Jonesborough Days Kick-Off Dinner

The Jonesborough Day’s Kick-off Dinner returns with the popular Low Country Shrimp Boil, sponsored by Food City of Jonesborough. The event will take place on Thursday, June 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Jimmy Neil Smith Park behind the International Storytelling Center and will include food and entertainment.

The menu features shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes and crawfish with fruit cobblers for dessert. Entertainment during the dinner will be provided by The Jonesborough Novelty Band, a favorite among locals with their sing-a-longs and interactive style. Tickets are $15 and it is highly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as this event always sells out.

The Jonesborough Days Festival will take place Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3 and the Kick-Off Dinner serves as a fundraiser for the festival. To purchase tickets to the dinner and for full details about the festival, call the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423.753.1010 or click the button below to get your tickets!

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Jonesborough Days Kicks off on July 2nd!

Admission to the festival is free and open to the public. The festival hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 2 and 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. The festival begins Saturday, July 2 at 10 a.m. with a parade to kick off the festivities. Activities, music, contests and more will continue throughout the weekend. The fireworks display starts at 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 3 to wrap up the celebration.

Jonesborough Days Parade

Congrats to the winners of the Jonesborough Days Parade 2022.
🎉Veteran Award – Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 9, Washington County
🎉Schubert Award – Jonesborough Novelty Band
🎉Mayor’s Award – Jonesborough Repertory Theatre
🎉Kiwanis Award – Jonesborough Shop with Cop
🎉Civitan Award – Gray Youth Jr. Blazers Football Cheerleaders
🎉Eagles Award – Appalachian Fair
Honorable mention was the Appalachian Irish Dance Company LLC.

The Jonesborough Days Parade will kick off Jonesborough Days on Saturday, July 2 at 10 a.m. It is set to go through Boone and Main Streets in downtown Jonesborough. The Jonesborough Days Festival Committee is seeking floats and entries decked out in red, white and blue.

The cost for registration is $25 for regular entries and $50 for political and commercial entries. Questions can be directed to Rachel Conger at rachelc@jonesboroughtn.org or by calling 423.791.3869.  More information can be found at Jonesborough Days on Facebook for up-to-date festival information.

Jonesborough Days Festivities & Market

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The festival has been voted as one of the top events in the southeast and is known for its community patriotism and nostalgic atmosphere.  Various entertainment ad activities take place throughout the historic district on both Saturday and Sunday.  Doc’s Front Porch sponsored by ETSU will feature a variety of storytellers and musicians on the plaza at the International Storytelling Center during the day.  The BrightRidge Main Stage will feature entertainment each evening. There will be 60 local artists and craftsmen showcasing a variety of handmade wares. Of course there will be a variety of great festival foods including everything from cheese steaks to funnel cakes.

Jonesborough Days Food Court

Get ready for your favorite festival foods and new ones you may not have tried yet!

  1. Munchie Machine
  2. Rico’s Pizza
  3. Lil Delights Concessions
  4. My Little Buddies
  5. Bangarang Vietnamese Fusion
  6. Daniels Fish & Ribs
  7. Mama’s Food Factory
  8. Sideshow Kelly
  9. Eshta Food Truck
  10. Southern Belle’s Gourment Lemonade
  11. Whiskey Kitchen
  12. Kettle Licious Kettle Corn

If you’re looking to cool off visit one of our downtown restaurants where you can get fresh sandwiches, burgers, smoothie bowls, tex-mex or home cooking.

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On Saturday, July 2 at 2 p.m., join us for the 4th Annual MoonPie Eating Contest in front of the Washington County Courthouse in downtown Jonesborough. There will be three categories including: 8 and under, 9 to 15 years and adult. Contestants will be challenged to see who can finish their MoonPies the fastest. Registration is free and begins at 3:30 p.m. in front of the courthouse, but space is limited. The winners of each category will receive free MoonPies for a year.

On Sunday, July 3 at 2 p.m. Ingles Market will host a Watermelon Social in front of the Washington County Courthouse in downtown Jonesborough. Free watermelon will be provided until it’s gone.

Children will have many activities to do in Discovery Park on Saturday and Sunday located on the lawn of Central Christian Church. Discovery Park will offer various activities for children and their families including McKinney Center Art activities, mining for gems hosted by The Crystal Raven, sprinklers and more. Heritage Games will also be hosted by the Heritage Alliance in front of the Christopher Taylor Cabin.

