The Fourth of July is a time for celebration and family fun – and Tennessee State Parks are offering a variety of ways to spend Independence Day. As you make plans for tomorrow's statewide festivities and the coming weekend, consider the recreational quality and outstanding value of Tennessee State Parks. From hiking and swimming to patriotic concerts and pontoon cruises – most activities are free and there’s something for every age. We've added some additional items of interest for your review as well.
Tennessee State Parks Events
Learn more about what's in store this Fourth of July at a state park in your area by visiting www.tnstateparks.com/events. Listed below are some of the highlights:
· July 4 -- Cumberland Mountain State Park's 4th Annual 4th of July Parade
· July 4 -- Fall Creek Falls' Fourth of July Celebration
· July 4 -- Fort Pillow State Park's Independence Day Celebration
· July 4 -- Paris Landing State Park Independence Day Celebration (concert and fireworks included)
· July 4 -- Pickwick Landing State Park's Annual Fireworks Display
· July 4-7 -- Natchez Trace State Park's July 4th Weekend (Sunset Pontoon Trips slated for July 6)
· July 7 -- Davy Crockett Birthplace Independence Day Celebration
· July 7 -- Lake Trail Night Hike at Long Hunter State Park (7 p.m.)
Other Items of Interest:
Our friends over at the Tennessee Historical Commission would like to remind you about the grand re-opening of the Wynnewood State Historic site, which is slated for Wednesday, July 4, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Located at 210 Old Highway 25 East in Castalian Springs, the state-owned historic site has been under renovation since a devastating EF3 tornado in 2008 severely damaged the site.
Finally, Tennessee State Parks system has issued a temporary ban on backcountry campfires in all state parks due to dry weather conditions that could increase the potential for wildfire hazards. The back country campfire ban is effective immediately and will remain in place until further notice. Campers can still build campfires and use charcoal to cook their meals, as long as they are inside an appropriate fire ring or designated grill area in designated campground facilities (not in backcountry areas). Attached are some great fire safety tips for campers.