In 1986, a little town on a big mountain had the best Independence Day celebration ever. Families and friends lined the street to celebrate America! America!, its spacious skies, its amber waves of grain, and of course its foggy mountain majesties.

This year, there will be music, dancing, cake-decorating contests, the Almost World Famous Mutt Show, arts and crafts fair, delicious food and drink, and of course, a parade.

We invite everyone far and wide to Sewanee, Tennessee on July 4, for an all-day commemoration of who we are and what it took to get here!

We’ve been working for months on the biggest, and best celebration Sewanee has ever seen. Of course, there’ll be fire engines, police cars, the grand marshal , and candy galore. Volunteers are always welcome and very much appreciated. PLEASE CONTACT US TO GET INVOLVED!

There are so many creative ways to strut your stuff along University Avenue and they range from traditional and elaborate to simple, elegant, memorable, and bizarre. Anything with wheels is good: flatbeds, cars, convertibles, golf carts, wagons, wheelbarrows, bikes, big wheels, scooters; but on foot (or hooves) could be even better, especially if you’ve got a colorful banner (and/or signs, big hats, confetti, giant pinwheels).


Fireworks at Cheston