Dollywood Announces Sweet Summer Nights Starting June 25

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Dollywood announced today its Sweet Summer Nights, a summer celebration that will take place from June 25 through July 31. Guests can experience new show offerings and drone performances that are sure to make summer in the Smokies a little bit sweeter.

A multi-sensory drone light show will create a symphony of light in the sky above the Pigeon Forge park. Intel Drone Light Shows plans to launch hundreds of drones each evening for a spectacular nighttime experience which will be integrated into a musically-choreographed fireworks show, creating a visual and audial event of epic proportions. Also, a DJ and energetic dancers bring fun to the streets of Wildwood Grove during dance parties that will have everyone on their feet.

Dollywood’s entertainment team is bringing two new shows to guests this summer: Good Vibes begins June 25 at the Back Porch Theater and treats guests to a musical journey through the rhythms of classic and contemporary tunes; and Forever Country, housed in the Valley Theater, is an energetic look at the changing landscape of country music in the late 80s, 90s and early 2000s. Guests can expect to hear popular hits from artists like Garth Brooks and Shania Twain, as well as a nod to several popular dance songs, including Dolly’s “Romeo” and Brooks and Dunn’s “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.”

Imagination Playhouse will showcase three favorite books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, including Coat of Many Colors, Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, and The Little Engine That Could. Thanks to Penguin Books, guests can enjoy several decorative and interactive photo opportunities for children and their families in the lobby of the theater prior to each show.

The July 4th weekend will be packed with phenomenal entertainment as well! The park hosts the Tennessee Air National Guard’s Band of the South (concert band), Blue Groove (jazz band) and Full Throttle (rock group) on Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4. The groups perform at DP’s Celebrity Theater and Showstreet Palace Theater and inspire patriotism by fostering a deep appreciation of the rich history and legacy of the Air Force. One of the group’s missions is to increase the public’s understanding of the importance of air power, the missions and programs of the Air Force and Air National Guard, and the bravery, sacrifice and dedication of Airmen across the globe.

And don’t forget the park’s award-winning rides that are available year round! But you can experience your favorite rides this summer in a completely different environment. Once the sun sets, Dollywood’s trademark attractions, like Wild Eagle, Lightning Rod and Thunderhead, provide a unique experience for those who climb aboard. These rides thrill guests who race through the summer night with no idea which way the track will turn next!

As the name implies, Dollywood’s Summer Celebration is a celebration of family fun and laughter at a place everyone loves. Visit Dollywood’s website to learn more about the 2021 season, operating calendars, and more.

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