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Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives Headline Pigeon Forge’s July Fourth Patriot Festival

Fireworks and family fun round out the Independence Day celebration.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 3, 2019) – Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives will headline Pigeon Forge’s 29th annual Patriot Festival on July 4 in the city’s Patriot Park. The free concert begins at 8:30 p.m. following an afternoon lineup of family-friendly events.

With a long list of hits that that includes “Hillbilly Rock,” “Tempted,” and “Cry! Cry! Cry!,” Stuart is a five-time Grammy Award winner, platinum recording artist, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Americana Music Association, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, photographer, musician, and songwriter. Since starting out singing gospel music as a child, Stuart has spent over four decades celebrating American roots music.

“Our Patriot Festival always brings a great crowd and a great artist to Pigeon Forge, and Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives certainly fit the bill,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. “Folks can celebrate the Fourth of July with us as we end the night with an incredible fireworks display following Marty’s show.”

This free festival takes place in Pigeon Forge’s Patriot Park. Festivities begin at 2 p.m. with a free kids’ carnival. Onstage entertainment starts at 4 p.m. and will continue  into the night. The fireworks display starts at approximately 9:45 p.m.

The afternoon entertainment lineup also includes the Tom Petty tribute band Free Fallin, Whiskey Icarus, the Brad Hudson Band, the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus and the annual veterans tribute.

Patriot Festival guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Umbrellas, tents, and coolers are not permitted. Food vendors will be available. Free parking is provided at the Teaster Lane Municipal parking lot, and a free shuttle operates every 20 minutes between the lot and  festival site.

Additional information regarding the festival and Pigeon Forge can be found at or by calling 800-251-9100.


Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives photo available for download here. Both photos courtesy of Marty Stuart.

About Pigeon Forge: Pigeon Forge is located in East Tennessee, approximately 35 miles from Knoxville and McGhee-Tyson Airport. Two-thirds of the nation’s population east of the Mississippi River lives within a day’s drive, making it an easily accessible family vacation destination. The city’s neighbor is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S. It also is home to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, Tennessee’s most-visited ticketed attraction. More information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge are available at or toll-free at 1-800-251-9100.


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Grand Ole Opry Stars Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers Headline Pigeon Forge’s Patriot Festival

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 19, 2013) – Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers will deliver some of the tightest family harmonies in the music industry before the night sky lights up with July 4 fireworks at Patriot Festival in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Patriot Festival is a free, city-sponsored afternoon and evening of music, kids’ games, food vendors and, of course, a spectacular pyrotechnic show. The towering ridges of Great Smoky Mountains National Park provide the backdrop for the event.

Larry, Steve and Rudy Gatlin won their first talent contest in 1954 in their hometown of Abilene, Texas, when they were ages six, four and two.

Since then, they have recorded a major string of hits – including the No. 1 single “Broken Lady” – and performed around the world. They became members of the Grand Ole Opry in 1976.

Patriot Festival will fill Patriot Park in the heart of Pigeon Forge. Other musical performers are Hotel California “A Salute to the Eagles,” the country and gospel Shelby Huskey Band and the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus.

A kids’ play area and food vendors open at noon, and the music begins at 1:30 p.m. The Gatlins’ appearance is at 8:30 p.m., and the fireworks start at 9:45 p.m.

The 20-minute fireworks show, one of Tennessee’s largest for Independence Day, will be visible throughout Pigeon Forge, and Knoxville radio station WIVK-FM will broadcast a soundtrack to accompany the show.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and sunscreen. Proceeds from sales at the various food vendors support local non-profit organizations.

Handicapped parking will be available at Patriot Park. Other parking will be at the city’s parking facility on Teaster Lane. Guests who park there can hop a free Fun Time Trolley to the festival or walk the Pigeon Forge Greenway along the Little Pigeon River to Patriot Park.

Information about all aspects of visiting Pigeon Forge is available online at or by calling toll-free to 1-800-251-9100.


Tom Adkinson