July 4th celebration big hit downtown, July 5 events cancelled - WKRN News 2

4th of July celebration big hit downtown, July 5th events cancelled

Posted: Updated: July 5, 2013 04:03 AM
Left: West of the river. Right: East of the river. Left: West of the river. Right: East of the river.

The riverfront was packed with people attending Nashville's downtown 4th of July celebration on Thursday.

The event, called "Let Freedom Ring" featured a live performance The Band Perry followed by a fireworks display.

Officials estimate around 100,000 people headed downtown for the festivities.

The celebration started wet and rain put a damper on a holiday that most people hope for sunshine, but event-goers kept a bright outlook on the celebration and its true meaning.

"It's kind of a bummer, but it's still going to go on and it's going to be a blast. We're celebrating independence," said Jon Campbell who attended the vent. "I'm retired army. I'm proud to be here no matter what."

"We just got this stuff for free and we thought it would be cool since it's raining. It's kind of fun. Why not? It's rain. Fourth of July," said attendee Cassidy Reese about her new pool float.

The Band Perry headlined the show, which brought fans from afar.

"Who cares about the weather? This is a blast," said Jason White.

"I'm excited. I love Nashville and I love country," said his wife, Sarah.

There were 13,000 pounds of fireworks lit to the sound of music provided by the Nashville Symphony.

The Nashville Symphony was scheduled to perform live, but cancelled of the weather. The fireworks show was synchronized to some of their pre-recorded music instead.

Some may have enjoyed the show more than others, depending on where they were watching.

Many on the downtown side of the river dealt with lingering smoke blocking their view of the fireworks finale, while residents and visitors on the east side of the river had a crystal clear view.

The Band Perry said they were happy to be celebrating the holiday with fans and other attendees.

"To be here in the Music City and celebrate Independence Day and the American dream is so apropos for us because so many of our dreams are coming true on the streets of Nashville, you know, up and down Music Row and all the people that we love here," said The Band Perry

They opened their set on Thursday with a song from their new album called "Done." It was recently nominated for a Teen Choice award.

Late Thursday night, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp announced that all events on July 5 are cancelled.

The events were to be a continuation of the "Let Freedom Ring" celebration including live music and festivities downtown.

"Despite the rain, we are glad that thousands of locals and visitors came out to enjoy today's festivities, including incredible performances by The Band Perry, Keb'Mo' and Striking Matches," said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the NCVC.

The NCVC said they do not want to press their luck with continuing Friday's events.

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