Dollywood Celebrates End of Summer with Labor Day Fun

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (August 22, 2016) —Dollywood plans an exciting Labor Day weekend designed to help guests send summer off with a bang—literally. Visitors will have plenty to keep them entertained during the three-day period with fireworks shows, a Christian rock music festival, an annual promotion which is now a tradition for East Tennesseans and the end of the season for Dollywood’s Splash Country.

The fun begins Saturday, Sept. 3 with Rock the Smokies—a Christian rock music festival—which features a number of top artists including platinum-selling Newsboys and Grammy winner For King & Country. With hit singles and chart-topping music from I Am They, We Are Messengers, 7eventh Time Down, and Stars Go Dim, the performance lineup does not disappoint.

Festival tickets for the Rock the Smokies concerts are going quickly with three shows at 1, 4, and 7 p.m. inside Dollywood’s Celebrity Theater. Festival tickets provide admission to Dollywood, as well as concert entry at the selected show time. VIP packages also are available and include assorted merchandise, early ride time on one of Dollywood’s thrilling roller coasters, photos with the artists, and much more! For more information, visit rockthesmokies.com or call 1-855-484-1991.

Dollywood guests also can enjoy a fabulous fireworks finale on both Saturday and Sunday evenings. Park hours will be extended to 9 p.m. both days, giving families a few extra hours to enjoy the end of summer. The spectacular fireworks show is produced by Pyro Shows, the same company responsible for Dollywood’s Nights of Many Colors throughout the park’s summer season.

Those looking for one last way to cool off from the summer heat should consider heading to the refreshing water slides and attractions found at Dollywood’s Splash Country. The award-winning water park celebrates its final days of the season on Labor Day weekend, with the park closing on Monday, Sept. 5.

Finally, the end of summer means lucky listeners to Knoxville’s WIVK radio can bring their wristbands for free admission to either Dollywood or Dollywood’s Splash Country on Monday, Sept. 5. By Labor Day, more than $360,000 of free wristband admissions will have been dispersed at locations across East Tennessee.

For more information about all of the activities during a busy Labor Day weekend at Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country, please visit www.dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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About The Dollywood Company:   A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of nearly 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 25 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today and TripAdvisor recognized Dollywood as a top 20 worldwide theme park in 2015. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region.  Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s most beautiful waterparks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.

Media Contacts:

Pete Owens: Director of Communications, (865) 428-9486, (865) 755-7972 or powens@dollywood.com

Wes Ramey: Public Relations Manager, (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or wramey@dollywood.com

Amber Davis: Publicist, (865) 428-9601, (865) 591-1002 or aldavis@dollywood.com

Ellen Liston, Publicist, (865) 428-9629, (865) 919-7001 or eliston@dollywood.com