August is Celebrate Freedom! month in Pigeon Forge. The city takes this opportunity to show its fine Southern hospitality by recognizing and honoring some very important people in this great country we live in…the military, both active duty and veterans, and the first responders, including police, firefighters, and paramedics. It is a small way of saying “Thank You” for their service and sacrifices but yet a great big way to welcome these heroes to the Smokies! One of the things our family noticed on our very first visit to Pigeon Forge was the respect and recognition paid to our country’s military. In most every show, a moment is taken to honor these past and present heroes. What a great way for our kids to see this sign of respect and realize that there are people fighting for our country’s freedom every minute of every day!
Throughout the month, these great heroes receive discounts at area businesses. If you are in the military or a first responder, stop by the Pigeon Forge Welcome Center when you arrive in town and show a valid ID/proof of service to receive your benefits. The discounts are valid from August 1- 31, 2017. Over 65 area businesses are showing their appreciation including lodging, dining, attractions, entertainment, as well as shopping. Here are a just a few of these great discounts– 40% off a one day admission to Dollywood, complimentary admission to the Titanic Museum, 25% all rooms at Inn at Christmas Place, 20% off at Mama’s Farmhouse, 25% off entire ticket at Reagan’s House of Pancakes, $15 off each adult ticket in your party and kids 12 and under are free at Country Tonite Theatre, and 10% off while you shop in Old Mill Square.
Other great activities going on in August:
August 5th will be a busy day in Pigeon Forge. Stringtime in the Smokies and the 8th annual Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament will take place in Old Mill Square. Festivities will begin at 11 am and evening concerts will begin at 7 pm. Some of the best bluegrass music around will hit the stage, so bring along your lawn chairs and enjoy this free event. Later that night, Titanic Museum Attraction will be hosting “Titanic Movie Under the Stars.” It will be a free showing of the Titanic movie outside on the big screen. Pre show will begin at 8:30 pm with movie beginning at 9 pm. Don’t miss this fun-filled day!
Pigeon Forge will also host the annual Veteran’s Homecoming Parade. This event will take place on Saturday, August 19th at 9 am and will follow a route along the Parkway between traffic lights #8 and #5. The parade will be followed by a free concert by James Rogers at the Country Tonite Theatre beginning at 1 pm. If you are in town, go out and show your support to these heroes!
Solar Eclipse in Pigeon Forge will be on August 21st in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It will be the first total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years. The eclipse is expected to make its way through the area around 2:30 pm so be sure to head over to the park and get your perfect viewing spot early. NASA will be streaming the eclipse live from Clingman’s Dome. Don’t miss this piece of history!
The 5th annual Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion will close out the month. The event will take place on August 25-26th at the LeConte Center and will run from 9 am -3 pm each day. There will be a fun kick off party and after parties at Hard Rock Cafe and Dick’s Last Resort on Friday evening. If you are a Jeep lover, you will want to check out this event.
Celebrate Freedom and more with a visit to Pigeon Forge before this summer comes to an end!!
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