Security measures in place for Nashville’s Fourth of July celebration

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Hundreds of Metro officers will staff Nashville’s Fourth of July celebration, Let Freedom Sing, in downtown Nashville.

The department is encouraging attendees to adhere to the “see something, say something” adage:  If they see something suspicious, say something to law enforcement.

Attendees can also call 615-880-1515 to report suspicious activity.

Don Aaron, a spokesman for Metro police, said, “We understand that America as a whole is on a heightened state of alert. That’s certainly the case here in Nashville. People need to be vigilant. Have a good time, but if you see something that concerns you, report it to a nearby police officer.”

Police are also asking attendees not to leave belongings unattended.

Aaron also warned against revelers firing shots into the air.

“Over the years some persons have chosen to celebrate the Fourth of July by firing a gun into the air. The reminder that what goes up, must come down. So, if a bullet goes into the air, it’s going to come down somewhere.”

At the 2015 celebration, two people were struck by stray bullets.

The department also issued a reminder that fireworks are illegal in Nashville, unless the possessor is properly permitted for a public display.

News 2 will broadcast the “Let Freedom Sing!” celebration live at Ascend Amphitheater.

Coverage of the activities start at 4:00 a.m. Monday, with live coverage continuing on and off throughout the day and evening.

At 9 p.m., News 2 will begin broadcasting the music from the Ascend Amphitheater commercial free to bring viewers a portion of Sheryl Crow’s performance, along with the Nashville Symphony performing live music to an awe-inspiring fireworks display at dusk.

With more than 250,000 people expected to attend this year’s Independence Day celebration, new security measures will be in place. Full list of prohibited and permitted items. 

Click here for a list of  road closures attendees need to know about, and here for a guide to parking and transit.

View our complete guide to Nashville’s Fourth of July festivities.

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