Nashville's Fourth Of July Celebration Starts Tuesday Night
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville's Fourth of July celebration will get an early start with a full line-up of entertainment and fireworks on Tuesday night.
Officials have moved the main stage to the old thermal plant site, now called The Lawn at Riverfront Park, to fit another 20,000 people downtown this year. But they want thousands more to come down a day early.
There will be a great line-up of performers on the stage from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday for A Prelude to the 4th. After the concert, the fireworks will begin at LP Field.
The show won't be as big as Wednesday's display, but it will still be a fun show.
"You know the Convention and Visitors Bureau gets rave reviews, they get accolades from around the world. Every year they pump it up a little more and raise the bar," said Lansden Hill from Pyro Shows. "There's two great nights of entertainment. Great music, great fireworks, and its going to be a lot of fun."
On Wednesday, day long events for "Let Freedom Sing" begin at noon with fireworks starting shortly after 9:30 p.m.
You can still sit at Riverfront Park and watch the fireworks shoot off at LP Field. And they will have jumbotrons there so you can watch the concert.
Several roads into and around downtown will be closed due to the fireworks show.
Closings at 6 a.m. Wednesday include:
1st Avenue from Union Street to the Korean Veteran's Bridge
2nd Avenue from Church to Demon Streets
Broadway from 1st to 3rd Avenues
Molloy Street from 1st to 2nd Avenues
Demonbreun Street from 1st to 2nd Avenues
Closing at 4 p.m. Wednesday will be:
3rd Avenue from Commerce to Demonbreun Streets
Police also said that traffic on the Korean Veteran's Bridge will be restricted to two lanes beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday for installation of pedestrian safety fencing.
Officials also sought to remind travelers that parking on the shoulders of the interstate system to watch the fireworks display is prohibited. Anyone who parks or stops without a legitimate reason will be tickets. Cars left abandoned on the interstate will be towed.