Nashville boasts biggest July 4th fireworks show in the U.S.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville’s annual July 4th celebration gets bigger and better every year. This year’s fireworks show now gets top billing as it will feature more fireworks shells than any display in the country.
“The event garners more and more international media attention each year and is now a massive, multi-day celebration where thousands travel to enjoy free music and the best fireworks in the country,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., in a news release. “July 4 falls on a Saturday this year, giving us the chance to leverage our past success and create maximum return for the city. With the U.S. men’s soccer match on Friday, two days of great performances, family activities and the largest fireworks show in the country, we estimate it to be a huge weekend for Nashville.”
The July 4 musical lineup will feature Grammy-nominated artist Mikky Ekko and headliner Martina McBride, a four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. On July 3, Southern rockers The Weeks will headline “A Prelude to the 4th”, which will also feature local recording artist Gabe Dixon, Elise Davis and DJ DU.
Last year’s massive fireworks display, which included more than 35,000 shells and ran for 27 minutes, was rated the No. 2 must-see event in the country by the American Pyrotechnics Association. According to Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., the event last year drew a record crowd of 284,000 people in the downtown area and sold more 22,000 hotel rooms throughout the city.