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Parade, bands, celebrities, fireworks to light up the 4th
Karen House
June 22, 2018, 11:30 p.m.

Scene from the 2017 Dunlap Fourth of July fireworks display.

June 22, 2018 – The city of Dunlap will be packed with area residents and hundreds of visitors for the big, annual Independence Day celebration. Wednesday, July 4, a day packed with events will start off with the Fourth of July Parade, organized by the Sequatchie County Rescue Squad.

This year, the theme is “Faith and Freedom” for the parade, which starts at 9 a.m. CDT. Anyone wanting to participate in the parade is invited to show up at the starting point on Fredonia Road next to the Sequatchie County Fairgrounds. No loud cars, nudity, or vulgarity allowed in the parade, and anyone riding a 4-wheeler or motorcycle should wear a helmet.

Rankin Avenue and Cherry Street will be closed to traffic as the parade makes its way from Fredonia Road down Rankin Avenue to Cherry Street. Turning left there and left again on Spring Street, it will end at Harris Park.


At 10:30 a.m., the 4th Annual Fourth of July Free Music Festival starts on the stage at Harris Park. It will feature John Schneider, who played “Bo” on the TV show, Dukes of Hazard. Fans can ask for autographs and see the General Lee.

The schedule for the music fest is:

  • 10:30 -12:30 Carolina Calling
  • 1--2 Shawn Cooley & Time Truck
  • 2:30-3:30 Stallion Band
  • 3:30-5:30 Autographs with John Schneider
  • 4-5 Zachary Paul Band
  • 5:30-7:30 Cody McCarver

A limited amount of VIP seating is available for the music festival for $15. Call 949-2115 for information.

A spectacular fireworks show starts at 9:15 p.m., easily seen from the park or the Courthouse Square.

Now through July 4, fireworks are available for sale from the Sequatchie County Rescue Squad at the rescue squad building on Rankin Avenue, and from the Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department at the trailer on Main Street behind Taco Bell. Fireworks sales benefit these two volunteer community organizations.