Fourth festivities: The city of Knoxville's annual Festival on the Fourth at World's Fair Park is set to start at 4 p.m. today; the event-ending fireworks go from 9:35 to 10 p.m. A few rules for the festival. Pets, alcohol, tents or tent canopies aren't allowed. A children's play area with free rides and activities is open until 8 p.m. WDVX's Freddy Smith and his "Patriotic Chicken," musician Sean McCollough and the Kidstuff Band will perform at 4 p.m. Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere follow at 5:15; the Dale Ann Bradley Band at 6:30. At 8 p.m., the Knoxville Symphony directed by Maestro Lucas Richman will perform the 29th annual Pilot Flying J Free Independence Day Concert. The free concert has a superhero theme with a tribute to "Superman" films plus lots of patriotic songs. Concert-goers are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Of course, wet weather is forecast. So stay tuned for any last-minute updates or changes. Visit the city's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofknoxville -- or www.knoxville.com or knoxnews.com, the News Sentinel's entertainment and news websites -- for any developments throughout the day today.
Celebrate in Norris: The Museum of Appalachia will mark the Fourth of July 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today. The museum will shoot the 175- pound anvil filled with gunpowder into the Norris sky at 11 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. The event also incorporates a flag-waving procession and Appalachian music. A 2 p.m. bell-ringing ceremony is part of a national event where more than 10,000 bells are rung in unison across America. At the museum, 13 young people, representing the original 13 colonies, will be picked to ring the bell. The museum is off Interstate 75's Exit 122. Fourth of July admission is $20 for adults, $10 for ages 12-17, $6 for ages 5-12 or a $50 family charge for two adults and two children ages 5-12.
In Farragut: The Town of Farragut's 26th annual Independence Day Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. today. The route goes from Kingston Pike at the Farragut High School entrance to Boring Road. During the parade, Kingston Pike is closed 8:30 a.m.-noon from Boring to Concord roads.
Pigeon Forge party: Pigeon Forge hosts its annual Patriot Festival at Patriot Park today. There's free admission. A play area for children and food vendors open at noon; music starts at 1:30 p.m. Performers include the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus and the gospel music of Shelby Huskey Band. Country music stars Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers headline the music at 8:30 p.m.; event- ending fireworks start at 9:45.
In Maryville: A musical salute to the East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard is 3-5 p.m. July 4 at Music Row of Maryville, 2808 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. Honor guard members are guests at the public benefit concert by Knoxville Songwriters Association members and other area musicians. Donations will be accepted for the honor guard. The guard's members provide free graveside services for honorably discharged East Tennessee veterans. WBCR Radio sponsors the musical salute.
New movies: Don't want to roll the dice on getting rained on at an outdoor event today? Three new movies open this week in Knoxville, including the family comedy "Despicable Me 2," stand-up comedy film "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain," and the big-screen adaptation of "The Lone Ranger." Check out www.knoxville.com for movie reviews and showtimes.
Sevierville road work: Next week in Sevierville, Monday through Thursday, be alert for nightly lane closures and lane shifts in both directions on State Route 66 between Knifeworks Lane and Huffacker Road, starting at 7 p.m., as crews install storm drains across the road. Short-duration traffic stops in both directions may occur daily Monday through Friday. For updated project information, visit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/highway66.
Fireworks with the Smokies: The Tennessee Smokies began a homestand with the Huntsville Stars and there is guaranteed to be fireworks - literally. There will be fireworks after Thursday night's game on the 4th. That game begins at 7:15 p.m. There will also be fireworks after the games on Friday and Saturday.
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