Smoky Mountain Communities Honor and Celebrate America’s Veterans

Smoky Mountain Communities Honor and Celebrate America’s Veterans. And it’s not only on Veterans Day either; our patriotic communities roll out the red carpet just about all year long for our nation’s heroes. Even though the City of Pigeon Forge just finished their month-long “Celebrate Freedom” event in August, many businesses continue to offer military discounts, veterans discounts, and first-responder discounts throughout the year.

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Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, Great Smoky Mountains. Photo credit: Romantic Asheville, NC

Be sure to ask when you’re booking your hotel, condo, or cabin because chances are that they will offer a military discount. The same goes for area attractions and even restaurants too. When we said our communities roll out the red carpet, we weren’t kidding! Below are some special activities planned for Veterans Day in November, but first…

Check out our video of the Welcome Home Veterans Parade in Pigeon Forge. It’s a bit long at 4 minutes we know; however, trust us when we say it took that long to pack in all the wonderful hometown patriotism of which The City of Pigeon Forge so proudly displays!

Veterans Day Activities in the Smoky Mountains: Honoring America’s Heroes on November 11, 2015

Gatlinburg Veterans Day Celebration
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
The Veterans Day National Committee and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recognize this ceremony as an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day. This remarkable event is full of touching tributes and patriotic music. The public is encouraged to attend this free event.

Sevier County Veterans Day Program
Sevier County Courthouse
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
In beautiful downtown Sevierville, join local and state government dignitaries for a patriotic salute for America’s heroes.

Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff
Downtown Gatlinburg Parkway
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
For 26 years, visitors and locals have grabbed their spoons and headed to the Parkway for the City of Gatlinburg’s annual Chili Cookoff.  Eat your way through bowls of homemade chili in a variety of creative recipes and vote for your favorites! Then as the sky darkens, Gatlinburg’s 3 million lights turn it into a winter wonderland for the holidays. Tickets will be on sale at the event.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad FREE Ride for Veterans
Bryson City, North Carolina
Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 2015
A special offer for all veterans and active military to ride for free onboard Great Smoky Mountain Railroad’s Tuckasegee Excursion in any class of service! This special offer is for phone reservations only, so call 800-872-4681 and mention the promo code: veterans. For more information, visit www.gsmr.com.

Dollywood and Dolly’s Splash Country offer a 30% discount on one-day admission tickets for retired or U.S. active military, disabled veterans, military reservists, spouses and dependents. Visit Dollywood Military Discount for details.
Thank you to all veterans for your bravery, service and sacrifice.  We appreciate you every day in the Smokies!

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