July 4th Festivities Move to 1st and Broadway
Family Fun Zone, live music and fireworks offer entertainment for the whole family
NASHVILLE – Music City’s July 4th “Let Freedom Sing” will offer entertainment for every member of the family with the Family Fun Zone, free music and the longest and largest fireworks display in the city’s history, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) announced today. Due to the construction of phase one of the West Riverfront Park (site of former Thermal Transfer Plant), the NCVC announced a temporary location for this year’s July 4th concert and festivities, with the various events taking place along Broadway. The Jack Daniel’s concert headlined by GRAMMY®-nominated and Mercury Records Nashville recording artist Billy Currington will take place at the main stage at 1st and Broadway.
The festivities will kick off at noon with the McDonald’s free Family Fun Zone, featuring inflatables, games and live music for all ages until 5 p.m. on 5th Avenue at Broadway. In addition, McDonald’s will offer samples of McCafé ® Real Fruit Strawberry Banana Smoothies and new Raspberry Sweet Tea. New this year, the Family Fun Zone will offer live music from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Bridgestone Arena Plaza. Jason Eskridge will kick off the musical performances followed by The Farewell Drifters.
In addition to live music, the Family Fun Zone will feature an attempt by Dippin’ Dots to achieve the Guinness World Record for most ice cream cups prepared by a team of five in three minutes. The event, which coincides with the nation’s 30th National Ice Cream Month, will take place at 1 p.m. in front of Bridgestone Arena at 5th Avenue and Broadway. The team of five will scoop more than 300 cups (more than half a million dots) of Dippin’ Dots’ special blend of Vanilla with red, white and blue star-shaped sprinkles during the three-minute record attempt. All cups scooped will be served to the crowd at no charge after the record is confirmed.
This year’s 4th of July fireworks display, arranged by Pyro Shows, Inc., and choreographed to music played by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, will run 27 minutes, making it the longest in the city’s history. The show will include more than 30,000 fireworks shells and devices totaling more than 16,000 lbs (8 tons). The shells and devices will be connected by more than 100 miles of wire. There will be several new arrangements that are being carefully scripted by the Symphony and Pyro Shows. Pyro Shows will use 100 – 10” shells, 150 – 8” shells and many new effects from LP Field, setting the stage for Nashville’s most spectacular fireworks show yet and the largest show in the South. The display site is more than 1,000 feet long, and it will take 12 men six days to build the show.
The fireworks show will take place at approximately 9:40 p.m., immediately following the Jack Daniel’s concert headlined by GRAMMY®-nominated country singer Billy Currington. The show, which will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m., will also feature country singer Ashley Monroe, singer/songwriting duo Striking Matches and the GRAMMY®-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
Riverfront Park will be open for fireworks viewing. Attendees may enjoy the live music on the main stage on video screens located along Broadway as well as Riverfront Park. Food and beverage vendors will be stationed along Broadway at 1st and 2nd avenues.
“Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing” is produced by the NCVC for the city of Nashville and presented by Dr Pepper. The celebration is sponsored by Jack Daniel’s, Kroger, Governor’s Highway Safety Office: Click It or Ticket, McDonald’s, Durango Boots, Delta Vacations®, Advance Financial, Anderson Benson Insurance, Martin’s BBQ Joint, Budweiser and Bud Light.
Please visit www.visitmusiccity.com/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.
*All artists and times subject to change.