New Location for Nashville’s July 4 Celebration Means Planning Ahead
Tips for Viewing Free Concerts, Fireworks
NASHVILLE – A new location for the city’s annual July 4 celebration at Ascend Amphitheater and The Green at Riverfront Park means attendees will need to plan ahead if they want to beat the crowds.
Those wanting to enjoy the free concert on July 4 will need to arrive early enough in order to enter Ascend Amphitheater or be near the stage at The Green at Riverfront Park. As a safety measure, Ascend Amphitheater will have a capacity of 7,100, and capacity at The Green at Riverfront Park will be 7,300. Concertgoers at Ascend Amphitheater will be permitted to bring water and food purchased outside the venue, but outside alcohol and soft drinks will not be permitted. An event map is available.
“With a new site and new format that includes multiple stages and an earlier start time, there is a learning curve for both attendees and us as producers of this event,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “We would encourage anybody planning to attend to read all the house rules, pay attention to new capacity limits on the two main stages and be patient. It’s a very large free event and completely different from the concert standpoint.”
Attendees are encouraged to monitor the NCVC website (visitmusiccity.com/july4) and Twitter (@visitmusiccity and #NashvilleJuly4) for alerts on best places to hear the music and see the fireworks, as well as WKRN-News 2 and other local media outlets.
For those primarily interested in watching the fireworks, they are encouraged to go to the following locations that are part of the city’s July 4 event campus:
- Riverfront Park at the base of Broadway – large video screen to watch the live music.
- Broadway – large video screen to watch the live music.
- First Avenue
Non-sponsored fireworks viewing areas that are not part of the event campus include the following (these sites do not have event site restrictions, which means coolers and backpacks for those wishing to picnic are permissible):
- Nissan Stadium parking lots A, B, C and D
- Walk of Fame Park – audio of the live music and Nashville Symphony during fireworks available.
- Public Square Park – audio of the live music and Nashville Symphony during fireworks available
- Corner near Hermitage Avenue and Korean Veterans Boulevard – large video screen to watch the live music
Other fireworks viewing areas around downtown include: The Korean Veterans Boulevard Bridge; the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge (west bank); Desano Pizza Bakery (115 16th Avenue South); ticketed event at City Winery Nashville with a skyline view from the patio (609 Lafayette Street); ticketed event at Adventure Science Center (800 Fort Negley Boulevard); and paid parking at The Trolley Barns.
On July 4, entertainment on the Jack Daniel’s Stage at Ascend Amphitheater will begin at 3 p.m. with DJ Coach before a brief program at 4:55 p.m. that includes remarks from Mayor Megan Barry, the National Anthem from Ruby Amanfu, and a patriotic recitation by Barry Scott. After that, live entertainment will switch to the Music City Stage at The Green at Riverfront Park. Live music will alternate between the two stages until Sheryl Crow and the Nashville Symphony take the stage at Ascend Amphitheater to close out festivities. 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.
For those who prefer to enjoy the festivities from home, the concert lineup and fireworks display will be livestreamed on visitmusiccity.com/july4th starting at 5 p.m., which will include five hours of live music and the fireworks display.
Additionally, for the first time in several years, the fireworks display will be broadcast live on local television through a partnership with WKRN-News 2. Starting at 9 p.m., News 2 will broadcast commercial free a portion of headliner Sheryl Crow’s performance, along with the GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony performing live music synchronized to the 30-minute fireworks display.
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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