Safety Tips and Security Guidelines for Music City July 4th
Tips for making July 4th safe, fun and comfortable
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This year’s Music City July 4th is anticipated to exceed last year’s estimate of 150,000 attendees at The Lawn at Riverfront Park and surrounding downtown area. In order to ensure maximum safety and comfort for downtown visitors over the July 4th weekend, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) will implement new “House Rules” and Metro Police will have an enhanced security presence in anticipation of the larger crowds. Private plain clothes security personnel will be stationed throughout the event to help ensure an enjoyable and safe time is had by all.
“Police officers and security workers will be very visible downtown throughout the day on July 4th,” Police Chief Steve Anderson said. “We strongly urge citizens to adopt the See Something, Say Something motto. If you See Something suspicious or concerning, Say Something to the nearest officer or security worker. In addition, we are calling on everyone to mind your own belongings, just as you would if you were in an airport. On behalf of Mayor Dean, I want to emphasize the commitment of the Metro Police department for a safe and fun Independence Day celebration that all of Nashville and our visitors can enjoy.”
Event-goers are encouraged to pack smart and stay hydrated. Refillable water bottles are highly recommended as Twice Daily is sponsoring 24 water stations and five misting stations that will be located throughout the event parameters. Four first-aid stations will also be located by Riverfront Park, Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge and two inside the Lawn. Attendees are encouraged to pack sunscreen, hats, visors and sunglasses to help fight the heat. Food and drink vendors will also be on site along 1st Ave. and Broadway.
The following new guidelines will be enforced by event personnel:
Permitted Items include:
- Coolers with maximum measurement of 26” long x 16” wide x 16” high
- Collapsible Chairs
- Blankets and ground tarps – 6’ x 8’ or less
- Handheld, Personal-Sized Umbrellas (up to 63”)
- All Chairs and Umbrellas must be taken down and put away by 6:00pm
- Personal cameras
- Small bags and backpacks
Prohibited Items include:
- Outside Alcoholic Beverages. Only Alcoholic beverages purchased from a designated official event vendor are allowed on site
- Illegal Drugs
- Weapons or Dangerous Devices of Any Kind
- Laser Pointers
- Pets in Riverfront Park or the Lawn at Riverfront Park (except for service animals)
- Pop-Up Tents
- Beach or Pole-Style Umbrellas (over 63”)
- Wagons or Pull-Carts in Riverfront Park or the Lawn at Riverfront Park
- Inserting Stakes, Poles or Any Other Objects Into the Ground, or Use of Ropes, Cords, Tape, Etc. to Reserve Space.
- Audio Recorders, Video or Professional Cameras
- Unauthorized Vending or Solicitation
- Unauthorized Personal Transport Devices Including Bicycles, Skateboards, Segways, etc.)
Boaters please be aware The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced it would not be able to extend operational hours at Old Hickory Lock on July 4. The Lock will close at 9:15 p.m. The Corps suggests that recreational boaters use boat ramps downstream of Old Hickory Dam to avoid using the Lock and to be able to enjoy July 4 events at their own leisure. For a list of boat ramps available to the public, click here.
Citizens are also reminded that parking on the shoulders of the interstate system to watch the fireworks display is prohibited. Stopping on the interstate without a legitimate reason is inherently dangerous. Motorists who do so are subject to being ticketed. Cars left abandoned on the interstate will be towed.
“Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing” is produced by the NCVC for the city of Nashville and presented by Dr Pepper, and sponsored by Kroger, Governor’s Highway Safety Office: Click It or Ticket, McDonald’s, Advance Financial 24/7, Durango, Twice Daily, Carl Black Chevrolet, Wrangler, Budweiser, el Jimador Tequila, and Jack Daniel’s.
Please visit www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors/july4th for the most up-to-date information about the event. Hotel and attraction packages are available by calling the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp at (800) 657-6910 or online at www.visitmusiccity.com.