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Summertime in East Tennesee is one of the most magical times of the year. The days are long and the nights are warm and breezy. Fireflies light up the sky, and summer rains clear out the Spring allergens. There’s really no better place to live if you ask us. Let’s break down some of our favorite parts of Summer, and we hope you will share yours too!

Every summer in East Tennessee we are lucky enough to experience fireflies in such a special way. It feels like you’re in the middle of a fairytale or the Disney movie Tangled when Rapunzel and Flynn Rider are seeing the lanterns for the first time ever in person. It is nothing short of magic, but don’t take our word for it, go see the synchronous fireflies for yourself. It is only for a limited amount of time, and the trips fill up, so don’t put this off! For more information on the fireflies, head over to this site to read all about it.

Next on our list is a complete classic, regardless of where you grew up–we are talking about the Drive-in Movies. Picture this, you’re 16, just got your license and your parents said you could take your friends to the Drive-in. It’s that special moment when you pile blankets and pillows into the back of an old pick-up truck to get cozy before the movie starts. Way too much popcorn drenched in way too much butter, and a soda the size of your head clutched in your arms. Its a triple feature for the price of one movie and half of you don’t make it to the third film. You wake up covered in dew and ready to head home after a night that you’ll always remember for its simplicity that is hard to find these days.

The last thing we just absolutely have to mention is going to the river on a hot Summer day. All of your friends in one spot, that doesn’t include a classroom. Jumping off the rocks, swinging off the rope, and meeting tourist from all over the world. That moment when you finally jump into freezing cold water, that wouldn’t have been so bad if you hadn’t have taken so long to jump in. The picnics next to the river when you’re finally able to get your kids out of the water long enough to eat.

Those are just a few of our favorites–we hope we gave you some fond memories, or ideas to form new memories. If you have a special East Tennessee Summer love that you’d like to share, we would be so happy to hear them!