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Diamond Rio is coming for 4th, but will Harris Park be ready?

Harris Park construction is in full swing, just a month before the Fourth of July, but most of the work is expected to be completed in time for the music festival that day.

June 7, 2019 – A big part of the annual Fourth of July celebration in Dunlap is an all-day live music festival at Harris Park. This year, less than a month before the event, Harris Park is a mess, but Mayor Dwain Land says all should be put to rights before Diamond Rio takes the stage.

Don't worry, we're going to have the event,” Mayor Land said recently.

Concrete is being poured this week, and sod is supposed to be laid in the area in front of the stage next week, but parts of the Harris Park Phase 2 improvements are not so sure, including the splash pad, restrooms, and farmer's market pavilion.

The plumbing and electrical are in, waiting on the concrete pad to be poured,” Land said. “The restrooms will probably not be ready in time. The splash pad is iffy. It's going to be close. It's all depending on the weather.”

The annual Fourth of July celebration in Dunlap is always a huge event, drawing people from Chattanooga and surrounding counties. For the past few years, a key part of the Fourth has been live music at Harris Park, after the parade through town.

This year the headliner is Diamond Rio, to take the stage at 7:30 that night.


The annual Fourth of July Parade will start at 9 a.m. CDT from the fairgrounds at Fredonia Road and Heard Street, traveling south on Rankin Avenue, then left on Cherry Street, circling by the courthouse and ending at Harris Park.

The theme this year is, “I Stand For The Flag, I Kneel For The Cross.” Anyone who wants to ride or walk in the parade is invited to line up prior to the starting time on Fredonia Road.

As the parade ends at Harris Park, the music is planned to begin at about 10:30 a.m., with Colonel Mustard & The Revolvers, who are scheduled to perform for two hours.

Subsequent acts are:

Fireworks will start after the music ends at 9 p.m., and any location around the courthouse or the park will give people a great view of the fireworks display.

I'm getting a lot of feedback,” Mayor Land said. “There is a lot of excitement about Diamond Rio. They're one of the most well-known groups coming to Dunlap. A lot of people are excited about it. I know I am!”

As far as the construction goes, Mayor Land is hoping most of it is done by then and the city does not have to rope off any areas that might still be in progress.

It's coming along really nicely,” he said. “It's right close to schedule. It's going to look really different by the end of next week.”

The city of Dunlap runs the music festival, but the Sequatchie County Rescue Squad manages the Fourth of July Parade and the concessions at the park on the Fourth benefit that non-profit organization.