Turning Of The Pig’s Last Year At City Hall, A Look Back

Turning Of The Pig's Last Year At City Hall, A Look Back

Turning Of The Pig’s Last Year At City Hall, A Look-Back

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GREENBRIER TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – For over 100 years, Greenbrier has celebrated the Forth of July with the Turning Of The Pig at City Hall. For loyal fans, this year will be somewhat bittersweet. The city has announced that next year (2022) the event to be hosted at Martin Louise Park.

So what is the Turning Of the Pig any way? The Turning of the Pig (set for July 3rd from 5-9 pm behind Greenbrier City Hall) will host many vendors, food, entertainment, games for the kids, and of course, BBQ. There will be BBQ Nachos and Sandwiches, plus BBQ by the lb at the event and the morning of July 4th (6 am until it’s gone, behind City Hall).

Greenbrier Historical Society President Sheila Watts

The event has a long history in Greenbrier. It’s hard to find anyone that hasn’t heard of Greenbrier’s Turning Of The Pig.  It’s the place to see and be seen, especially during an election year. Greenbrier’s Historical Society President Sheila Watts invited Smokey Barn News to come by for a look back at the history of the 4th Of July and the Turning Of the Pig in Greenbrier. “Greenbrier’s first 4th of July celebration occurred July 4th, 1910 and was located at a shady oak spot on the old highway (Old Greenbrier Pike).


“The event moved to what was then the school grounds which later became the City Hall grounds in 1916 and was sponsored by the Greenbrier’s Parent/Teacher Association.

“All the proceeds benefited the one school we had at the time. As we developed three schools, it got a little bigger. The event was celebrated on the 4th for decades until the band boosters took over in the mid-1980s, around 1988 (we think) and it was moved to the evening of July 3rd and renamed “Turning of The Pig” because they sell BBQ pork for the holiday.

“This will be the last year it will be held at city hall, we’re told. The event will be moving to Martin Louise Park in 2022 and we’ll start a new page of Greenbrier history over there. The event starts Saturday, July 3, 2021 beginning at 5:00 pm.”

Continue reading below for fun historical photos and event info.


JULY 3rd & 4th, 2021!

Greenbrier Turning Of The Pig And Parade

Turning of the Pig is set for July 3rd from 5-9pm behind Greenbrier City Hall! Many vendors, delicious food, great entertainment, and fun games for the kids. Come out and support the Greenbrier High School band program, and of course, buy some BBQ! There will be BBQ Nachos and Sandwiches at the event, plus selling BBQ by the lb at the event and the morning of July 4th (6am until it’s gone, behind City Hall). Invite your friends and neighbors!


Greenbrier Historical Society will sponsor the Greenbrier 4th of July Parade on Sunday, July 4 at 4:00 PM.

The parade route will run from Greenbrier Elementary School to Greenbrier Middle School.

Parade participants should arrive at G.E.S. between 3:00 and 3:30 PM to line up and will be allowed to throw candy to spectators along the sidewalks.

The 2021 co-Grand Marshals will be Brandon Frank and Jody Dorris.

Racecar driver Bobby Hamilton Jr and wife Stephanie
Robertson County Sheriff Bill Holt

If further info needed, call 615-643-8461 during Library/Museum open hours Wed. through Sat.No photo description available.

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