I hope everyone had a happy Fourth of July. It has always been one of my favorite holidays but also one of my most exhausting ones. For most people this means a great day to cook out, spend time on the lake, pool or go for a nice hike in this great land that we are free to live in.
For me this day means about 15 events to hit all before the fireworks hit. I’ll only talk about a few but remember if you want to know all the events I go to make sure you tune in to Real News Talk 92.3 Friday nights at 7, they are ever so grateful to have me on so I can talk about all the great things our city has to offer every week.
But for now the 4th of July!! I started my morning at the Farragut Independence Parade with over 60 of my closest friends. From Mayfield Dairy, to new candidates like Jim Wheeler running for Circuit Court Clerk who we haven’t really seen any where yet. Mayoral Candidates, Glenn Jacobs, and Bob Thomas, along with Roger Kane who hasn’t officially announced yet but is running hard for Knox County Clerk. We had State Representative Jason Zackary and State Senator Becky Duncan Massey. Both Knox County Sheriff Candidates Lee Tramel and Tom Spangler to my sons Favorite Chick Fil A. This parade gets bigger every year and the town of Farragut isn’t scared of a little bit of rain. This parade is great because you can not throw anything from your float or cars,this way if anyone is giving out a treat you have to do it the old fashioned way and hand it out! Everything was given out from my favorite the popsicles to candy to even frisbees.
If you were quick enough after the Farragut Parde some of our local candidates zoomed off to another great parade the Powell Parade. This one you are allowed to throw candy or even nail files so bring your hard hat but also this parade had old fashion cars and of course the purple tow trucks or like every kid now call them maders. After the Powell Parade, Powell has a secret not a lot of people know about and that’s their Powell Fourth of July celebration at the splash pad. Dear Lord the free food and fun that was had there I should scream it from the roof top next year this is an event you do not want to miss.
The party wasn’t over after the splash pad it was time to gear up and go to the World’s Fair site for fireworks and some more of Knoxville’s great community events. With live music going on pretty much all day long and bumping into everyone you know this event is perfect for your chill personality especially if you just want to grab a spot on the grass and lay and relax. Once the night starts to fall the fireworks started and although I’ll forever miss Boomsday because I’ve grown up with it all my life, this fireworks show was still one of the best. You could see it from everywhere but truth be told I think South Knoxville had the best seats in the house.
Knoxville is great about keeping us busy and enjoying our city on holidays, it’s one of the reasons I love this city so much.