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July 4th activities and parades

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 8:40 am

Coalmont ParadeGruetli-Laager – The parade line up on July 4 will be at the Piggly Wiggly at 10:00 a.m. with the parade beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m. Parade winners will be announced at noon at the Volunteer Park. There will be a greased pig competition at 12:30 with three age divisions. Trophies will be awarded to winners in each group. Gruetli-Laager Fire Department will host their annual mud bog at 3:00 p.m. with a cash prize going to the top driver. Karaoke will take place on the stage from 5:30-7:00 p.m. R&B hip hop artist CIMA will perform at 7:00 p.m. Fireworks will take to the sky at dark at the Volunteer Park. Jamie Guffey (DJ Vegas) will host a ‘Block Party’ from 10:00-11:00 p.m.
All day activities to include musical entertainment by DJ Vegas, food and craft vendor tents set up, watermelon eating contest for all ages, a greasy pole climb with a cash prize at the top, musical chairs, an in park patriotic scavenger hunt, and an ice-cream eating contest with very limited participants. Also, Matt Meeks will be hosting his 3D Archery Shoot all day on the softball fields adjacent to the Volunteer Park. All activities are free to the public.
Vendors are needed to set up food and activities. Please contact Mayor Broom at 779-3277 for more information.
Tracy City – The town of Tracy City invites you to celebrate America 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. Ribbons and Best Over- All Trophy will be awarded at the Mini-Park after the parade. All businesses, churches, youth groups, clubs, sports teams and political candidates, etc. are encouraged to participate. A street dance with Dry Creek will be held from 7:00–11:00 p.m. Fireworks will be on July 5 beginning at 9:00 p.m. at the ballpark.
Beersheba Springs – Parade line up will be at 9:00 a.m. at Cumberland Baptist Church with the parade beginning at 10:00 a.m. First, second and third place trophies will be given in the following categories: Best Float, Best General Entry, Best Classic Vehicle, Best ATV, and Best Horse and Rider.
Trophies and winners will be announced in front of the Beersheba Hotel. Fireworks will be at dark at the ball field.
Altamont – The town of Altamont invites you to join their Fourth of July “God Bless the USA” parade and celebration on July 4. The parade line up will start at noon in the parking lot of North Elementary School and the parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. The parade will travel from the school down Highway 56 and turn onto Highway 50 and go to the ballpark. The Best Float award is $200 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place. There will be first, second, and third place trophies for Best Classic Car (1988 or older), Best Classic Truck (1988 or older), Horses, 4 wheelers, and bicycles. There will be a corn- hole tournament with cash prizes of $50 for first place, $25 for second place, and $15 for third place. Bouncy houses, a dunking booth, and concession stand will be open. Live music provided by The Georgia Ramblers Band starting at 6:00 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dark.
Monteagle – July 4 Parade “Hats off to America” registration and line up will be at 9:00 a.m. behind the Smoke House. Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. First place trophies will be given out in the following categories: most patriotic, best float, best car/truck, best use of theme, best animal, best ATV, best animal and wagon, best go cart/ golf cart, best public service vehicle, best youth, and best decorated. Dedication of National Trail of Tears sign will be held at the corner of Highway 41 and College Street at 1:00 p.m. Harton Park’s events will begin at 1:00 p.m. with kickoff of festivities, dedication of Bench in Park, fun in the park, blow-ups, music, and food. Hard Times band will be performing from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Harton Park. Fireworks will begin at dark at the ball field.
July 5th between Modern Dave’s and Mountain Goat Market from 2:00-7:00 p.m. Fun and Fit – activities for the kids sponsored by Mountain Goat Trail Alliance together with Tenacity, Modern Dave’s and Mountain Goat Market.
Sewanee – The “Razzle Dazzle Fourth of July” celebration will begin with a Street Dance July 3 at 8 p.m. with the Stagger Moon Band at the Sewanee Market. Fourth of July events will begin at 8 a.m. with the forty-second annual Flag Raising at Junan Bridge in Abbo’s Alley. Scout Troop 114 will raise the flag while The Sewanee Summer Music Festival’s brass quintet performs. Afterwards, there will be a potluck breakfast with coffee and juice provided. The Arts and Crafts Fair will open at 9 a.m. in Shoup Park. Registration for the Fourth of July Cake Contest will be from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Blue House. Prizes will be awarded for best decorated, best tasting, and best representation of the theme. Also, a best of show award will win a $100 gift certificate and get to ride in the parade. There will be a youth level for ages 12 and under and an adult level. Winners will be announced at noon at the Blue House.
The Cat’s Meow show will begin at 9:15 a.m. in Manigault Park. Vendors will begin selling food and drinks at 10 a.m. along University Avenue. Registration for The Fourth of July Mutt show is at 9 a.m. in Manigault Park and show begins at 10 a.m. The dunking booth, children’s games, face painting, and the fortune teller will be from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the American Legion Hall.
The Sewanee Choral will perform at 11:30 a.m. at the viewing stand on front of the University Bookstore. Ray Gotko will perform a Carillon Recital at 1:00 p.m. at All Saint’s Chapel.
At 1 p.m. the second annual Pie-Eating contest will begin in Guerry Garth. Contestants will compete for $100 in cash, gift certificates, and other prizes. Sign up fee will be $5.
The Sewanee Fourth of July parade begins at 2 p.m. starting at the Sewanee Market and ending at the hospital. Floats should be at Lake O’Donnell Road at 1 p.m. and bicyclist at Woody’s Bike Shop at 1:30 p.m. For more information contact Heather Walsh at (678) 617-0505 or email
The Air Show will take place at 3:30 p.m., weather permitting. The Sewanee Summer Music Festival students and faculty will perform at 7 p.m. at the Guerry Auditorium. Jason and Michelle will perform at 7 p.m. Fireworks show will begin after dark at Lake Cheston.