Spectators forced to watch fireworks from home Saturday

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Shelbyville, Wartrace and Bell Buckle will not sponsor public fireworks displays this weekend. Fireworks are still being sold and all city and town ordinances apply to the use of those Independence Day fireworks.

Fireworks will begin over Tims Ford Lake 9 p.m. Saturday. For many years, boaters have enjoyed watching the sunset and the culmination of the red, white and blue fireworks.

Music City will honor healthcare heroes, first responders and frontline workers with a televised fireworks show from downtown Nashville on Saturday, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. has announced. There will be no public concert or spectators allowed in parks. A short fireworks display will be set to recorded music by Nashville artists, which will air locally on NewsChannel 5.

Country music superstar Brad Paisley, who was previously scheduled to headline this year’s July 4th event, will instead headline in 2021, giving the community something to look forward to and visitors a reason to book a trip to Nashville next year. 

“The community deserves a celebration and our healthcare and frontline workers deserve to be honored,” said Butch Spyridon, President and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “Music City has consistently had one of the largest July 4th celebrations in the nation, and while the crowds will be asked to stay home this year and our fireworks display will be minimal, we still wanted to find a way to celebrate our country and our city during this difficult time.”

NewsChannel 5 will broadcast the one-hour show from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Go to visitmusiccity.com/july4th for information on the live streamed event.

Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th presented by Dr Pepper is taking a different tone this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to social distancing guidelines and the desire to responsibly keep the community safe, this year’s Independence Day event will be limited to a televised show to be watched from home. Riverfront Parks will be closed to the public to discourage spectators.

Typically, the event attracts tens of thousands of spectators to Lower Broadway and generates millions of dollars in visitor spending by hosting a full day of free family activities, a free concert with a diverse lineup of Nashville-based talent and a 30-minute fireworks show choreographed to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony.

Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th is produced by the NCVC in support of the city. No Metro Nashville general fund revenue is used to put on the event. Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th is presented by Dr Pepper and partners include NewsChannel 5, Jack Daniel’s of Lynchburg, Kroger, Omni Nashville Hotel and General Jackson Showboat.

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