NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Music City hosted the biggest Fourth of July firework display in the country Saturday night in downtown Nashville.
Butch Spyridon, the President of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp, told News 2 the city gave the firework company enough money to out-perform the display in New York.
“Our fireworks company can estimate, knows how many shells New York has. So my response to him was ‘At least one more than New York,’ but we gave him enough budget to make it more than just one more than New York.”
Before the Nashville skyline was lit up with an exquisite fireworks display Saturday night, attendees of the annual “Let Freedom Sing” participated in a number of family-friendly activities at the free McDonald’s Family Fun Zone.
The McDonald’s Family Fun Zone was located on Fifth Avenue at Broadway, just outside the Bridgestone Arena Tower.
The family fun zone included games, inflatables and free samples.
Live music kicked off at noon at the AT&T GigaPower Stage and includes performances by Annie Bosko, Small Time Rock Stars, Scat Springs & The Scat Springs Band, Shirely Tempo and Striking Matches.
The night continued with a performance by country star Martina McBride and Mikky Ekko prior to the much-anticipated fireworks display.
The all-day celebration ended with the nationally-ranked fireworks show timed to music played by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
This year’s show lasted longer than last years, which was a whopping 27 minutes and included 35,000 shells.
Friday night, thousands of people attended “A Prelude to the 4th,” which was held at the Jack Daniel’s Main Stage at First Avenue and Broadway.
That show included performances from Gabe Dixon, Elise Davis, The Weeks and DJDU.