NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) – Preparation for one of Nashville’s first major events in over a year is underway.
The “Let Freedom Sing Music City July Fourth” celebration is expected to draw 400,000 people to downtown Nashville.
The teams had a busy week setting up the stage and preparing for the show. The concert stage at First Avenue and Broadway is already in place and several streets are closed Friday morning.
So on Sunday you will definitely want to plan ahead as it will save you a lot of headaches.
There are several prohibited items for the July 4th event. This includes things like backpacks, coolers, weapons, pets, and drones. In addition, no alcohol is allowed inside or outside the perimeter.
You can bring umbrellas, blankets, small bags, folding chairs and personal cameras.
Much safety planning has gone into the celebration. Law enforcement officials want you to have fun, but say safety starts with you.
“We want everyone to be self-aware on Sunday and if you see anything suspicious or worrying, say something. We will have a lot of officers nearby, they will be very visible and will not be difficult to find, ”said Metro Police Chief John Drake.
More than 1,000 officers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Private Security and Metropolitan Police will be on site.
There will also be eight first aid stations throughout the event.
The best advice is to plan ahead. There will be a lot of traffic and delays all weekend.
Road closures in the city center
Starting Sunday morning, many roads in downtown Nashville will be closed.
The following roads should reopen immediately after the fireworks end:
- Woodland Street Bridge
- Second Avenue from Church Street to Union Street
- Church Street from Second Avenue to Third Avenue
- Union Street from Third Avenue to Woodland Street Bridge
- John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
The following roads are expected to reopen at 6 a.m. on Monday:
- Broadway from Seventh Avenue to Eighth Avenue
- Second Avenue from Commerce Street to Church Street
- Third avenue de Demonbreun at rue du Commerce
- Fourth Avenue de Demonbreun in Commerce Street
- Seventh Avenue from Demonbreun to Commerce Street
- Rue du Commerce from Second Avenue to Third Avenue
- Opry Place (Ryman Alley)