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Nashville Cancels 2020 Fourth of July Block Party and Fireworks

More sad news for Music City.

Nashville Cancels 2020 Fourth of July Block Party and Fireworks
NASHVILLE, TN - JULY 04: Fireworks are seen at the 2018 Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th concert on July 4, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Nashville’s famous Fourth of July block party and fireworks extravaganza — one of largest annual events in the nation — has been cancelled for 2020. A small televised event will take its place.

Originally planned to be headlined by country star Brad Paisley and welcome tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Nashville, this year’s Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th presented by Dr Pepper has been squashed by COVID-19. Organizers will not allow spectators in any of Nashville’s public parks to view what has been re-cast as a toned-down fireworks display in honor of “healthcare heroes, first responders and frontline workers.”

“The community deserves a celebration and our healthcare and frontline workers deserve to be honored,” said Butch Spyridon, President and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “Music City has consistently had one of the largest July 4th celebrations in the nation, and while the crowds will be asked to stay home this year and our fireworks display will be minimal, we still wanted to find a way to celebrate our country and our city during this difficult time.”

NewsChannel 5 will broadcast the one-hour show from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring the fireworks display and a pre-recorded musical soundtrack by artists like John Hiatt, Lilly Hiatt, Keb’ Mo’ and Tenille Townes. Paisley is set to return to headline the 2021 event.