Nashville Celebrates July 4th With Spectacular Fireworks Show

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Nashville Celebrates July 4th With Spectacular Fireworks Show

CREATED Jul 4, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thousands of people descended on Music City Friday night, for Nashville's biggest Fourth of July celebration ever.

More than 150,000 people flocked to the riverfront in downtown Nashville to attend Music City’s July 4th: Let Freedom Sing celebration on Friday night.

Activities began at noon, and concerts started at 6:45 p.m. on the Jack Daniels Main Stage at 1st and Broadway, with performances from Striking Matches, Ashley Monroe and headliner Billy Currington.

Then around 10 p.m., more than 30,000 fireworks were shot off from the banks of the Cumberland River by LP Field. Crowds watched the show from the Riverfront.

Earlier this week, the American Pyrotechnics Association ranked Nashville's Fourth of July fireworks show as the second best in the country.

The organization, which represents the fireworks industry, based that ranking off of the amount of fireworks launched, and the complexity of the show.

This year’s show was 27-minutes long, making it longest in Music City history and the largest in the South. It is also unique in that it is choreographed to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

According to the list, Nashville's show only trails only the Macy's 4th of July Spectacular in New York City, which is ranked as the number one show in the country.

Fans began lining up at River Front Park around 9 a.m.

“I've heard stories from past years, it gets packed everyone gets really friendly and then things go boom,” said Paul Fryer, who arrived to the event early.

Traffic was a concern for anyone traveling down for the celebration. Finding a parking space was particularly difficult as thousands packed into the city for the event.

Metropolitan Nashville Police had hundreds of officers on patrol throughout the day to make sure everything ran smoothly.

And as a reminder, fireworks are illegal in Davidson County, with the exception of properly permitted public displays. Officers will be out monitoring complaints and violations could result in citations and the confiscation of fireworks.

For a full list of fireworks shows around Middle Tennessee, click here.