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Construction Brings 4th Of July Changes

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by Todd Walker

NASHVILLE, Tenn - It's hard to turn a corner in downtown Nashville without finding some kind of construction.

Because of that, some changes have to be made to downtown events including Music City's iconic 4th of July celebration.

The main stage will move down First Avenue to the intersection of First and Broadway, because the old thermal site, where the celebrations are normally held, is under construction.

The Nashville Convention and Visitor's Corporation said the stage setup will look like the New Year's Eve celebration.

CVC President Butch Spyridon said the fireworks show has been beefed up even more and will be bigger than ever. He said people will have great vantage points whether they are on Broadway or across the river.

Around 150,000 people are expected downtown for the 4th of July festivities.

"We have been nationally ranked for each of the last eight years," Spyridon said. "It's a great family event, it's a great music event and it's the best fireworks show in the country."

Spyridon said Nashville's 4th of July celebration is consistently ranked as one of the top in the nation.

Roads will close down in the area on July 3rd because Nashville Dancin' will be on the main stage at First and Broadway as well.

Next year, Spyridon said the plan is for the new West River Park and Amphitheater at the old thermal plant site to be officially unveiled for the 4th of July celebrations.

Spyridon said big screens are in the works for across the river near LP Field so visitors can still see and hear the main stage while not being in the thick of the crowds.

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