The hot, summer weather is officially here which means July 4th is right around the corner! Why settle for just one round of firework shows when you can pack in multiple events for 4th of July this summer? This year looks different than previous years, but that doesn't mean the celebration is going to be any less. We encourage you to practice social distancing and take the appropriate measures recommended by the CDC and TN Pledge while participating in the fun.

Where can I watch fireworks this year? 
On July 4th, 2020 at 9:30 p.m., Athens Regional Park will be hosting a high-altitude show that can be seen from an expanded area around the park in order to ensure social distancing. Due to the nature of the show and the potential for a heavy traffic, the park will be closed to traffic and people all day on July 4th, including during the firework show. Think of this as a drive-in theater for fireworks! The City of Athens will be releasing more details closer to July 4th. 

What other events are happening? 
Nothing says 4th of July like a day (or evening) out on the water. Book a sightseeing tour with Southern Belle Riverboat to enjoy the weekend and take advantage of unlimited soda and popcorn! You can also book a family-friendly train ride with Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and scope out fireworks while riding in a historic train car. Click here to book your trip. Enjoy the 3-day River Market July 4th Weekend at the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, featuring music, vendors, food trucks, added outdoor seating along the Tennessee River and living historians from the new Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center.

If you're looking for a way to get active, run a virtual 5K, half marathon or a 24-hour ultra race to see how many miles you can collect in the span of 24 hours. Click here to sign up and learn more about how you can participate July 3-5.

If ultra races and train rides aren't your thing, maybe a nice meal out on your favorite restaurant's patio with a drink in your hand is. Check out 14 of the best restaurants in Chattanooga with outdoor seating by clicking here