MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Mt. Juliet 4th of July fireworks display will not light up the sky this year after the city lost the location for the event.
The city's Independence Day celebration has taken place at a number of different locations over the years.
However, city officials say the location that was used last year is now home to another business and would not be suitable or safe for the event.
City manager Kenny Martin released the statement below explaining the details.
Please know I understand and respect everyone’s disappointment. I have been with the city 29 years and have always enjoyed the fireworks display myself with family, friends and neighbors, but unfortunately we lost the spot we were holding our annual show and it can no longer be conducted at that location. The previous location is now home to the new At Home Store and the adjoining lot will soon house an in-door trampoline park. The show itself has moved several times over the years and we always managed to find a suitable site. But with a growing community finding the appropriate site can be most difficult. Various considerations are safety, parking, visibility, our citizens, logistics, traffic, pets, and livestock which are often traumatized by the fireworks. I know this is disappointing, but we unfortunately no longer have an adequate site to conduct the show. like many communities, who have been faced with the same or similar challenges, we will now focus on conducting an alternative celebration. Many communities have Fourth of July/Independence Day Celebrations in lieu of fireworks and we are currently researching the many possibilities. One such idea would be to have a Fourth of July/Independence Day Celebration in our city park with a parade for the kids, face painting, bouncy houses and fun for all ages. I hope my note has helped in some way to clarify how we arrived at this decision. Respectfull, Kenny Martin