Preparations underway for annual 4th of July celebration - WKRN News 2

Preparations underway for Nashville's annual 4th of July celebration

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Crews are working to put the final touches on Nashville's annual Fourth of July Celebration.

This year's event, Let Freedom Sing! celebration at Riverfront Park is said to be bigger and better in 2012.

"It'll be a bigger fireworks show," said Butch Spyrdon of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, adding, "It will be a little longer and it'll have more 10-inch shells than we have ever had."

The concert stage has been moved to the South side of the pedestrian street bridge, allowing for some 20,000 more spectators.

"Part of the reason for the move was safety concerns we've had some stage collapses in the past year and putting the stage here is a much more safer environment, but uh with moving here we also added a lot more production, more video more lighting and us it just kind of opened up some opportunities to make this show bigger and better," production manager Chris Lisle told Nashville's News 2.

Nashville is the largest show in the South and it's ranked one of the top five Fourth of July celebrations in the country.

Last year, approximately 125,000 people attended the Fourth of July celebration, which generated $5.6 million in tax revenue.

This year, thanks to the addition of the lawn at Riverfront Park, the event has the capacity to welcome an additional 20,000 people.

Festivities will begin Tuesday, July 3 with a free concert at Riverfront Park beginning at 6 p.m.

The music starts at Noon on Wednesday.

The Mavericks, Craig Morgan, Sarah Darling, the Music City Hit-Makers and the Nashville Symphony will perform beginning at 6:45 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

Nashville's News 2 will stream the fireworks show live on wkrn.com, WKRN's mobile app and on Comcast Channel 245.

Many Mid-State area including Dickson (within city limits) and Clarksville (within city limits), among others, have issued fireworks bans due to the extremely hot and dry conditions. For a complete list of burn and fireworks bans, click here.

Read more at MusicCityJuly4th.com.

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