Knoxville shifts Fourth of July fireworks, adds fire power

Knoxville shifts Fourth of July fireworks, adds fire power


6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - One week from Monday, Knoxville's 27th annual Festival on the 4th kicks off celebrating America's birthday.

The free event is known to attract up to 20,000 people every year to downtown.

"The fireworks begin at 9:35 p.m.," said special events director Judith Foltz.

The city traditionally shoots the fireworks from the Henley Bridge, but since it's closed for construction, the fireworks will be shot from the nearby parking lot of Baptist hospital.

To accommodate the change, the city will use more fire power.

"We feel like it's going to make for an even better show. We have to go a little bit higher so we will use a larger shell," Foltz said.

The fun starts at 2:00 p.m. at World's Fair Park with food and music building up to the fireworks show.

"Definitely no pets and no coolers are allowed. If you have a backpack that's okay," Foltz said. 

Alcohol and pop up tents are also not allowed.

There will be 20 food vendors on site for Festival on the 4th. Various music artists will perform starting at 3:00 p.m., ending with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

Parking will be free on the Fourth of July at most city garages.

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