Independence Day Celebration July 1 at Covered Bridge Park

Published 9:30 am Wednesday, June 7, 2023

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The City of Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department is excited to present the Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 1, at Covered Bridge Park beginning at 4 p.m. The afternoon is filled with fun and will lead into a fireworks finale to close out the evening, sponsored by Tour Carter County and the Elizabethton Chamber.
Food trucks will be available all day.
The afternoon will kick off with the Patriotic Pedal sponsored by Tour Carter County and the Elizabethton Chamber. This patriotic contest and bike parade invites participants to go all out decorating their bike with anything representing Independence Day. At 4 p.m. at Covered Bridge Park judges will first award top three “Best in Show” bikes, and then stick around for a special Patriotic Pedal Bike Parade consisting of a 4-mile ride around town, beginning and ending at Covered Bridge Park. (Other non-motorized vehicles are welcome to join in the fun by decorating tricycles, wagons, strollers, scooters, etc., and enter, as well. Participation is free and guests can register at
At 4:15 p.m., the Patriotic Pup Pageant sponsored by Riverside Tap House will take place at the Covered Bridge Park Stage. Have your pup put on their best patriotic attire such as shades, hat, bowtie or more and compete for top dog prizes! Registration is free and begins at 4 p.m.
The Annual Little Miss Firecracker Pageant will be presented beginning at 4:45 p.m. with trophies awarded in several age categories. Pre-registration is required and is currently on-going. Applications can be picked up at the Elizabethton Recreation Center or by calling Amy with Dancer’s Dreams Performing Arts Academy at (504) 392-9138. Afterwards, Dancer’s Dreams Performing Arts Academy will take the stage with special dance performances from all ages in several different styles of dance.
The evening will continue with Patriotic Opening Ceremonies with the raising of the flag, patriotic tributes, and more.
REO/Survivor (a REO and Survivor tribute band) will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. for a special free performance. This ultimate party band is a crowd favorite that you don’t want to miss!
A very special Fireworks Finale sponsored by Tour Carter County and the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce will close out the evening. Viewing areas will be around Covered Bridge Park and Downtown Elizabethton. Make sure to bring your blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the entire day of festivities and the big fireworks finale. Food trucks will be available throughout the day and evening.
To stay up to date, visit under the Parks and Recreation tab and on Facebook @elizabethtonparksandrecreation for future announcements, or for more information, please contact the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department at 423-547-6441.

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