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. 

Where can I watch fireworks this year? 

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 seeing fireworks around the city from the water! 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 Chattanooga Market's Red, White, and Blueberry-themed market on July 4. Hear music from Sweet Georgia Sound and buy goodies from local artisans and craftsmen. 

If you're looking to get artsy, book your evening with Painting with a Twist at their Firework Blacklight Event. Grab your friends (+18), paint a piece by a local artist, and...BYOB. Snacks are also welcome. 

Head over to Chattanooga Theatre Center for a Star-Spangled Picnic! It’s a brand new way to celebrate Independence Day and support the CTC at the same time. Enjoy BBQ by Sugar’s, music by the Premiere Jazz Orchestra, and lots of fun activities! Doors open at 5:30 and dinner is at 6:00. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. $50 admission, $10 for ages 12 and under. No walkups. Reservations by phone only. Call CTC Box Office at 423.267.8534 (Tuesday-Friday, 10-2).

If you're looking for some live music, don't miss Chattanooga's favorite summer live music series, Nightfall every Friday night located in Miller Plaza and Miller Park.

Music & Movie on the Green features live music from Nubreed and a showing of Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse. Located on the Chattanooga Green above Ross’s Landing in the Riverfront District.

If local markets 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