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City invites everyone to participate in “Knoxville’s Neighborhood Trails of Red, White and Blue”

It's an alternative to the city's usual Festival on the Fourth, which was canceled due to COVID-19.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Knoxville's usual Festival on the Fourth celebration has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the city is inviting everyone to celebrate the holiday in a different way.

The City of Knoxville is inviting everyone to participate in “Knoxville’s Neighborhood Trails of Red, White and Blue.”

Neighborhoods are encouraged to choose one or two streets and pitch in to decorate houses, porches, lawns, mailboxes, driveways, and even their family members with a patriotic theme.  

If you are participating, register with the city. The deadline to sign up your neighborhood group as a participant in the Neighborhood Trails of Red, White and Blue is Wednesday, June 10. 

People will be invited to drive by and enjoy the patriotic displays from Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5.  

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Judges and a caravan parade will also drive through the participating neighborhoods on Saturday, July 4, between 1:00 and 4:00 pm.  

“It is unfortunate that the Festival on the 4th had to be canceled this year because of the pandemic, but this is a fun, new way to celebrate that will create a sense of connectivity, while keeping everyone safe at the same time,” Mayor Indya Kincannon said.  “Our neighborhoods are so creative during the holidays and Knoxville Marathon weekend. I can’t wait to see what they come up with now!”

Neighborhoods joining in on the celebration include: 

  • Historic Fourth and Gill Neighborhood Organization: Portions of Gratz Avenue, Glenwood Avenue, Luttrell Avenue and Eleanor Avenue.
  • Historic Gibbs Drive Neighborhood Association: At the 2800 and 3100 blocks of Gibbs Drive off North Broadway.
  • Northwest Hills Subdivision: At Kingsmore Drive and Kinlock Lane.
  • Old North Knoxville Inc.: Portions of Oklahoma, Glenwood, Fremont, Kenyon, Scott off North Central Street.
  • RiverHill Gateway Neighborhood Association: At E. Hill Avenue and Hall of Fame Drive.
  • Robinson Ridge HOA: On Tori Road off Robinson Road.
  • Sherill Hills Retirement Resort: 271 Moss Grove Boulevard off Kingston Pike in Cedar Bluff. 
  • Southside Waterfront Neighborhood Association: Located on W. Blount Avenue, including 303 Flats and CityView at Riverwalk.
  • We Care Neighborhood Watch: Katey Spring, Tera Spring and Morgan Spring Way off Valley View Drive.

If you want to join in, register with Eden Slater at eslater@knoxvilletn.gov. You can get more information here.