Pigeon Forge TN Celebrates Freedom
Aug 21-24, 2014
Four Unique & Special Shows
1. Salute to Patriots
At the Smoky Mountain Opry
2. Radio Saigon Dinner Show
At the Grand Majestic Theater
A Live Stage Show with music from the era. 3. Vietnam Veteran’s Night
At the Dixie Stampede with a Salute to Bob Hope’s USO Shows.
4. Sunday Morning Remembrance with The Blackwood Quartet and Special Guest Speakers
Day 1 – Thursday, Aug 21 – The Celebrate Freedom Weekend begins quietly on a Thursday Afternoon with hotel check-in and dinner on own. Then you enjoy Smoky Mountain Opry’s special “Salute to Patriots.” From the biggest stage in Pigeon Forge with singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, jugglers and aerialists you are entertained. This Salute has state of the art special effects including lasers, pyrotechnics, performers that fly overhead, giant video screens, concert quality lighting and sound. It will take your breath away! With music that includes country and pop, comedy and Broadway, the Smoky Mountain Opry salutes America’s Soldier.
Note: Individual Tickets for this show are $39 with advance purchase. The Celebrate Freedom Four Show package provides an even better discount.
Day 2 – Friday, Aug 22 – Special Note: The Color Guard Competition at Dixie Stampede and Military Vehicle Restoration Competition have been cancelled due to lack registrations. We still want your Color Guards marching in the Parade, and we very much want your Restored Vehicles in the Parade. But as of July 1, no one had entered either competition.
Friday Morning is now free time for you to schedule other local attractions. This might be a great day to visit Dollywood Theme Park, where you will have time to enjoy the shows, the craftsmen, rides and exhibits. The site of the Military Memorabilia Show & Sale will also be open at this time. You will find exhibits here of weaponry, uniforms, books, CDs and many more collectibles from the Civil War to the present. You will have time to talk with other Vets and enjoy the displays including the Indoor Traveling Wall.
Also, every member of your group will have a coupon booklet where they will find discounts on other attractions, shopping and restaurants through the Smokies.
Then today’s highlight is a dinner show presented at the Grand Majestic Dinner Theater, titled “Radio Saigon.” The evening begins with a nice buffet dinner, followed by an Armed Force Radio DJ (character actor) who introduces songs and talks about the history of Vietnam Era Music. All songs are played by a live show band, with dancers and performers. This is the music of the 60′s and early 70′s targeted to Vietnam Vets; Rock n’ Roll, Motown, Pop, Country, Folk Songs – music you may have heard in-country.
Individual Tickets for this show are $49 available only by advance purchase and includes a dinner buffet.
Day 3 – Saturday, Aug 23 – Today’s highlight is the “Welcome Home Vietnam Parade.” Last year this parade featured more than 500 Vietnam Veterans marching and riding troop transports. It was filled with Military Vehicles, marching soldiers, motorcycle groups, high school band, colorful floats, sporty cars, unique displays, helicopters both on the ground and in the air, guard dogs, dignitaries, troop transports, local celebrities and more. This was “The Parade They Never Got.” It was big and the streets were lined with cheering crowds. It was both wonderful and emotional.
This year, Tennessee’s own Louise Mandrell will be our Grand Parade Marshall. Other distinguished guests include: Capt Bill Robinson (the longest-held enlisted prisoner of war in American history). Barry Rice, President TN Council of Vietnam Veterans of America. Many Bears Grinder TN Commissioner of Veterans Affairs. Bill Johnson (appearing as Bob Hope) and singer Michelle Dellafave a Veteran of USO Shows in both 1969 and 1970.
We expect a much larger parade in 2014 with many more color guards, military vehicles, re-enactment groups, floats and bands. Note: This Parade is not limited to Vietnam Soldiers, with pre-registration we will include almost any military group or organization that wants to celebrate their service.
The parade will start at Stoplight #4 and proceed south through Stoplight #8, ending at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. This is the site of the Military Memorabilia Show & Sale. You will find exhibits here of weaponry, uniforms, books, CDs and many more collectibles from the Civil War to the present. You will have time to talk with other Vets and enjoy the displays including the Indoor Traveling Wall.
If you have a special unit (such as a color guard), float, or vehicle you want to include in the parade, please submit a Celebrate Freedom Parade Application.
Or you can schedule this afternoon for your visit to Dollywood or other local attractions in the Smoky Mountains.
Ending the day at The Dixie Stampede, we have a special evening dinner show. The Kingsport VVA Color Guard will present the American Flag before Dixie’s regular scheduled show. Then you have a special show featuring comedian Bill Johnson who portrays Bob Hope, and his special guest singer, dancer and former GoldDigger Michelle DellaFave who traveled with Bob Hope to Vietnam in both 1969 and 1970. These two perform at USO Shows in both Virginia Beach and Palm Springs and it is a great honor that we bring them to you this evening.
Individual Show Tickets for this event are $49 per person including dinner.
Day 4 – Sunday, August 24 – This morning all special event ticket holders will enjoy our last Celebrate Freedom Event. It’s a Sunday Remembrance Service at the Smoky Mountain Opry, with music by The Blackwoods, and comments from several distinguished guests. This show is about Remembering the Sacrifice of those who gave all.
Individual Show Tickets for this event are $29 per person.
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