Smokin' the Water 4th of July Celebration

Join us for a fun-filled day on the banks of Watts Bar Lake! Food and craft vendors will be set up all day with live performances by Grammy winner Johnny Neel (formerly of the Allman Brothers Band), The Royal Hounds, Cereus Bright & The Temper Evans Band! Fireworks begin at dark. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this year's first-ever Smokin' the Water BBQ Cook-Off Contest! Top prize takes home $1,200! The festival is free, but many vendors require cash. Please plan accordingly.

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Event Dates

7/4/2019 – 7/4/2019

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

All ages welcome!

Pet Friendly Notes

Animals are not allowed in the festival

How to Get There

I-40, Kingston exit 352, turn right and head Southwest on Hwy 58/N. Kentucky Street.  Festival is near the intersection with Hwy 70 in town and along waterfront.  Parking is available in this area.


What time fireworks start? Anna- Fireworks start at dark.

Anna, 7/4/2017

When is the car show SMOKIN THE WATER Wednesday, July 4th Schedule of Events from Kingston Parks & Rec: 1:30 p.m. Parade line up at Byrd Field 2:00 p.m. Gates open, Parade Begins, BBQ Cookoff winners announced. Kids zone & Vendors open 2:30 p.m. Car Show Registration (on the dike) 3:00 p.m. Dog Pagean (city park pavilion) 3:30 p.m. Car Show Judging 4:30 p.m. Dixie Highway Band Performs (city park stage) Homemade Raft Race (city park boat ramp) 6:00 p.m. Bob Ashby Band Performs (city park stage) 7:30 p.m. Jason Eskridge Band Performs (city park stage) Dusk Fireworks (sounds simulcast on Q100.3 FM) 10:00 p.m. Jason Eskridge Band Performs (city park stage)

Mary, 7/2/2018

Alcohol allowed?

Megan, 7/2/2018

How do we get vendor information? Please contact Roane Tourism regarding vendor information. 865-376-1356

Reloved Creations, 5/18/2019

If I arrive by boat, is there a place to tie up for the festival? Yes, there are two docks. One at city park and one at the gravel pit. For more information call Kingston City Parks at 865-376-9476.

Mike, 5/28/2019

Hello, We are a Mini Cooper Car club from Knoxville TN and we a very interested in your 4th of July PARADE,car show and water front festival. Questions: •Do we register for these events? •Are there any fees? •Can you send me the festival ITINERARY? Thank you Sammy Pats Smoky Mountain Minis On FB Sammy Pats: Please contact Kingston City Parks at 865-376-1356 for information about Smokin’ the Water.

Sammy pats, 6/2/2019

How soon can we come and set up chairs to watch the fireworks show from the grass? Also, Is there a certain place we can do this without getting in trouble or being in the vendors way? Nicole: Please call 865-376-1356 for more information about festival details.

Nicole , 6/9/2019

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