• Staff Sgt. Tyler Myers of the 100th Army Band out of Fort Knox, Ky., plays the saxophone on July 3 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg maintains with pride. On July 3rd, some of the band's Music Performance Teams, such as the Jazz and Rock Bands and the Brass Quintet played in front of the City's Aquarium. The entire band also played a patriotic concert on the evening of the 4th leading into the traditional fireworks show.

    100th Army Band marches in "first" Fourth of July parade

    Staff Sgt. Tyler Myers of the 100th Army Band out of Fort Knox, Ky., plays the saxophone on July 3 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first...

  • Soldiers of the 100th Army Band sing "The Dogfaced Soldier" during their evening concert on July 4 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg maintains with pride. On July 3rd, some of the band's Music Performance Teams, such as the Jazz and Rock Bands and the Brass Quintet played in front of the City's Aquarium. The entire band also played a patriotic concert on the evening of the 4th leading into the traditional fireworks show.

    100th Army Band marches in "first" Fourth of July parade

    Soldiers of the 100th Army Band sing "The Dogfaced Soldier" during their evening concert on July 4 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first...

  • Chief Warrant Officer 5 Lawrence Barton, commander of the 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, Ky., greets Lt. Col. (Ret) Edgar Lewis on July 4 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Lewis is one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and was present for the band's evening concert. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg maintains with pride. On July 3rd, some of the band's Music Performance Teams, such as the Jazz and Rock Bands and the Brass Quintet played in front of the City's Aquarium. The entire band also played their patriotic concert on the evening of the 4th leading into the traditional fireworks show.

    100th Army Band marches in "first" Fourth of July parade

    Chief Warrant Officer 5 Lawrence Barton, commander of the 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, Ky., greets Lt. Col. (Ret) Edgar Lewis on July 4 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Lewis is one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and was present for the band's evening concert...

  • Staff Sgt. Billy Arnold leads the 100th Army Band as they march in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg maintains with pride. On July 3rd, some of the band's Music Performance Teams, such as the Jazz and Rock Bands and the Brass Quintet played in front of the city's Aquarium. The entire band also played a patriotic concert on the evening of the 4th leading into the traditional fireworks show.

    100th Army Band marches in "first" Fourth of July parade

    Staff Sgt. Billy Arnold leads the 100th Army Band as they march in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg...

  • Spec. Joshua Betz plays trumpet as the 100th Army Band marches in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg maintains with pride. On July 3rd, some of the band's Music Performance Teams, such as the Jazz and Rock Bands and the Brass Quintet played in front of the City's Aquarium. The entire band also played a patriotic concert on the evening of the 4th leading into the traditional fireworks show.

    100th Army Band marches in "first" Fourth of July parade

    Spec. Joshua Betz plays trumpet as the 100th Army Band marches in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg...

  • Staff Sgt. Steven Harrell plays his tuba as the 100th Army Band marches in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg maintains with pride. On July 3rd, some of the band's Music Performance Teams, such as the Jazz and Rock Bands and the Brass Quintet played in front of the City's Aquarium. The entire band also played a patriotic concert on the evening of the 4th leading into the traditional fireworks show.

    100th Army Band marches in "first" Fourth of July parade

    Staff Sgt. Steven Harrell plays his tuba as the 100th Army Band marches in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of...

  • The 100th Army band marches in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg, Tenn. maintains with pride. On July 3rd, some of the band's Music Performance Teams, such as the Jazz and Rock Bands and the Brass Quintet played in front of the City's Aquarium. The entire band also played a patriotic concert on the evening of the 4th leading into the traditional fireworks show.

    100th Army Band marches in "first" Fourth of July parade

    The 100th Army band marches in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg, Tenn. maintains with pride. On July...

  • Staff Sgt. Billy Arnold leads the 100th Army Band as they march in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg, Tenn. maintains with pride. On July 3rd, some of the band's Music Performance Teams, such as the Jazz and Rock Bands and the Brass Quintet played in front of the city's Aquarium. The entire band also played a patriotic concert on the evening of the 4th leading into the traditional fireworks show.

    100th Army Band marches in "first" Fourth of July parade

    Staff Sgt. Billy Arnold leads the 100th Army Band as they march in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg...

  • Staff Sgt. Billy Arnold leads the 100th Army Band as they march in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg, Tenn. maintains with pride. On July 3rd, some of the band's Music Performance Teams, such as the Jazz and Rock Bands and the Brass Quintet played in front of the city's Aquarium. The entire band also played a patriotic concert on the evening of the 4th leading into the traditional fireworks show.

    100th Army Band marches in "first" Fourth of July parade

    Staff Sgt. Billy Arnold leads the 100th Army Band as they march in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg...

  • Sgt. Sherri Wornath of the 100th Army Band out of Fort Knox, Ky., is joined by a member of the audience in singing Aretha Franklin's "Think" during Fourth of July festivities in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg maintains with pride. On July 3rd, some of the band's Music Performance Teams, such as the Jazz and Rock Bands and the Brass Quintet played in front of the City's Aquarium. The entire band also played a patriotic concert on the evening of the 4th leading into the traditional fireworks show.

    100th Army Band marches in "first" Fourth of July parade

    Sgt. Sherri Wornath of the 100th Army Band out of Fort Knox, Ky., is joined by a member of the audience in singing Aretha Franklin's "Think" during Fourth of July festivities in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July...

  • Old Glory flies above the 100th Army Band's musical performance team, Hard Knox, as they perform on July 3 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg maintains with pride. On July 3, some of the band's Music Performance Teams, such as the Jazz and Rock Bands and the Brass Quintet played in front of the city's Aquarium. The entire band also played a patriotic concert on the evening of the 4th leading into the traditional fireworks show.

