John Hiatt, Tenille Townes Among Artists To Lead Nashville’s July 4th Celebration Broadcast

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Though there will be no open-to-the-public concert in downtown Nashville as part of this year’s July 4th celebration, the television broadcast will still feature plenty of music, according to an announcement from the even’t organizers.

John Hiatt, Lilly Hiatt, Keb’ Mo’, and Tenille Townes will offer performances that can only be viewed via the television broadcast and livestream. As previously announced, a headlining public concert headlined by Brad Paisley has been moved to 2021.

The televised show, which will honor healthcare workers, first responders and other frontline workers, will air locally via NewsChannel5 from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. CT on July 4. The show will include live music performances and a short fireworks display set to recorded music. The four Nashville-based artists will perform one live song during the televised show. Riverfront Parks will be closed in order to discourage spectators.

“While quite different from year’s past, this is a way to keep the music playing to fans around the world while honoring our healthcare heroes and frontline workers,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “We’ve done a lot of preparation to make this a safe event, and we hope in this time of social distancing that everyone enjoys watching the show on TV from home. A special word of thanks to several of our partners who are covering the cost of the fireworks.”

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, Tennessee Highway Safety Office: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk and General Jackson Showboat.


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