Construction forces Nashville’s 4th of July celebration to move

Construction on First Avenue along the Riverfront has tourism officials changing the city’s 4th of July celebration.

“Because of the renovation project of Riverfront Park, we are moving the main stage from the lawn where it’s been the last couple of years, to the end of Broadway at First Avenue,” Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp director of marketing Deana Ivey said.

The change only affects this year’s Fourth of July celebration. Construction is expected to be complete before next year’s CMA Music Fest.

“It’s a big change for us, but we’re used to doing New Year’s Eve, so it won’t be that difficult to adjust,” Ivey said.

New Year’s Eve draws about 80,000 people to downtown with the main stage in front of the Court of Flags facing the river.

Ivey said she believes the area on lower Broadway can hold up to 100,000 people.

Ivey added Metro police estimates the 4th of July celebration attracts about 150,000 people, although thousands of those are scattered on bridges and rooftops.

She also said since the crowd will stretch down Broadway to around Fifth Avenue, the fireworks show will be longer and better.

“We’ll still have a lot of great low ones,” Ivey said of the fireworks. “But we’re adding some higher, bigger bursts because people will be back on Broadway, so they’ll be able to see it better.”

For more information on the annual Let Freedom Sing fireworks celebration, click here.

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