    100th Army Band marches in "first" Fourth of July parade

    Old Glory flies above the 100th Army Band's musical performance team, Hard Knox, as they perform on July 3 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first...

  • Old Glory flies above the 100th Army Band's musical performance team, Hard Knox, as they perform on July 3 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg maintains with pride. On July 3, some of the band's Music Performance Teams, such as the Jazz and Rock Bands and the Brass Quintet played in front of the city's Aquarium. The entire band also played a patriotic concert on the evening of the 4th leading into the traditional fireworks show.

    100th Army Band marches in "first" Fourth of July parade

    Old Glory flies above the 100th Army Band's musical performance team, Hard Knox, as they perform on July 3 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first...

  • Soldiers of the 100th Army Band's musical performance team, Hard Knox, play on July 3 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg maintains with pride. On July 3rd, some of the band's Music Performance Teams, such as the Jazz and Rock Bands and the Brass Quintet played in front of the City's Aquarium. The entire band also played a patriotic concert on the evening of the 4th leading into the traditional fireworks show.

    100th Army Band marches in "first" Fourth of July parade

    Soldiers of the 100th Army Band's musical performance team, Hard Knox, play on July 3 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the...

  • Spec. Lee Clements of the 100th Army Band out of Fort Knox, Ky., plays a six-string bass guitar and sings with the unit's rock band called Hard Knox on July 3 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg maintains with pride. On July 3rd, some of the band's Music Performance Teams, such as the Jazz and Rock Bands and the Brass Quintet played in front of the City's Aquarium. The entire band also played a patriotic concert on the evening of the 4th leading into the traditional fireworks show.

    100th Army Band marches in "first" Fourth of July parade

    Spec. Lee Clements of the 100th Army Band out of Fort Knox, Ky., plays a six-string bass guitar and sings with the unit's rock band called Hard Knox on July 3 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade...

  • The stripes of Old Glory are reflected in the tuba of Staff Sgt. Bryan Brown as the 100th Army Band's Brass Quintet perform in Gatlinburg, Tenn. on July 3. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg maintains with pride. On July 3rd, some of the band's Music Performance Teams, such as the Jazz and Rock Bands and the Brass Quintet played in front of the City's Aquarium. The entire band also played a patriotic concert on the evening of the 4th leading into the traditional fireworks show.

    100th Army Band marches in "first" Fourth of July parade

    The stripes of Old Glory are reflected in the tuba of Staff Sgt. Bryan Brown as the 100th Army Band's Brass Quintet perform in Gatlinburg, Tenn. on July 3. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m...

  • Staff Sgt. Sherri Wornath of the 100th Army Band out of Fort Knox, Ky., sings the Gershwin aria "Summertime" on July 3 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg maintains with pride. On July 3rd, some of the band's Music Performance Teams, such as the Jazz and Rock Bands and the Brass Quintet played in front of the city's Aquarium in temperatures that reached 94 degrees. The entire band also played a patriotic concert on the evening of the 4th leading into the traditional fireworks show.

    100th Army Band marches in "first" Fourth of July parade

    Staff Sgt. Sherri Wornath of the 100th Army Band out of Fort Knox, Ky., sings the Gershwin aria "Summertime" on July 3 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as...

  • Staff Sgt. Sherri Wornath of the 100th Army Band out of Fort Knox, Ky., sings the National Anthem during Fourth of July festivities in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m., marking it as the first, chronologically, of the nation's celebrations, a distinction the City of Gatlinburg maintains with pride. On July 3rd, some of the band's Music Performance Teams, such as the Jazz and Rock Bands and the Brass Quintet played in front of the City's Aquarium. The entire band also played a patriotic concert on the evening of the 4th leading into the traditional fireworks show.

    100th Army Band marches in "first" Fourth of July parade

    Staff Sgt. Sherri Wornath of the 100th Army Band out of Fort Knox, Ky., sings the National Anthem during Fourth of July festivities in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The 100th marched in the 37th Annual Fourth of July Midnight Parade which kicked off at 12 a.m...

GATLINBURG, Tenn. -- As a full moon rose over the city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the first of the nation's Fourth of July festivities kicked off at 12 a.m. with the 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, Ky., leading the marching units.
Gatlinburg is known for being the first city in the U.S. to start the Independence Day celebrations by holding its annual parade at the stroke of midnight. The 100th was there not only to march in the 37th Annual Midnight Parade, but also to perform during the day of the 3rd, in front of the city's aquarium. The musical performance teams, the Brass Quintet, Jazz Band and the Rock Band known as Hard Knox, performed played from about 10:30 a.m. until about 4:30 p.m. in temperatures that topped out at 94 degrees.
The city's website seemed to boast the 100th on their events page, referring to them as "Soldiers first, musicians second," that performs "high-quality, professional musical entertainment."
"This will be one of the most patriotic and colorful midnight parades that the City of Gatlinburg has ever produced," said Special Events Manager George Hawkins before the event. "We are very excited about the entire weekend of events, which will include a two-day festival highlighting our armed services." Hawkins organized the first Gatlinburg Fourth of July parade in 1976 in celebration of America's Bicentennial.
In a city where the population is just shy of 4,000, upwards of 100,000 were on hand for the midnight parade, applauding and cheering for the 100th Army Band and other marchers and floats, one of which included some of the surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen. On the evening of the 4th, the full band performed a concert to a standing ovation which led into the traditional fireworks display.
"The City of Gatlinburg is a great place to perform," said the unit First Sgt. Matt Labarbara. "They're always very supportive of us and we're glad to be here."

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