The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will also present the USO Show with performances scheduled all weekend. You can visit their website;   jonesboroughtheatre.com for show times and links to purchase tickets

Little Miss Jonesborough Days

Where: Main Stage

When: Saturday July 2nd from 12pm-2pm

Age Groups: Wee Miss Jonesborough Days ages 2-3 years

Tiny Miss Jonesborough Days ages 4-6 years

Miss Jonesborough Days ages 7-9 years

Junior Miss Jonesborough Days ages 10-12 years

Registration Fee: $25 ( Includes crown, sash, and plaque)

To Register: Please contact Robin Beals by email at: misshistoricjonesborough@gmail.com or by text message at 423-791-1596

Deadline to register: Thursday, June 30th 2022

Sponsored by: BrightRidge, Miss Historic Jonesborough and the Town of Jonesborough

Proceeds will benefit: Miss Historic Jonesborough Scholarship Fund

Patriot Park

Where: Storytelling Park

When: Saturday 11am-8pm

Sunday 12noon-8pm

Come visit our newest edition to Jonesborough Days, Patriot Park, located behind the International Storytelling Center in Jimmy Neil Smith Park. We will have children’s activities, that include carnival games and prizes, bouncy houses, a dunking machine, face painting, balloon twisting, a petting zoo, Water Features to cool off, and much much more.  Come have a chance at dunking your favorite coach, teacher, or police officer in the dunking machine for a small donation!

Sponsored by: Walmart, T-Mobile and the Town of Jonesborough

Proceeds will benefit the Jonesborough Police Department Shop with a Cop Program and the Jonesborough Athletic Boosters

Jonesborough Days Main Stage

The Jonesborough Days Main Stage, sponsored by BrightRidge and Electric 94.9, will feature the sounds of regional favorites along with exciting tribute bands during the annual patriotic summer event July 2 to July 3.

The Main Stage entertainment kicks off on Saturday, July 2 at from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Courthouse Square beside the Washington County Courthouse in downtown Jonesborough with Zach McNabb and the Tennessee Esquires. They are a traditional country band from the Tri-Cities. In 2019, McNabb released his first album from Big Tone Records, the Bristol-based, vintage-gear-focused studio. Complete with 1950s slapback echo, McNabb’s seamless vocal performance is remarkably unique, blending influences from classic country and bluegrass singers, reminiscent of singers like Jimmy Skinner and Hank Snow.

Following Zach McNabb and the Tennessee Esquires, the Main Stage welcomes the return of familiar faces to the Jonesborough Days musical line-up with The Beach Nite Band. They will play from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Formally known as the Collegians, the Beach Nite Band combines a summer feel to popular R&B, soul, disco blues, classic pop and boogie music guaranteed to appeal to all ages. Known for their “Carolina Beach Music” they offer a wide variety of music styles for dancing and listening, along with comedic showmanship from the group’s four members.

On Sunday, July 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Electric 94.9 will play music and broadcast live for attendees to enjoy. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Queen Legacy – A Tribute to Queen graces the Main Stage. They are a tribute band of the popular 70s and 80s rock band, Queen. They have all the vocal power and raw energy of the real band!

Jonesborough Days Firework Finale

The festival then wraps up with the annual fireworks display at 10 p.m. Fireworks will be shot from the Washington County Library.

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2019 Jonesborough Days Fireworks. Photo by Cameo Waters

Fireworks Exit Plan

The Jonesborough Police Department will implement multiple road closures Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 3 for the Jonesborough Days festival, with special emphasis on pedestrian and motorist congestion after the fireworks display Sunday night. These closures will be implemented to ensure the safe movement of motorists and pedestrians in the area of viewing points held in celebration of Independence Day in Jonesborough.

The following road closures will be implemented.

July 1 through July 3

  • Main Street will be closed starting Friday, July 1 at 5:30 p.m. for Jonesborough Days set up.
  • The Main Street closure will continue until Sunday after the fireworks celebration, approximately at 10:15 p.m.
  • The closure on Main Street is from Fox Street to Second Avenue.

July 2 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

  • Traffic patterns will be altered because of the Jonesborough Days Parade.
  • Boone Street and a section of Main Street will be closed for the parade.
  • Motorist traveling to Jonesborough via Boones Creek Road will be directed to either turn towards Johnson City or Greeneville at the Boones Creek Road/east Jackson Boulevard intersection.
  • Motorists in the area of West Jackson Boulevard near Washington Drive should expect an altered traffic pattern for traffic traveling eastbound towards Johnson City.
  • Police officers and Jonesborough Street Department employees will be at or near the intersections to assist with traffic flow.

July 3 from 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.

  • Traffic patterns will be altered before, during and after the fireworks.
  • Immediately after the fireworks have ended a hold on vehicle traffic will take place on Boone Street until the pedestrian traffic has cleared the area.
  • Motorist should expect approximately 1 hour of being held in a parking area for the safety of the pedestrians.
  • Traffic patterns will be altered along East and West Jackson Boulevard with crossovers being unavailable and no U-Turns permitted.
  • Traffic entering East and West Jackson Boulevard will be turned right at all intersections.

The Town of Jonesborough expects to have a high volume of attendees at the Jonesborough Days events. The Jonesborough Police Department would like to inform the public that they should expect traffic delays, heavy pedestrian foot traffic crossing roadways, limited public parking and altered traffic routes.

Jonesborough Public Safety asks that attendees to be patient and use the utmost caution for pedestrians and other motorists.