Cumberland City, TN – On Saturday, Cumberland City held a their annual Lighting Up the Cumberland event which serves as the official 4th of July celebration for Stewart and Houston Counties. Lighting up the Cumberland draws 10,000 to 15,000 people to the small Stewart County town each year. The event has a festival feel with arts and craft vendors and food merchants lining both of the main roads through this small Middle Tennessee city.
Small town charms abound such as a local politicians who were on hand giving away free fans, and glasses of ice water or lemonade to the attendees. Other fun events included a tractor and antique engine show, and a Motorcycle and Car Show. A kids carnival was added this year and was a very popular destination in spite of the 100+ degree heat. In addition to carnival rides, there were camel rides, pig races, and a petting zoo. A $10 bracelet gave the kids unlimited rides, and the camel rides were just $5.00 each.
The Live music kicked off at at noon and continued until the first firework shell was shot off just before 9:00pm, to warn people of the impending light and sound extravaganza. The group Cumberland River Review had people young and old dancing in the streets to their mix of Bluegrass and Country music.
Over $15,000 worth of fireworks were fired off into the dark summer sky from an Ingram Barge Company barge that was tied off on the far side of the river. I always love fireworks shows that take place over water; it seems to enhance the sound of the blasts. The reflection of the lights on the water was also quite beautiful.
The best part about the event is the price of admission, which is totally free. The cost of the fireworks are funded solely through donations. Cumberland City puts on a spectacular Independence Day Celebration. If you have never been, it’s well worth the trip. Come out for a day filled with delicious food and great music and best of all one that ends with a bang. Hope to see you there next year!
Clarksville’s Independence Day Celebration Tonight
The City of Clarksville’s 4th of July Festivities kick off tonight at 6:00pm. The musical lineup includes Local performer Tina Brown will provide live music throughout the evening, followed by Mike Bryant and fireworks for the Grand Finale! In addition to musical entertainment, vendors will offer a variety of favorite foods, including kettle corn, hotdogs, smoothies, homemade ice cream, cheesecake on a stick, shaved ice, schnitzel and more.
Fort Campbell’s Independence Day Celebration to be held on the 4th of July
Fort Campbell’s awesome show will be held on Independence Day and it is more than worth the trouble of getting a visitor’s pass. You must present a valid drivers license and proof of insurance. Everyone over the age of 16 must also present an id to get on the Army post. Come out early to get a great spot, and to fully enjoy the fair, 101st Parachute Demonstration Team, the Salute to the States, and a free concert featuring the 101st Airborne Division Rock Band, and the best fireworks show in the area!