NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An estimated 215,000 people came out to celebrate the Fourth of July in downtown Nashville – nearly 70,000 more than originally expected.
Thousands of people crammed into downtown Nashville, along the Cumberland River 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. Then around 10 p.m., more than 30,000 fireworks were shot off from the banks of the river by LP Field.
Earlier this week, the American Pyrotechnics Association ranked Nashville's Fourth of July fireworks show as the second best in the country. The much-anticipated show did not disappoint the large crowd.
Butch Spyridon, the head of the Nashville Convention and Visitor's Bureau, said even though New York's fireworks display ranks number one, he wants the city to do everything it can to take the top spot away from the Big Apple in 2015.
"In the past we've generated about $5 million in visitor spending on July 4th. I think we definitely topped that. We'll survey the hotels and bars Monday and Tuesday but yea it was a big night for Nashville's economy too," he said.
This year’s show was around 27-minutes long, making it longest in Music City history and the largest in the South. It was also unique in that it is choreographed to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
The Metro Nashville Police Department also garnered high praise in dealing with the record crowd and clearing everyone out by 1 a.m.
Several other communities will continue the Independence Day spirit by putting on their fireworks shows Saturday night.
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