Brad Paisley will headline the return of Nashville’s giant July 4th celebration on Lower Broadway this year following its cancellation in 2020 due to the pandemic. The Let Freedom Sing! event, presented by Dr Pepper, will feature the largest fireworks show in Nashville history with the pyrotechnics synchronized to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony. Paisley was previously scheduled to headline in 2020, and agreed to perform this year instead.
The free, family-friendly event has regularly drawn more than 200,000 and as many as 343,000 in 2019, and 250,000 in 2018. This will be the 18th annual celebration produced by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and the 37th in the city. The concert stage will be located at First and Broadway, and the Nashville Symphony will perform at Ascend Amphitheater at the conclusion of the multi-genre concert. Additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks.
“After the year that Nashville has had, from a tornado to a bombing, Nashvillians deserve something to look forward to coming out of the pandemic,” says Butch Spyridon, President and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “More than ever, we want to deliver a world-class concert and fireworks show to commemorate July 4th and give back to our community. As well, our visitors have always supported us through challenges, and this is the perfect way to welcome them back and welcome live music back to Music City.”
Let Freedom Sing! is expected to be Nashville’s first major post-pandemic event. The NCVC is being guided by the Mayor’s Office and Metro Public Health on health and safety measures. Due to COVID-19, last year’s event was reworked as a television show with no public concert, spectators or fireworks.