The 4th of July is right around the corner, and you know what that means...
IT'S TIME TO EAT ALL THE FOOD AND GRILL ANYTHING (AND EVERYTHING) YOU POSSIBLY CAN!
It's a day for spending time with those you love, and even those you don't...
Let's face it, most of us all have the "Uncle Eddie" somewhere in our family tree.
Here's some things going on in good ole' K-Town this coming weekend and through July 4th:
Saturday July 1st--Market Square Farmers Market from 9am-2pm. A GREAT way to get those cookout goodies while supporting local farmers and artisans!
Saturday July 1st--The start of Downtown Knoxville's "Find Waldo" Scavenger Hunt. This family friendly (and basically any age) event runs from the 1st through the 31st, where you pick up your passport from participating venues, collect stamps, and explore downtown. *Side note: I'd also HIGHLY recommend trying out my other new business, SEEK KNOXVILLE, to do a different type of scavenger hunt NOT involving Waldo ;)
Monday July 3rd--City People presents "Red, White and Blue Coast" at Blue Coast Bar and Grill from 5:30pm-8pm. I personally recommend this event due to the fact that I (owner Lauren Quinn) am a board member of this fantastic non-profit called City People that operates in downtown Knoxville. You do, however, have to be a member to attend this event, so I'd suggest signing up to be a member ahead of time, or you can simply sign up to be a member at the door upon arrival. City People membership gets you all sorts of great benefits and discounts from numerous downtown businesses, so there's no reason NOT to sign up!
(Now for the big day!)
Tuesday July 4th--James White's Fort "Celebration of the Declaration of Independence" from 10am-11am. Admission is free (yay!) and you're sure to get your fill of historical information in a short amount of time.
Tuesday July 4th--Fourth of July on Mabry's Hill from around 6pm-whenever(?). To ensure a high quality event and overcrowding, Mabry-Hazen house has limited the amount of tickets sold (which also cost 60 bucks for anyone 12+) to 200, so definitely get those as soon as you can if you've been thinking about going! They'll have a historic home tour starting at 6pm, dinner served at 7:30, and alcohol is BYOB! And the best part? All the joys of viewing the downtown fireworks show (yes, you can see it from the house!) without all the traffic!!
Tuesday July 4th--Volunteer Princess Fireworks Cruise, with boarding starting at 6pm, cruising from 6:30pm-9pm, and dockside for (what feels like a private viewing) fireworks show from 9pm-10:30pm. For just $80 for adults and $40 for children, you'll get champagne, "pre-dinner" appetizers, and then a scrumptious 4-course dinner followed by dessert. A cash bar is also available, so come happy, hungry and ready for some amazing fireworks!
Tuesday July 4th--The "big to-do" in downtown Knoxville is none other than "The Festival on the 4th" at World's Fair Park. From 4pm-10pm, Knoxville's great downtown green space will be turned into a celebration including entertainment, like the KSO (Knoxville Symphony Orchestra) free concert from 8pm-10pm accompanying the magnificent fireworks show, a kids zone, food, and much more. Fireworks start at about 9:42pm, the event is rain or shine, and they ask for no pets, alcohol, tents, or canopies.
If you aren't planning on venturing out for one of the busiest days in the year for Knoxville, and are in need of some delicious, good home-cooked recipes, take a browse through the list below to find one (or more!) that suits your fancy!
4th of July/July Fourth (personal pick) best and favorite recipes:
Start things off with some thirst quenching drinks like Lemonade Iced Tea, Blueberry Lemonade, Boozy Adult Sno-Cones, or a Watermelon Blueberry Cooler!
Satisfy your hungry guests with some appetizers before the "main event food" is ready with things like Pigs n' a Blanket Stars, Skinny Summer Crab Dip, Red White and Blue Potato Salad, or BBQ Pork "Cupcakes".
For the main course, try some things like Spicy Grilled Shrimp, Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken, Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs, Strip Steak with Rosemary Butter, or Hot n' Sweet Baby Back Ribs.
Then top your previous masterpieces off with some decadent desserts such as a Fruity Flag Cake, Red White and Blueberry Trifle, Peach Plum Cobbler with Buttermilk Biscuits, or Crispy Treat Cheesecake Bars.
**Do you have any favorite family/friend Fourth of July traditions, celebrations, or recipes? Let me know about them by commenting below!