Jul. 3—To do today
Many Independence Day celebrations will have taken place by Sunday, but at least 10 locations will be celebrating America's 245th birthday on July 4.
— Athens, Tenn.: 9:30 p.m. at Athens Regional Park, 2405 Decatur Pike. Choreographed music on WSJQ 101.7 FM and WLAR 1450 AM and 95.1 FM.
— Cleveland, Tenn.: 9:15 p.m. at Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway. Synchronized music on Mix 104.1.
— Guild, Tenn.: 9 p.m. CDT at Hales Bar Marina & Resort, 1265 Hales Bar Road.
Fun and fireworks
— Dalton, Ga.: Pool and splash pad open at noon; children's pageants, old-timers softball game, adult softball tournament, cornhole and disc golf competitions, eating contests, wrestling matches and music throughout the day at Heritage Point Park, 1275 Cross Plains Trail. Fireworks at dark.
— Ringgold, Ga.: Independence Day Bash at The Barn on Beaumont, 94 N. Beaumont Road, features music by The Hasbeens, 6-10 p.m. Bring your own seating. Fireworks at dark.
— Scottsboro, Ala.: Concert by the Jess Goggans Band at 6 p.m. at Goose Pond Colony, 417 Ed Hembree Drive, with fireworks at 9 p.m. (all times Central). Free admission.
— Sewanee, Tenn.: Arts and crafts fair starts at 9 a.m.; parade on University Avenue at 2 p.m., with airplane rides and an airshow following (all times Central); plus a dog show, cake decorating contest and music during the day. Fireworks at dark; $1 donation requested.
Fun without fireworks:
— Chattanooga: Red, White and Blue Day is noon-4 p.m. at Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. Guests will participate in several patriotic-themed crafts and activities before the fireworks alternative: a 21-Diet Coke geyser salute at 3 p.m. A party on the plaza follows with cake and ice cream. Timed tickets ($15.95) are required for entry; purchase at cdmfun.org/tickets. Active-duty military members and veterans can get in free; call 423-648-6052.
— Chattanooga: Fun on the 4th, a new community celebration, is set for 5-10 p.m. in Miller Park and Miller Plaza, at Market Street and M.L. King Boulevard. It includes live music on two stages (local acts plus a Beach Boys tribute band), art vendors, a vintage market, vintage cars, food trucks and a 10-minute laser show at 9:50 p.m. Free admission.
' Lakesite: Residents will gather for their annual barbecue at 5:30 p.m. at City Park, 2250 Blue Ridge Drive. The city provides barbecue and drinks; residents supply the sides.
QUICK LOOK AT THE WEEK
— Signal Mountain barbecue: Independence Day events led by the Signal Mountain Lions Club will take place Monday at Althaus Park, 809 James Blvd. After drive-thru-only service last year, the Lions will provide barbecue meals for sit-down dining between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (or until they sell out). Bulk sales of pork, beans and slaw also will be available. Other concessions include hamburgers, hot dogs and funnel cakes. The Signal Mountain Middle/High School Leos organization will offer desserts in a bake sale. A neighborhood patriotic parade will start the day at 9 a.m. There will be no fireworks this year.
— "Black Widow" at Imax: The Tennessee Aquarium's Imax Theater, 201 Chestnut St., will screen Marvel Studios' new superhero movie on the biggest, brightest screen in town in a first-run premiere at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, a day before the future blockbuster will be available to rent on the Disney+ streaming platform. Scarlett Johansson stars as the superspy Natasha "Black Widow" Romanoff. Tickets are $15, with discounts for Aquarium or Imax Club members. The film will be screened daily at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. through July 17 (plus 3:45 p.m. July 9-10). July 18-29, screenings are at 6:30 p.m., with a 9:15 p.m. screening added on Fridays and Saturdays. See the full schedule at tnaqua.org/imax/black-widow.
ATHENS AREA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS: The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "50th Anniversary Celebration: An Exhibition of the Eastern Tennessee Members of the Tennessee Watercolor Society," featuring 75 works by 26 artists from the Chattanooga, Knoxville and Tri-Cities chapters, July 6-Aug. 20. Opening reception, 5-7 p.m. July 16. Free admission. tnws.org
GALLERY AT BLACKWELL — 71 Eastgate Loop. Photographic Society of Chattanooga spring show, through July 23. firstname.lastname@example.org
IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "First Fridays Are Back," celebrating all artists and the return of the monthly opening reception, through July 31. 423-267-9214, www.intowngallery.com
BOBBY STONE FILM SERIES — Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. $10-$12 unless otherwise noted. tivolichattanooga.com
— July 6: "Toy Story," 10:30 a.m. $5.
— July 9: "Magic Mike," 7 p.m.
— July 10: "Breakfast at Tiffany's," 3 p.m.
— July 11: "Big," 2 p.m.; "There Will Be Blood, 6 p.m.
OUT & ABOUT
THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St. thecomedycatch.com
— July 7: Open Mic Night with regional talent. $5.
— July 9-10: Dylan Vattelana, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $16-$18.
