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Nashville preparing for huge Fourth of July celebration

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Thousands of shells will light up the Nashville sky for nearly half an hour Friday night.

It's one of the biggest fireworks shows in the country, and it's so big the finale has a finale.

"We're trying to do a finale during the Symphony, maybe an all-color finale. We're gonna try to draw attention to the Symphony with the color and everybody will get to hear them and then it's, 'Katy bar the door' on the finale. I guarantee ya they'll hear us in Nashville," said Jimmy Huddleston with Pyro Shows.

Huddleston says 8,000 pounds of explosives will go off by the time the show is over.

Syncing up 30,000 fireworks is hard enough, but setting them off to explode in rhythm with a playing symphony? That's tough.

Even with all the high-tech equipment, these men know to expect the unexpected.

"We had a 6-inch shell go off right by the firing bunker several years back. It was so close you could feel the air pressure change in your ears," said Huddleston.

"We were shooting a show in Chattanooga ... and lightning had prematurely set some fireworks off. It was pretty nerve-wracking," said Tate Wilson with Pyro Shows.

The "Let Freedom Sing" celebration will feature performances by Billy Currington, Ashley Monroe, Striking Matches and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. The performances kick off at 6:30 p.m. at the main stage on 1st Avenue and Broadway.

The fireworks will start at 9:45 p.m. Click here for more information.

The Metro police department reminds event-goers to be mindful of their surroundings and to say something to an officer or call (615) 880-1515 if they see anything suspicious or concerning.

Parking will be available at the Music City Center parking garage and LP Field for $10.

Here's some more information about traffic downtown:

  • The Woodland Street Bridge will close to traffic at 8 p.m. Friday and will only be available for pedestrians.
  • The Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge will close at 8 p.m.
  • Drivers are warned against stopping in traffic lanes on Korean Veterans Boulevard or parking on the shoulders of the interstate. Drivers are subject to being ticketed.

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