Also planned on July 4 is Gatlinburg’s River Raft Regatta. This popular event is open to anyone and takes place on the Little Pigeon River in Downtown Gatlinburg near Christ in the Smokies. The unmanned river raft race allows for anything floatable, except for balls and plastic eggs. In the past, families have entered boats made of matchsticks, rubber ducks and even floating rocks. Registration for the event takes place between 10am-noon on July 4, with the regatta beginning promptly at noon.
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