July 2, 2012 - The nation will celebrate America's 236th birthday on Wednesday and the City of Knoxville is doing its part with an old-fashioned Festival on the Fourth, presented by OneMain Financial.
Festivities get underway at 2 p.m. with a Patriotic Bike Parade for ages 3 to 12 at World's Fair Park, where most of the day's activities will take place.
Pre-registration for the bike parade is suggested at www.cityofknoxville.org/bikeparade.pdf.
Parking for the day is free at all downtown parking garages, and ADA parking is available at Fort Kid. World's Fair Park Drive will be closed at 1 p.m.; the Clinch Avenue viaduct will close at 2.
City officials are asking the public to follow these restrictions:
The public is encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and plenty of sunscreen. The event will be held rain or shine.
The daylong festival will feature the Regal Star-Spangled Kids Zone with inflatables, a giant slide, face painting and more. At approximately 7:30 p.m. the Tennessee Air National Guard will perform a KC-135 Military Flyover in a tribute to the Armed Forces. Afterward, brave members of the Knoxville Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff's Office will take part in a dramatic presentation over the skies at World's Fair Park.
This year's Festival will also include a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the World's Fair. For a complete list of activities and the music lineup, go to: www.cityofknoxville.org/4th.
Fourth Festival sponsors are: OneMain Financial, Pilot, Regal, WBIR, Kroger, Tennova, WDVX, WOKI, Knoxville News Sentinel, Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, Hosenfeld Chiropractic and Wood Printing.