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July 4    12-4PM 

The annual Independence Day Celebration will take place on Tuesday July 4, 2017 at the Covered Bridge Park. Enjoy patriotic opening ceremonies, free concerts in the park, a patriotic bike parade for ages 18 and under and the Little Miss Firecracker Beauty Pageant. 

BIKE PARADE INFO: The Patriotic Bike Parade will take place immediately following the opening ceremonies (approximately 12:30 PM) beginning at the fountain area of the Covered Bridge Park. This short ride that is appropriate for all age groups will travel over the Broad St. Bridge, through the Covered Bridge and ending at the stage for winning announcements. 

Any type of cycle can be entered into the contest such as bicycles, scooters, wagons, etc. Anything NON-motorized. They should be decorated patriotically and judging will be based on creativity and looks. First, second and third places will receive trophies. 

“Miss Firecracker Pageant”  Tuesday, JULY 4th  atThe Covered Bridge Stage  $10 Entry Fee


Time: 2:00 (Please be at the stage to check in at 1:30)


For more information contact-Elizabethton Parks & Recreation 423-547-6441 Amy Simmons- Pageant Director Sponsored By: Dancer’s Dreams Performing Arts Academy



Pre-registration is recommended but not required. All entries must be turned in by 1:15 at the stage area July 4th.


 “Wee Miss Firecracker” Birth-2, “Tiny Miss Firecracker” Ages 3-5, “Little Miss Firecracker” Ages 6-10


“Junior Miss Firecracker” Ages 11-15, “Senior Miss Firecracker” Ages 16+




What to wear? Your best patriotic or red, white and blue attire.




 Covered Bridge Jams


Covered Bridge Jams is a FREE concert series that takes place on Saturday nights at Covered Bridge stage during the summer months from 7 PM - 9 PM. This series features top names in local music including country, bluegrass, gospel, classic rock and more. Last year hundreds of people came out to take part in this Parks and Recreation sponsored event while enjoying the beautiful view at scenic Covered Bridge Park. 

Several shops and restaurants are a short walk away to make a full event of your evening with us at Covered Bridge Jams.

 Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the tunes! 

Covered Bridge Jams 2017 Concert Schedule can be found under Annual Special Events.

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The City of Elizabethton
Parks and Recreation Department 

The Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities for the citizens of Elizabethton. With the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains and scenic rivers as a backdrop the Parks and Recreation Department now maintains seventeen recreational facilities throughout Elizabethton. Walking and bike trails, tennis courts, an outdoor aquatics facility, the Elizabethton Recreation Center, playground equipment, outdoor basketball and volleyball courts, picnic pavilions and thirteen athletic fields make up a unique blend of recreational opportunities for all ages.The Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department also offers a variety of athletic leagues and programs with more than 1,500 participants in leagues including Flag Football, Coed Volleyball, Kickball and Basketball. At the heart of the program and home to business offices is the Recreation Center, a facility that offers athletic leagues, dance and exercise classes, a conference room, meetings, private parties, community events, morning walking and more.


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