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Hardin County Tennessee: A 4th of July destination

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As July 4, 2014 approaches, plans are made, trips are taken and fun is had. If you live in, or near Hardin County, Tennessee you don't have to travel very far to celebrate our country's independence. If you don't live near Hardin County, Tennessee you still have time to make plans to be there for a fun filled 4th of July weekend.

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Hardin County is located in southwestern Tennessee and is unique in the fact that the Tennessee River runs through it, creating recreational opportunities for people on both sides of the River. Hardin is the home to the cities of Crump and Savannah and the towns of Adamsville, Milledgeville and Saltillo. There are also a large number of unincorporated communities in Hardin County. They each have their own unique history.

One of these unincorporated communities is known world wide because of a decisive American Civil War battle that was fought there April 6 and 7, 1862. Its name is Pittsburg Landing. The Battle of Pittsburg Landing, also known as the Battle of Shiloh, was a very bloody battle that changed the course of the war. The battlefield is on the banks of the Tennessee River.

A visit to "The Catfish Capital of the World" will take you to the river City of Savannah. This city draws thousands of fishermen a year to the National Catfish Derby, which runs for six weeks in June and July of each year. Also, The Tennessee River Museum is located in Savannah.

About 15 miles north of Savannah, Big River Plantation and Resort, a private gated community will have a large fireworks display on the 4th of July, with a parade and bands to celebrate our country's independence. People on the river can anchor and watch the fireworks from the river.

One of the biggest tourist draws of Hardin County is Pickwick Lake and Dam, located near the unincorporated area of Counce. Its recreational waters bring people from near and far, and on July 4th the lake will host a huge fireworks display.

Another great location to celebrate July 4, 2014 is the river Town of Saltillo. This historic old town is located approximately 12 miles north of Savannah on the west side of the Tennessee River. Saltillo will also have a fireworks display, and Riverview Cafe will have karaoke and barbeque all day and into the night of July 4th. This cafe and convenience store has great food, fishing supplies, gasoline and can be found at the eastern end of Main Street, on the river. Saltillo Landing, located in front of the cafe gives boaters access to the river and has a public boat ramp and dock.

For more information on these great locations in Hardin County, go online to: Riverview Cafe, Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, Savannah, Tennessee and Big River Plantation Resort.

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Until we meet again on these pages, "We will let the world turn onto our next destination."

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