Top 5 parks for Fourth of July

June 30, 2016  |  Permalink


This weekend marks the 240th anniversary of Independence Day. All across the country, people will dawn their red, white and blue and mark the birth of our nation with BBQs and fireworks. If you’re looking for a place to celebrate with friends and family, look no further than Tennessee State Parks.


Top 5 parks for celebrating the Fourth of July


Paris Landing State Park

Paris Landing State Park, located in northwest Tennessee, has planned a night of music and lights on July 4. Bring your family and friends out to the lawn at the large shelter at 5pm on July 4. A DJ will be playing music there leading up to the start of the fireworks at 9:00pm. The park is in a perfect place to see the display as the shells burst with color over Kentucky Lake. The restaurant will be open, as will the patio bar next to the lake on the bottom floor of the inn.


Pickwick Landing State Park

Located 30 minutes northeast of Corinth, Mississippi, Pickwick Landing is one of our top destinations for July 4. The major event is the firework show at 9pm on Monday, but the park is also a great place to take advantage of the long weekend and stay a couple of days. Whether you’re interested in boating, golfing, fishing or just laying out and enjoying the sun, this park has something to offer everybody. Stop in the restaurant to cool off and grab a bite to eat.


Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Experience July 4 the way it was originally celebrated (muskets and all). Sycamore Shoals was home to Fort Watauga, a Revolutionary War garrison on the colonial frontier. Come walk among historical characters and hear their varied reactions to the Declaration, from fear of war to the hope of a brighter future. This living history celebration will take place on Saturday; the muster will continue until 3:00 PM on Sunday.


Rock Island State Park

Located just south of Cookeville, Tennessee, Rock Island State Park is a great place to enjoy Fourth of July. In addition to their waterfalls and swimming holes, they have a whole list of activities planned for the weekend. Come cool off in the water and stick around to enjoy a screening of Finding Nemo, a guided canoe float on the Caney or an ice cream making demonstration. While there aren’t any fireworks allowed at the park, there are several displays planned in the surrounding area. Park staff can help you navigate to one of those destinations.


Posted by Roan Mountain State Park on Monday, June 29, 2015
Roan Mountain State Park

Nothing says “July 4 Celebration” quite like a checkers tournament. Join us on July 2 at Roan Mountain to celebrate the holiday the old-fashioned way. The park will host a bicycle parade, field games, watermelon-eating contest and a checkers match. It’s fun for all ages in one of the prettiest mountain destinations you’ve ever seen. After the celebration, make sure you drive up to Carvers Gap to step foot on the Appalachian Trail.



Enjoy the Holiday


Some 240 years ago, America started out on a great journey of freedom and independence. It is now our privilege to celebrate that journey. We hope you have a fun and safe weekend, and will consider joining us at one of our parks. To see a full list of parks with activties this weekend, CLICK HERE


Please Note: Unless apporval is otherwise given at the park level, we do not allow fireworks within the park. Firework shows at Pickwick Landing and Paris Landing are shot at areas close to the park, and are visible from the lakefront. For the official rule on fireworks at our parks, CLICK HERE

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