Gatlinburg hosted their parade known as the "first in the nation" at midnight on the Fourth of July.
Thousands of spectators staked out their spots early Tuesday afternoon by setting up chairs along the parade route.
Groups from all over the country and beyond took part in the parade, including a teen band from Ontario, Canada.
"Oh it's a great honor. It's actually my first time ever doing a midnight parade, so that's a very special opportunity to do that, and I hear there's going to be about 100,000 people watching the parade so that's a huge honor for the entire band," said Steve Kariatsumari.
Several members of the legendary World War II fighter pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen were the grand marshals of the parade.
City officials say more than 100,000 people watched the midnight parade.