Chris YoungNashville’s Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th presented by Dr Pepper Cherry (#NashvilleJuly4) will have a new layout with the main concert stage, featuring country music hitmaker Chris Young, located at Fifth and Broadway and the GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony performing at Ascend Amphitheater. The city’s Independence Day celebration is a free, family-friendly event that features the largest fireworks show in the country.

The new configuration will spread attendees over a larger area of Lower Broadway and Riverfront Park, allowing those interested in the concert to congregate closer to the “Broadway Stage” at Fifth and Broadway and those attending for the fireworks show to find spots around Riverfront Park, The Green at Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater. The pyrotechnics are synchronized to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony.

As previously announced, GRAMMY-nominated country star Chris Young will headline the concert. Young is a multi-Platinum recording artist from nearby Murfreesboro, Tenn. with nine No. 1 singles, including his ACM-, CMA- and GRAMMY-nominated duet “Think Of You” with Cassadee Pope and recent chart-topper “Sober Saturday Night” with Vince Gill. The lineup also includes the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the genre-blurring ensemble of “Fishin’ In The Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles” fame; R&B artist Jonny P; and folk rock duo The Sisterhood, featuring Alyssa Bonagura and Ruby Stewart, daughter of rock icon Rod Stewart.

“With the kind of year Nashville has had, it is only fitting that we celebrate with our largest fireworks show ever,” said Beth Seigenthaler Courtney, board chair of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and president at DVL Seigenthaler. “A diverse lineup of great music will kick off the night on the Broadway Stage, and we will end it with an appropriate bang.”

The one-day event will include a Family Fun Zone at Music City Walk of Fame Park from noon to 4 p.m. Live music on the Broadway Stage will kick off with the National Anthem performed by Jason Eskridge and remarks from Mayor Megan Barry at 5:15 p.m. Young will wrap up on the Broadway Stage at 9:15 p.m., at which time attention will move to Ascend Amphitheater and the Nashville Symphony for the 30-minute fireworks show. This will be the third consecutive year Nashville will host the largest fireworks show in the country. The show will feature more than 35,000 pounds of explosives, and 150 miles of wire will be used.

Video screens will be placed on Broadway between Third and Fourth Avenue and at Walk of Fame Park. Audio will be piped to Public Square Park, Walk of Fame Park, Riverfront Park and The Green at Riverfront Park. Those sitting in Ascend Amphitheater will be able to watch the Broadway Stage concert on screens, while those on Broadway and Walk of Fame Park will be able to watch the Nashville Symphony performance on screens.

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Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th kicks off an extended patriotic weekend that starts with a bang and ends with a kick with live music in between. Following the Independence Day celebration, MercyMe will be in concert at Ascend Amphitheater on July 6; My Morning Jacket and Margo Price then hit Ascend Amphitheater on July 7; and the Gold Cup double-header soccer match featuring the U.S. Men’s National Team will take place on July 8 at Nissan Stadium.

Vacation packages are available for purchase. Please call 1-800-657-6910 or go to www.visitmusiccity.com/vacationpackages.

This is the first year backpacks, luggage and coolers are not permitted.

“We apologize, but this is a safety move,” Spyridon said. The model was tested during the Stanley Cup playoff viewing parties and received minimal complaints. “We just have to take the precautions. We’ll be wandering and checking.”

To compensate for restricting coolers, two hot dogs for $3 and two bottles of water for $1 will be available.

Other prohibited items include guns and other weapons, illegal drugs, laser pointers, wagons, pets, tents, drones, bicycles and skateboards.

Authorized items include personal umbrellas, collapsible chairs (except in Ascend Amphitheater), blankets and small bags smaller than 16-by-10-by-4. (via TENNESSEAN.COM)

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