Celebrate The 4th Of July In Tennessee’s Oldest Town!
Tennessee’s Oldest Town will celebrate the 49th Annual Jonesborough Days Festival July 4th through July 6th. Family activities, an exciting music line-up, handmade local crafts, patriotic parade, fireworks, storytelling and much more are scheduled for the holiday weekend.
The 2019 Jonesborough Days Festival will begin Thursday, July 4th at 10 a.m. with the Parade kicking off the festivities. Activities, music, children’s train rides, festival foods, contests and more will continue throughout the weekend creating the perfect family fun experience!
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 and activities will take place throughout the historic district on all three days.
Saturday, July 6 at 10 p.m.
One of the most anticipated aspects of the annual Jonesborough Days Festival is the fireworks show. The show is expected to be seen throughout most of Jonesborough, as the fireworks will be assembled and projected from the Library parking lot which is in between downtown and 11-E.
Main Stage Music
The Jonesborough Days Main Stage will feature the sounds of regional favorites along with never before seen bands in Tennessee’s Oldest Town. Enjoy entertainment each evening. The performers are scheduled as follows:
Avery Deakins- Thursday, July 4th at 5:30 p.m.
The classically trained voice of Athens-based guitarist, Avery Deakins will bring acoustic rhythms and hard-hitting electric solos as he pays tribute to classic rock and country legends.
The Wannabeatles- Thursday, July 4th at 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a different kind of Beatles experience that combines great Beatles classics with hilarious on-stage antics, audience involvement. and award-winning entertainment.
Ladybirds- Friday, July 5th at 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy a trio of resonant sound layers that lend a uniquely arranged rebirth to old school vibes of traditional singer-songwriter arrangements.
Beach Nite Band- Thursday, July 4th at 5:30 p.m.
This popular group is well known for their ‘Carolina Beach Music’ and offers a wide variety of music styles for dancing and listening, along with comedic showmanship and a patriotic tribute.
Mixed Tape 80’s Party- Saturday, July 6th at 5:30 p.m.
Mixed Tape 80’s Party with DJ Robbie Britton is how we celebrate the original generation of MTV. Be sure to don your best 80’s ensemble and you might be picked to have ‘The Raddest
The Breakfast Club- Saturday, July 6th at 7:30 p.m.
The Breakfast Club has been providing live ‘80’s pop since 1993 and “better than the original artists.” They are the longest running, most recognized ‘80’s tribute band in the United States.
Thursday, July 4 at 10 a.m.
Kicking off Jonesborough Days Festival is the patriotic parade, set to march down Boone and Main Streets in downtown Jonesborough. The Jonesborough Days Festival Committee is seeking floats and entries decorated in their best red, white and blue and playing everyone’s favorite patriotic music.
The cost for registration is $25 for regular entries and $50 for political and commercial entries. Along with your entry fee, donations are being accepted for the Jonesborough Food Pantry. The food pantry helps provide food for families in need in our community. Please bring your non-perishable food items to Jonesborough Town Hall between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
To apply to be part of the parade, click here.
Thursday, July 4 at 2 p.m.
Free watermelon will be provided until it’s all gone, so come gather ‘round with friends and family and beat the heat with a sweet taste of summer. The Watermelon Social will be held in front of the Courthouse.
Dog Days of Summer: Dog Costume Contest
Friday, July 5 at 10 a.m.
Join us for a howlin’ good time during your favorite patriotic doggie costume contest in front of the Courthouse.
Bring your pup dressed to impress in their summer wardrobe! Categories include:
Best Swimwear (small dog and large dog categories)
Most Patriotic (small dog and large dog categories)
Dog And Owner Look-A-Like (small dog and large dog categories)
Entry is free and prizes will be awarded in each category. Those interested in participating will need to arrive at the Courthouse by 9:45 a.m., no pre-registration needed. Water, cooling stations and treats will be available for all participants.
Low Country Shrimp Boil
Friday, July 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
This year’s annual Jonesborough Day’s Low Country Shrimp Boil will be served on Friday, July 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the International Storytelling Center. The evening includes festive entertainment and mouthwatering dishes The menu will feature shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes, zucchini, and crawfish. There will be fruit cobblers for dessert and the beverages will include tea, lemonade, and water.
