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Knoxville's Festival on the 4th will celebrate America's 236th birthday

By Jeaneane Payne

Knoxville will celebrate the 4th of July the old-fashioned way at the City of Knoxville's Festival on the Fourth. Highlights will include fireworks, a Patriotic Bike Parade, and a dramatic presentation from some daring individuals.

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The Knoxville Symphony, under the direction of Maestro Lucas Richman, will perform its 28th Annual FREE Pilot Independence Day Concert, World's Fair Park, Knoxville, 8:00 p.m.

Starting at 2:00 p.m., the celebration will begin with Regal's Star-Spangled Kids Zone which will charm kids with face painting, balloons, inflatable bounce houses and slides. A Safety House, sponsored by the Knoxville Fire Department, will offer a hands-on opportunity for kids to learn what they should do in the event of a fire.

fireworks knoxvilleFestivities will continue throughout the day and conclude with a spectacular fireworks display at 9:35 p.m. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will begin its performance at 8:00 p.m. on the South Lawn and will perform during the fireworks show.

The Symphony will play patriotic, classical, and movie favorites, including "The Star Spangled Banner," "1812 Overture," "Stars and Stripes Forever," "Rocky Top," and many more.

The celebration of America's 236th birthday isn't the only occasion being marked. The 30th anniversary of the World's Fair will also be celebrated within the festival.

"The 1982 World's Fair was a huge event for Knoxvillians, and we thought the Festival on the Fourth would be a fun and interesting way to mark the 30th anniversary of the fair," said Judith Foltz, Director of Special Events. "We hope everyone can come out to celebrate and share their memories with friends."

As part of the World's Fair celebration, the Carib Sound Steel Band will perform at 3:30 p.m. The group is part of the original band that played during the World's Fair. At 6 p.m., Freddy Smith of WDVX will lead the audience in the popular World's Fair chicken dance at the WDVX Stage.

Like most Fourth festivals, this one will feature plenty of food. Moe's Southwest Grill and Petro's are two of this year's vendors; others will provide tasty treats like hamburgers, hot dogs, kettle corn, funnel cakes, frozen lemonade and other tasty items.

Around 7:30 p.m., brave members of the Knoxville Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff's Office will grab festival goers' attention with a dramatic presentation. Watch for it in the skies near the Sunsphere.

The Festival on the 4th is presented by OneMain Financial.

Published July 3, 2012

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