Nashville prepares for biggest 4th of July celebration yet

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Nashville is gearing up for one of the biggest firework shows in the country! 

This year’s Music City July 4th event Let Freedom Sing! is expected to be Nashville’s biggest show yet. 

According to Butch Spyridon, President and CEO of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, Nashville’s show is unique because the fireworks display is choreographed to music. The Nashville Symphony Orchestra will play as the fireworks are set off.

Nashville’s show has grown tremendously over the years. “As soon as we figured out what we were doing, a couple of years in, we realized we had a great opportunity to be mentioned in the same breath as Philadelphia, NY, Boston, and Washington. We’ve certainly accomplished that. We want to be the go-to destination for July 4th,” said Spyridon. 

Lansden Hill, President of Pyro Shows, said that 33,500 lbs. of fireworks will be used at the show. The largest shells set to be launched during the show are as big as basketballs, weighing ten pounds each. Different sized shells will be fired together, creating a dazzling effect. 

“It’s by far one of the top five shows in the country,” said Julie Heckman, Executive Director of American Pyrotechnics Association.

“This show has grown exponentially, and it’s a great free event for anybody in the Nashville area. As someone coming from Washington D.C., I can’t think of a better place I’d like to be on the Fourth of July,” Heckman said. 

Spyridon and Hill stress the importance of safety at this event. Temperatures are hot, and with an estimated 200,000 people attending, it is important to hydrate. 

The event will also have security, off-duty officers, undercover officers, and Metro police. 

The celebration kicks off Wednesday at noon with live music, family fun, and concessions. 

Lady Antebellum will perform at 8:10 p.m. on the Broadway stage. 

The fireworks show will be held at 9:30 p.m. at Ascend Amphitheater. 

There will be road closures to accommodate the event. All roads should be re-opened by July 6 at noon. A complete list of road closures can be found HERE.

If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it on TV. News 2’s live coverage of the show called Let Freedom Sing! begins at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday. You can watch on WKRN TV or stream it online, including a special “one camera viewing” option.

See what goes on behind the scenes to match the fireworks with the music in this video: 

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