Entertainment during the dinner will be provided by Jonesborough local group, The Ozone Rangers along with a spotlight from the Mamma Mia cast at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre. Tickets to the dinner are $15 and can be purchased at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center or the International Storytelling Center. Advance tickets are recommended due to limited seating.
After the dinner, check out the Main Stage entertainment from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. featuring The Beach Nite Band. 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. The Beach Nite Band, well known for their “Carolina Beach Music,” also offers a wide variety of music styles for dancing and listening, along with comedic showmanship from members Donnie Hagy, Ron McCall, Deaton Jones, and Steve Mattox. Other festival activities and vendors will also be on-going from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. July 4 through July 6.
Get your tickets by calling 423.753.1010.
MoonPie Eating Contest
Saturday, July 6 at 2 p.m.
Come test your time on the snack known for being “as big as the moon” during Jonesborough Days 3rd Annual MoonPie Eating Contest. The contest will take place in front of the Courthouse where contestants will be challenged to see who can finish their MoonPies first.
There will be 3 categories including:
8 and under
9 to 15
16 & up
Here are the Rules!
Contestants may begin eating when MC says “go”.
Contestants can have water to drink while competing.
Whoever eats the most MoonPies in 3 minute (and keeps it down), wins.
Both hands may be used.
Judges words are final.
After you completely eat each MoonPie, you must very loudly yell, “I LOVE MOONPIES” while clapping repeatedly at the same time. Then, remove the wrapper off your next MoonPie and eat it. Continuing on until time runs out.
Eaters who suffer a reversal of fortune and/or urges contrary to swallowing are asked to partake of the garbage bag at your table. In such an event, the eater will be disqualified.
Registration is free and begins at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Courthouse, space is limited. When you arrive be prepared to fill out a brief waiver. The winners of each category will receive FREE MoonPies for a year.
Jonesborough Days is also home to over 70 local handmade crafters, featuring some of the best craftsmen in the region.
For more information on being a vendor, click here.
To apply to be a vendor, click here.
Discovery Park And Other Kids Activities
Thursday and Friday, July 4 and 5 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 6 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Ponies, heritage games, archeological digs, princesses, a kids market, and more will make for an unforgettable experience at Jonesborough Days. The kid-centered sections, Discovery Park and I Made It Market will take place during the festival, Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. behind the International Storytelling Center in Jimmy Neil Smith Storytelling Park.
Discovery Park will feature is located behind the Storytelling Center , here you’ll find lots of hands-on ways to experience activities only found in Jonesborough. Bring the little ones for kids crafts and hands-on learning with Jonesborough’s McKinney Center, Archeology Digs from noon until 2 p.m. on Friday with the National Park Service, and Old Timey Heritage Games each day with the Heritage Alliance.
Experience what a day of school was like in the early 1900s with the Oak Hill School’s marms for 30-minute, quill pen lessons from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Apple Valley Pony Parties will be at Jonesborough Days featuring visits with ponies Domino and Tumbleweed, find them Thursday after the parade until 2 p.m. And don’t miss your chance for a photo-op with the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre Princesses each day.
Make plans to board the children’s train, free of charge, on the corner of East Main Street and Fox Street. The train will run each day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is sponsored by The Seeley Law Firm. After the train ride, stop by I Made It Market to check out the pop-up art market for young artists and creative makers. I Made It Market will be located beside the Children’s Train on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Storytelling And Music At Doc’s Front Porch
Enjoy stories and music of all kinds at Doc’s Front Porch. Doc’s front porch pays tribute to one of Jonesborough’s favorite storytellers, Doc McConnell. Doc would pull his old-fashioned wagon in front of the Storytelling Center and perform his “Old Time Medicine Show”. Every year, Doc’s Front Porch returns to Jonesborough Days with a variety of storytellers and musicians who perform on the Plaza at the International Storytelling Center, during the day.
Other Things Happening In Town
The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will also present Mamma Mia! with performances scheduled all weekend long. Visit their website, Jonesboroughtheatre.com for showtimes and tickets.
The Heritage Alliance will be offering guided Town Tours of downtown Jonesborough. For more information call the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum at 423.753.4580.
Parking And Other Information
Parking will be available at the Jonesborough Middle School for $5/car and a free shuttle will be running all weekend long. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.
This year’s festival sponsors include First Tennessee Foundation, Food City, BrightRidge, Eastman Credit Union, Bath Fitter, and Champion.
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