second oldest city- Named after Martha Dandridge Washington, George Washington’s wife, Dandridge was established in 1783, thirteen years before Tennessee would even become a state. 
  • Bush Family Homestead– “Roll that Beautiful Bean Footage” ™ The Bush family has been making beans for the last 100+ years. Be sure to visit the Bush Family Café after your free tour of the family homestead and museum. 
  • Jefferson County Courthouse– The courthouse holds a county museum and records dating back to 1792. 
  • Historic Churches- There are over 75 churches in Jefferson County. Click here to see our top five must visit! 
  • Early Taverns of Jefferson County– During the early days of settlers, taverns provided shelter for those traveling through the area. Taverns were some of the first businesses established in Jefferson County. 
  • Quilt Squares of Jefferson County- Appalachian Quilt Squares are painted on structures throughout the county. Learn about the six originals. 

Holiday Weekend in Jefferson County 

While this is just a short list of activities you and your family can enjoy over Independence Day weekend, there is so much more that Jefferson County has to offer. We encourage you to check into our quaint Bed & Breakfasts, hotels, or spacious campgrounds. Take a scenic drive through the Smokies, visit our equestrian facilities or recreational facilities. Need help planning your long weekend with us? We have an itinerary ready to go. Plan your visit today- we can’t wait to see you!