Gruetli-Laager – The parade line up on July 4 will be at the Ace Hardware store at 10:00 a.m. with the parade beginning at 11:00 a.m. All four wheelers must be decorated in order to be in the parade. Following the parade at 12:00 p.m. there will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Palmer 8th grade students.
Activities will begin at 12:00 p.m. with D.J. Vegas, various games and contest. An Airsoft Turkey Shoot with .22 ammo prizes will be from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and the annual mud bog will be from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. with a cash prize for the winner. A Corn Hole tournament will be held from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. with cash prizes. The Southlander band will perform from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. at the ball park followed by a block party with D.J. Vegas from 10:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Tracy City – “Let Freedom Ring” celebration will be Saturday, July 4. The parade will line up at the old Save-a-Lot at 5:00 p.m. with the parade starting at 6:00 p.m. All entries must be decorated – including four wheelers. Ribbons will be given for first, second and third place for each category and a Best Over-All Trophy will also be presented after the parade.
Fireworks will begin at 9:00 p.m. at the ball park.
Altamont – The parade line up on July 4 will be at noon at the ballpark with the parade beginning at 1:00 p.m. Cash and trophy prizes will be awarded.
Activities for the day will include a scavenger hunt from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. with cash prizes, a Corn Hole and Volleyball tournament with cash prizes at the Altamont Baptist Church from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and a mud bog at the ballpark beginning at 3:00 p.m. with 3 different classes and cash prizes for the winners. The Hard Times band will perform at the ballpark beginning at 6:00 p.m. until dark.
Fireworks will be at dark. Concessions will be available all day.
Monteagle – The town of Monteagle will begin their Fourth of July celebrations on Friday, July 3 with a Family movie at the Pavilion beginning at 8:15 p.m.
“Travel Across America” parade will be on Saturday, July 4. Lineup for the parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. behind the Smokehouse with the parade beginning at 10:00 a.m. First place trophies will be given in the following categories: most patriotic, best float, best car/truck, best use of theme, best animal, best ATV, best animal and wagon, best youth, best go-cart/golf cart, best public service vehicle, and best decorated. The float best demonstrating the theme of the celebration will be awarded $100.
Immediately following the parade, bed races will be held through the center of town with a prize $150 for the winning team.
Evening activities will take place at the ballpark, beginning with a flag raising ceremony at 6:00 p.m. Games, including bouncy houses, will be at the ballpark for the enjoyment of all beginning at 6:15 – 9:00 p.m. Games and contests include an adult Wiffle Ball tournament, a watermelon eating contest, a pie eating contest, a watermelon seed spitting contest, duck pick-up, an egg toss, a water balloon toss, tug-of-war, and more.
Fireworks will be at 9:00 at the ballfield.
Sewanee – The theme for this year’s celebration is Sewanee Purple Mountain Majesty. The morning of the Fourth of July begins with music and song at the forty-third annual Flag Raising at Juhan Bridge in Abbo’s Alley. Scout Troop 114 will raise the flag while Sewanee Summer Music Festival’s brass quintet perform. Afterwards, there will be a potluck breakfast with coffee and juice provided. Registration and set up for the Sewanee Women’s Club Annual Cake Contest will be between 9:00 and 9:45 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for best tasting, best decorated, best representation of theme and best all-around cake.
The parade will begin at 2 p.m. Three trophies will be awarded in the following categories: best float (an entry is considered a float if it consists of a flatbed trailer being pulled by a vehicle); best-decorated vehicle; and best horse drawn entry. Ribbons will be given for best-decorated bicycle. Judging for the entries will begin at 1 p.m.
This year, the parade will be traveling downhill from Hall Street to the Sewanee Market. The lineup is in the parking lot behind Benedict Hall. This is the lot between Hall Street and Mississippi Avenue.