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City of Knoxville puts a new twist on July 4th celebration

KNOXVILLE - The City of Knoxville announces plans for “Knoxville’s Neighborhood Trails of Red, White and Blue.”

The City of Knoxville’s Office of Special Events, in collaboration with the Office of Neighborhoods, is launching the new idea amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

All neighborhood organizations across the City are encouraged to participate in the event that promotes physical distancing, while also offering a sense of community this Fourth of July.

Neighborhoods can choose one or two streets for the friendly competition. Those neighbors would decorate their houses, porches, lawns, mailboxes, driveways, and even their family members with a patriotic theme.

“It is unfortunate that the Festival on the 4th had to be canceled this year because of the pandemic, but this is a fun, new way to celebrate that will create a sense of connectivity, while keeping everyone safe at the same time,” Mayor Indya Kincannon said. “Our neighborhoods are so creative during the holidays and Knoxville Marathon weekend. I can’t wait to see what they come up with now!”

The city will invite people to drive through the participating neighborhoods to enjoy and celebrate all of the creative décor Friday, July 3-Sunday, July 5.

Judges and a caravan parade will also drive through the participating neighborhoods on Saturday, July 4, between 1:00-4:00 pm.

If your neighborhood is interested in participating, register with Eden Slater at Get ready to show off your red, white and blue!

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Published June 3, 2020

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