Music City Dedicates This Year’s Fourth of July Celebration to First Responders


Music City will honor healthcare heroes, first responders and frontline workers with a televised fireworks show from downtown Nashville on Fourth of July, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today. There will be no public concert or spectators allowed in parks. A short fireworks display will be set to recorded music by Nashville artists, which will air locally on NewsChannel 5.

Country music superstar Brad Paisley, who was previously scheduled to headline this year’s Fourth of July event, will instead headline in 2021, giving the community something to look forward to and visitors a reason to book a trip to Nashville next year.

 “The community deserves a celebration and our healthcare and frontline workers deserve to be honored,” said Butch Spyridon,  the president and CEO of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

“Music City has consistently had one of the largest July 4th celebrations in the nation, and while the crowds will be asked to stay home this year and our fireworks display will be minimal, we still wanted to find a way to celebrate our country and our city during this difficult time.”

NewsChannel 5 will broadcast the one-hour show from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Go to for information on the live-streamed event.

 “NewsChannel 5 is proud to safely share this celebration with the community we love,” said Lyn Plantinga the vice president and general manager of NewsChannel 5. “It is a privilege to help honor the strength of all of our neighbors and give special thanks to the frontline workers who protect us each and every day. Our entire team is looking forward to July 4th.”

Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th presented by Dr. Pepper is taking a different tone this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to social distancing guidelines and the desire to responsibly keep the community safe, this year’s Independence Day event will be limited to a televised show to be watched from home. Riverfront Parks will be closed to the public to discourage spectators.

 Typically, the event attracts tens of thousands of spectators to Lower Broadway and generates millions of dollars in visitor spending by hosting a full day of free family activities, a free concert with a diverse lineup of Nashville-based talent and a 30-minute fireworks show choreographed to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony.

 Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th is produced by the NCVC in support of the city. No Metro Nashville general fund revenue is used to put on the event. Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th is presented by Dr. Pepper and partners include NewsChannel 5, Jack Daniel’s, Kroger, Omni Nashville Hotel and General Jackson Showboat.

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Bethany Bowman is a freelance entertainment writer in Nashville, TN. You can follow her blog, Bethany WritesInstagram and Twitter.






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