Two nights ago, over 100,000 people filed downtown to enjoy the “Let Freedom Sing” celebration, Nashville’s Fourth of July celebration. Last year, an estimated 125,000 people enjoyed the festivities, spending over 5.6 million dollars, pumping much needed cash into Nashville’s economy. Attendees began showing up at Riverfront Park early on Monday morning to reserve a spot. Nashville residents Mona and Rick Eichler, for example, came to the park bright and early at 9:30 Monday morning to stake out the perfect spot.
After spending more than five years in a row at downtown’s festival, the couple now calls it a tradition. Thousands of people throughout the day joined the Eichler’s, scoping out the best spot on the lawn to watch the performances and fireworks. Downtown, crowds of people converged on any street where they could get a view of the sky over the stadium. “Everybody is getting along, it’s beautiful. Nashville does have the best festival,” Angela Peterson explained. The headline show started just after 8:00 p.m. with star Darius Rucker and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. The fireworks over the Cumberland River started at 9:20 p.m. and certainly did not disappoint festival goers (source) (picture source). It seems that this Nashville Fourth of July tradition is growing bigger and bigger every year, and will hopefully continue to bring needed cash into our economy.