Metro police will be out in full force in Nashville as more than 100,000 people are expected to descend to the downtown area to watch the annual fireworks celebration on Thursday night.
Event goers are reminded to be mindful of their surroundings and to report any suspicious or concerning behaviors to officers.
Beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, the Woodland Street Bridge will be closed to traffic and will only be available to pedestrians.
Area residents are cautioned against stopping in traffic lanes on Koreans Veterans Boulevard or parking on the shoulders of the interstate to watch the fireworks display.
Motorists are subject to being ticketed for doing so.
Vehicles left abandoned on the interstate will be towed.
Following the annual downtown Nashville fireworks display, police will follow a plan to help move traffic out of the downtown area as efficiently as possible.
- Vehicles parked on the north side of Broadway will be directed to the west on Commerce Street, Church Street, Union Street and Charlotte Avenue;
- Vehicles parked on the south side of Broadway will be directed to the east or west on Korean Veterans Boulevard and to the south on 8th Avenue;
- Vehicles parked on the LP Field campus will be directed east on Woodland and Shelby Streets to the interstate system;
- Vehicles parked on the north side of LP Field will be directed east on Woodland Street and north on North 1st Street to the interstate system;
- Vehicles parked on the south side of LP Field will be directed to take Davidson Street to South 5th Street to the interstate system;
- Vehicles parked on the south side of Korean Veterans Boulevard will be directed south on 4th and 8th Avenues.
With the exception of properly permitted public displays, police are also reminding Nashvillians that it is illegal to use fireworks in Davidson County.
Violations could result in misdemeanor citations and the confiscation of fireworks.