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Sara Evans Headlines Pigeon Forge’s July 4 Patriot Festival Concert

Veterans tribute and fireworks display round out the free celebration at the city’s Patriot Park.

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (May 15, 2022) – Sara Evans, Grammy-nominated country music star, will headline Pigeon Forge’s 32nd annual Patriot Festival on July 4 in the city’s Patriot Park. The free concert begins at 8:30 p.m. and is free to the public. A patriotic fireworks display follows the concert.

As one of the most-played female artists on country radio, Evans is a known worldwide for hits like “No Place That Far,” “Suds In The Bucket,” “A Real Fine Place To Start,” “Born to Fly,” and “A Little Bit Stronger.” Evans was named the Academy of Country Music’s Top Female Vocalist as well as nominated for American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Country Music Association, CMT and Grammy Awards.

Patriot Festival activities begin at 4 p.m. with various food vendors for guests to explore in the park. From the main stage, Country Current will begin the night’s entertainment with the annual veterans tribute at 4 p.m. Country Current is the U.S. Navy’s premier country and bluegrass ensemble that has delighted fans for nearly 50 years. Following the tribute, the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus will take the stage.

On the Border takes the stage just prior to Evans. The popular Eagles tribute band celebrates the legendary band with acclaimed recreations of crowd favorites. The fireworks display starts after the conclusion of Evans’ performance.

“Our community looks forward to Patriot Festival every year, and we’re thrilled to welcome Sara Evans to our city’s Independence Day celebration,” said Pigeon Forge Mayor David Wear. “We take pride in offering our residents and visitors great entertainment, a spectacular fireworks display, and family fun each summer with this event.”

Patriot Festival guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Umbrellas, tents, and coolers are not permitted. Food vendors will be available. Free parking is provided at the Teaster Lane Municipal parking lot, and a free shuttle operates every 20 minutes between the lot and festival site.

Additional information regarding Patriot Festival and Pigeon Forge can be found at or by calling 800-251-9100.


Sara Evans photos (courtesy of Sara Evans) and full-length bio available for download here.

About Pigeon Forge: Pigeon Forge is in East Tennessee, approximately 35 miles from Knoxville and McGhee-Tyson Airport. Two-thirds of the nation’s population east of the Mississippi River lives within a day’s drive, making it an easily accessible family vacation destination. The city’s neighbor is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S. It also is home to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, Tennessee’s most-visited ticketed attraction. More information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge are available at or toll-free at 1-800-251-9100.