Congratulations to the parade winners! What a great turnout today!

  • Eagle Award – Jonesborough Eye Clinic
  • Mayor’s Award – Jonesborough Kiwanis
  • Schubert Club – Jonesborough Novelty Band
  • Kiwanis Award – Appalachian Irish Dance Company
  • Civitans Award – Nolichuckey Baptist Church
  • Veterans Award – Lamar Ruritan

The Jonesborough Day’s Kick-off Dinner returns with the popular Low Country Shrimp Boil on Thursday, July 1st from 6-8:00 p.m. The event will take place in Jimmy Neil Smith Park behind the International Storytelling Center and will include food and entertainment.

The evening’s 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. Their sing-a-longs and interactive style is always a hit. Tickets are $15/person and can be purchased individually or as a table.  To ensure seating with your party, we recommend purchasing a table. Curbside pick-up is also an option for to-go meals.

Jonesborough Days Kicks off on July 3rd!

Tennessee’s Oldest Town will celebrate the Annual Jonesborough Days Festival July 3rd and 4th.  Family activities, an exciting music line-up, handmade local crafts, a patriotic parade, storytelling, fireworks and much more are scheduled for the holiday weekend.

Jonesborough Days Parade

Jbo Days Parade Cheerleaders

The 2021 Jonesborough Days Festival will begin Saturday, July 3rd at 10 am with the locally favorite Jonesborough Days Parade. The parade kicks off a weekend full of activities, music, contests, festival food and will wrap up on Sunday night with the annual fireworks display beginning at 10 pm.  The festival is free and open to the public.

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 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 over 70 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.


Discovery Park, located behind the Storytelling Center, will offer many activities for children and their families. There will be lots of experiences only found in Jonesborough. McKinney Center art activities, Oak Hill School sessions complete with a schoolmarm, heritage games are just a few of what will be going on each day. Discovery Park is sponsored by First Horizon Foundation.

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

Jonesborough Days Firework Finale

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2019 Jonesborough Days Fireworks. Photo by Cameo Waters

This year’s Jonesborough Days fireworks display will be bigger and better than ever! Sponsored by Wolfe Development, we are excited to host Washington County’s only show this year in Tennessee’s Oldest Town.  Be sure to join us on Sunday, July 4th at 10pm. Viewing of the show can be seen throughout the town limits. We are also excited to be partnering with Electric 94.9 to air music synced with the fireworks show. Listen as you watch!

Fireworks Exit Plan

The Jonesborough Police Department will implement multiple road closures on July 3 and July 4 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 3 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 Street Department employees will be at or near the intersections to assist with traffic flow.


July 4 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.