CRABTREE FARMS — 1000 E. 30th St. Tomato Canning 101 class, 5:30-8:30 p.m. July 9. $40. crabtreefarms.org
HAUNTED HOUSE WORKSHOP — Be Creative Center, Suite 104 of MedNow Center, 2709 Airport Road, Dalton, Ga. Includes programs on "Infamous Haunted Houses," "Signs a House Is Haunted," "Ghost, Poltergeist, Demon or Bad Wiring?" and "So the House Is Haunted, Now What?," 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 10. Includes Q&A with the panelists and door prizes. $50 per person, two for $90. Limited to 20. 706-809-0518.
HISTORICAL HORTICULTURE — Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District, 200 Moccasin Bend Road. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park presents ranger-led program on "The Three Sisters: Their Legacy in Native Culture, Part 1," about the complementary crops of corn, beans and squash, 2 p.m. July 10. Free. 706-866-9241, www.nps.gov/chch
IMPROV 101 — Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. Eight-week introduction to improvisational comedy taught by Steven W. Disbrow of Improv Chattanooga, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays starting July 6; final meeting on Aug. 24 is a showcase performance. Limited to 10 fully vaccinated adults (18 and older). $125. improvchattanooga.com
LULA LAKE LAND TRUST — 5000 Lula Lake Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Open Gate Day to hike, bike and picnic on the 8,000-acre property, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4 (and other first and last Saturdays and Sundays of the month); entrance gate closes at 2 p.m. Reservations required; $15 land conservation use fee per vehicle, payable online. www.lulalake.org/visit.html
NOOGA SPLASH — Chester Frost Park, 2389 Gold Point Circle N, Hixson. Fourth of July weekend at the inflatable aqua park includes patriotic decor and giveaways, through July 4. Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Online reservations recommended. noogasplash.com
RK GUN SHOW — Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Vendor expo of guns, hunting supplies, military surplus and outdoor gear, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 4. $12 adults (13 and up), $4 children (6-12); $14.50 and $6.50 VIP tickets (no lines, no wait). rkshows.com
ARTS AVENUE — 1800A Rossville Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the shows start at 7 p.m. theartsave.com
— July 8: An Evening With Kevn Kinney (of Drivin' N Cryin'). $20.
— July 9: Roger Alan Wade. $15.
— July 10: That '90s Show. $12.
BONNAROO FARM — 1560 New Bushy Branch Road, Manchester, Tenn. Grammy-nominated folk-rock band The Avett Brothers in concert, 8 p.m. July 4. $35 general-admission lawn seating. bonnaroofarm.com
THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. Umphrey's McGee, 7 p.m. CDT July 9-10 in above-ground amphitheater. $79-$110 single night, $159-$220 both nights. thecaverns.com
KELLY GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH — 1878 Old Washington Highway, Dayton, Tenn. The Inspirations in concert, 7 p.m. July 10. Overflow parking at Grace Bible Church, 2809 Old Washington Highway (about 1 mile east), with shuttle service provided. 423-883-3041.
NIGHTFALL — Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Summer concert series continues July 9 with 2021 Road to Nightfall winner Fantastic Confabulation headlining at 8 p.m.; 2020 RTN winner We Are Us opens at 7 p.m. Artisans, food trucks and family games at adjacent Miller Park. Free admission. nightfallchattanooga.com
CHATTANOOGA LADY RED WOLVES — CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. Women's amateur soccer team vs. Southern Soccer Academy Kings, 7 p.m. July 11 (last game of the season). $10-$15. chattladyredwolves.com
CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES — CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. Men's professional soccer team vs. FC Tu cson, 7 p.m. July 10. Tickets start at $14. chattanoogaredwolves-sc.com
CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Minor-league baseball team plays Tennessee Smokies. Games start at 7:15 p.m. July 6-10, 2:15 p.m. July 11. Promotions: buy one, get one general admission tickets with Food City ValuCard on Tuesday; Chick-fil-A freebie delivered by app at game on Wednesday; Thirsty Thursday drink specials; fireworks after Friday's game; used car giveaway on Saturday; kids run the bases after Sunday's game. lookouts.com
TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF VINTAGE BASE BALL — 6th Cavalry Museum, 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Baseball played with the customs and costumes of the 19th century. Quicksteps of Spring Hill play Mountain City Club of Chattanooga at 11 a.m., Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga at 2 p.m. July 10. Free admission and parking. tennesseevintagebaseball.com
CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. "The Miss Firecracker Contest," July 9-25. Shows at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. $15-$25. theatrecentre.com
COLONNADE — 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. "Disney's Descendants: The Musical," July 9-18. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. $13-$17. colonnadecenter.org
CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE — 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. "Godspell," through Aug. 22. 991-484-5000, ccplayhouse.com
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN PLAYHOUSE — 305 Rolling Way, Signal Mountain. "Bye Bye Birdie," 8 p.m. July 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31. Box office opens at 6 p.m. for ticket sales and placement of lawn chairs (recommended for comfort). $5 kids 12 and under, $15 all others (cash or check). Parking available at Town Hall. 423-763-7219, Facebook.com