Enjoy a Patriotic Vacation in Scenic Pigeon Forge
By Jon Hoffman © 2011, All Rights Reserved

With the kids out of school and another summer stretching ahead, now is a great time to take the family and get away for a few days. And there's no better excuse for a short vacation than Independence Day. Pigeon Forge Tennessee offers a spectacular starting point for a holiday celebration that includes festivals, a kid-friendly theme park, and enough stunning scenery to thrill the nature lover in you. Whether you stay for a weekend or a week, there's plenty for the entire family to see and do around Pigeon Forge.

Outdoor Entertainment for the Whole Family

Nothing says "Independence Day" with more enthusiasm than the Patriot Festival in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The 21st annual event, held – where else? – in Patriot Park promises to be a real crowd pleaser. The festival offers something for everyone from young to old, with a Kid's Karnival to keep the little ones entertained, a delicious assortment of food, and a variety of musical acts taking to the stage throughout the day.

Witness the British invasion all over again when the Beatles tribute band, The Return, revive the favorites of your youth. For country fans, up-and-coming star Randy Montana is a sure winner, while lovers of more traditional bluegrass sounds will enjoy local musicians as well. Topping off the festival is the award-winning group, Restless Heart. Bring your blanket and settle in for a day of outdoor fun and live entertainment sure to please your entire family.

No patriotic event is complete without a spectacular display of fireworks, and Pigeon Forge is happy to oblige. Set against the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains, the brilliant colors of this earth-shaking display will remind everyone of the reason we celebrate this important occasion.

Family-Friendly Fun at Dollywood

For the youngsters, Dollywood offers a vacation they'll never forget. From mid-June to early August, Pigeon Forge's most famous attraction welcomes the Gazillion Bubble Show, featuring amazing bubble magic to thrill kids of all ages. You'll be spellbound by the stunning masterpieces these artists create from little more than water and soap, and the kids will be mesmerized by the dazzling special effects.

Dollywood provides entertainment for everyone in your family, so plan to spend at least a day enjoying all the park has to offer. For the more daring in your group, a ride on the Tennessee Tornado is sure to get the heart pumping, and the Sky Zip gives a bird's-eye view of the park to more adventurous visitors. Or spend some time reliving the days of old in The Village, where an old-fashioned country fair brings back memories of a time before cell phones and video games. Finally, beat the afternoon heat at Splash Country, where you can plunge down the twisting slides of Wild River Falls, or challenge the kids to a race down Slick Rock Racer.

The scenic mountain paradise surrounding Pigeon Forge has plenty to offer travelers this – and every – Fourth of July. You and your family will find an endless array of festivals, concerts, food, and fun to keep you entertained. From theme-park fantasy to traditional music, everyone in your group will find something to love about Pigeon Forge.

Jon Hoffman is Reservations Manager of Volunteer Cabin Rentals specializing in Pigeon Forge cabins. Visit the main website to book cabins for your next Pigeon Forge Vacation.