No Coolers, No Backpacks to be Permitted at City’s July 4 Celebration
Free, Affordable Water will be Available to Public as Security is Enhanced to Make Public Event Safe, Fun, Comfortable
NASHVILLE – The city’s annual free July 4 concert and fireworks show is expected to draw an estimated crowd of 250,000, and, in order to ensure maximum safety for attendees, new rules include no backpacks and no coolers, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today.
“As this event has grown in size, we feel it is particularly important to exercise extreme caution and implement new security measures for the good and safety of everyone,” said Butch Spyridon, President and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “As we come together to celebrate our freedom that day, we must do our best to make sure everyone remains safe. We understand these new restrictions create an inconvenience and cost, so we are undertaking measures to make food and water affordable so that families can enjoy themselves.”
At designated locations, cold bottled water will be available at two bottles for $1 until 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., bottled water at those locations will be $1 each. Additionally, at those designated locations, hot dogs will be $1 each. Attendees are encouraged to bring refillable water bottles to fill at free water stations throughout the event site.
Let Freedom Sing! July 4 in Music City presented by Dr Pepper includes two days of festivities, three stages, 15 live music acts and the largest fireworks show in the country – all free and open to the public at a new location at Ascend Amphitheater and The Green at Riverfront Park. Nine-time GRAMMY-winner Sheryl Crow will headline on July 4, which will also include the McDonald’s® Family Fun Zone with live music and inflatables on and around the Bridgestone Arena Plaza. July 3 festivities will include live music headlined by GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Brandy Clark and a five-minute fireworks show.
“The men and women of the Metropolitan Police Department are absolutely committed to making sure Let Freedom Sing! 2016 is safe and fun for Nashville’s families and our guests,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “Most of the several hundred police personnel assigned to the event will be highly visible in the downtown area. Citizens are strongly encouraged to be on the lookout for anything concerning or appearing out of the ordinary. If you see something suspicious, say something to the nearest police officer. Public awareness -- along with seeing something, saying something -- is an important component of our public safety plan.”
Attendees are encouraged to pack smart and stay hydrated. In addition to free water stations, there will be misting stations to help eventgoers stay cool throughout the day. First-aid tents will be located throughout the event site. Attendees are encouraged to pack sunscreen, hats, visors and sunglasses to help fight the heat. Traditional food vendors will be located on First Avenue North. Food trucks will be located on First Avenue, Second Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Broadway and Korean Veterans Boulevard, as well as Walk of Fame Park and Ascend Amphitheater.
Permitted Items Include:
- Collapsible chairs everywhere, except Ascend Amphitheater
- Blankets and ground tarps (6’x8’ or less)
- Handheld personal-sized umbrellas (up to 36”)
- Personal cameras* (See details.)
- Small bags with maximum measurement of 16”x10”x4”
Note: All chairs and umbrellas must be taken down and put away by 4:30 p.m.
Prohibited Items Include:
- No coolers
- No backpacks
- No outside alcoholic beverages
- No illegal drugs
- No fireworks
- No guns, knives, other weapons or dangerous devices of any kind
- No laser pointers
- No pets (except service animals)
- No pop-up tents
- No beach or pole-style umbrellas
- No wagons or pull-carts
- No drones or other remote controlled aerial devices
- No audio recorders, video or professional cameras* (See details.)
- No inserting stakes, poles or any other objects into the ground, or use of roes, cords, tape, etc. to reserve space
- No unauthorized vending, sales, sampling or solicitation (event credentials required)
- No unauthorized personal transport devices, including bicycles, roller blades, skateboards, hover boards Segways, golf carts, mopeds, etc. (event credentials required)
- No pedicabs or pedal taverns
- No unauthorized amplification devices permitted, which disrupt event production, including handheld megaphones
- No performances or demonstrations of any type unless previously authorized by event (event credentials required)
- No collapsible chairs in Ascend Amphitheater
Note to Boaters: No anchorage between Woodland Street Bridge and KVB Bridge.
On Sunday, July 3, festivities will kick off at 3 p.m. at the Music City Stage located at The Green at Riverfront Park with DJ DU. Joining Brandy Clark in concert will be Nashville favorites Shelly Colvin and Jason Eskridge, followed by a five-minute fireworks show at 9 p.m.
Activities on Monday, July 4, will begin at noon with the McDonald’s® Family Fun Zone and live music stage located on and around the Bridgestone Arena Plaza, which will stay open until 5 p.m. Live music will take place at the Jack Daniel’s Stage at Ascend Amphitheater, hosted by emcee Storme Warren, and the Music City Stage, hosted by Kelly Sutton.
DJ Coach will get the entertainment started at 3 p.m. on the Jack Daniel’s Stage and at 4:55 p.m. a brief program will kick off the live music with a welcome from Mayor Megan Barry, the National Anthem from Ruby Amanfu backed by members of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and a patriotic recitation from Barry Scott. Music from Ruby Amanfu, Andrew Combs, Erin McCarley, Rayland Baxter and Maddie & Tae will follow. Crow will be joined by the Nashville Symphony, which will be under the direction of Chris Norton, on the Jack Daniel’s Stage at 9:20 p.m., and one of the country’s biggest fireworks shows will take place from 9:35 p.m. to 10:05 p.m. The Family Fun Zone stage will include music from General Jackson’s Nashville Live!, Jamie Kent, Les Kerr & The Bayou Band, Luke Wade and Scat Springs and Big Soul Band.
All artists and times subject to change.
Let Freedom Sing! July 4 in Music City is produced by the NCVC for the city of Nashville. It is presented by Dr Pepper and partners include Advance Financial, Anderson Benson Insurance, Carl Black Chevrolet, Kroger, McDonald’s, Durango Boots, General Jackson Showboat, Lyft, Purple Heart Homes, Tennessee Highway Safety Office: Click It or Ticket, Twice Daily, Budweiser, Bud Light, Fetzer Vineyards and Jack Daniel’s.
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
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*For the Let Freedom Sing: July 4 in Music City event, any person intending to photograph or video any musical act on the stages of the event for professional or commercial use needs to be credentialed. To do so, please contact Bonna Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are no limitations on photography for other aspects of the event in the public areas. All photographers do need to abide by the house rules concerning permitted bag size – no larger than 16” x 10” x 4” – and tripods should not obstruct others views.