Top 7 Things to Do in the Great Smoky Mountains in July

Summer in the Smoky Mountains is a magical time of year, especially in the month of July. With gorgeous weather, clear blue skies and the forests filled with wildlife, there is a reason July that is the most popular month to explore the Appalachian area. With so much to do it can be difficult to choose your July adventure. Luckily, we have a list of the top seven things for you to try in the month of July.

  1. Dollywood Summer Celebration 

    With delicious food, fun and sweets, the Dollywood Summer Celebration is the quintessential July in the Smokies event. Lasting all month long this celebration of the season is perfect for your whole group to enjoy together. Drone and fireworks shows light up the sky by night, while bubbles float in the air during the day. Enjoy roller coaster rides and Dolly’s famous food all while enjoying flowers and the summer air.

  2. Gatlinburg – First Independence Day Parade in the Nation

    Known as one of “The Top Ten Parades To See In The U.S.” this fourth of July spectacle is sure to wow you. Gatlinburg is proud of this event as it was the first fourth of July parade ever. Witness an old tradition and take part in the festivities of the day by meeting the Harlem Globetrotters, watching the parade and enjoying breathtaking fireworks.

  3. Tennessee Smokies Game 

    What defines an Appalachian summer more than a Tennessee Smokies baseball game? The month of July is a busy time for the team and with many games taking place right in Smokies Stadium you and your group will love the classic experience of grabbing a hotdog, Coke and a front row seat to enjoy the greatest American pastime. 

  4. Wilderness At The Smokies 

    What’s more fun than a day at the Wilderness at the Smokies waterpark? A discounted day of course! The month of July is as hot as it gets but that just means you can spend even more time in the water. With lower prices all through the month of July, Wilderness at the Smokies is a great place to cool off and enjoy refreshing water in the summer heat. 

  5. Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales 

    Musicians, storytellers and cloggers, oh my! The Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales festival is an exciting and memorable occasion. As a strolling street performance, this event isn’t something most people have the chance to experience. So don’t miss out on it during your July stay in the Smokies.

  6. Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta 

    Get creative this July by entering The Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta. Enter your very own original float or a rubber duck and see how fast they travel down the river. You can compete for trophies in categories like Treasure, Duck and Most Creative Float or participate as a spectator from the river’s edge. Either way you will love this unique experience.

  7. Wild West Music Fest 

    If country music is your jam you’ve come to the right place! The Wild West Music Fest is the best event for up and coming artists around the country. Every year musicians like Noah Hicks, Kelsey Hart and Graham Barham come together to put on a show every Friday night in the month of July. 


July is a busy month in the Great Smoky Mountains. Between festivals, sports and music you will have a lot to choose from. When you are booking your stay we recommend renting from Smoky Mountain Chalet Rentals, one of the most highly rated cabin rental companies around. Enjoy summer in the Smokies and stay in comfort, especially in the exciting month of July!