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NewsChannel 5 to air Nashville's Fourth of July celebration honoring front-line workers

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Posted at 3:46 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 22:13:31-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Music City will honor health care workers, first responders and front-line workers during the pandemic with a televised fireworks show from downtown Nashville on the Fourth of July. The celebration will air live exclusively on NewsChannel 5.

"The community deserves a celebration and our health care and front-line workers deserve to be honored," said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. "Music City has consistently had one of the largest July Fourth 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."

Due to social distancing guidelines, there will be no public concert or spectators allowed in parks.

The fireworks display will be set to recorded music from Nashville artists. NewsChannel 5 will broadcast the one-hour show from 9 to 10 p.m.

"NewsChannel 5 is proud to safely share this celebration with the community we love," said Lyn Plantinga, vice president and general manager of NewsChannel 5. "It is a privilege to help honor the strength of all of our neighbors and give special thanks to the front-line workers who protect us each and every day. Our entire team is looking forward to July Fourth."

This year's previously scheduled "Let Freedom Sing!" celebration originally would have been headlined by country music superstar Brad Paisely, who will now instead headline the event in 2021.

The celebration is produced by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp and presented by Dr Pepper, with partners including NewsChannel 5, Jack Daniel's, Kroger, Omni Nashville Hotel and General Jackson Showboat. No Metro Nashville general fund revenue will be used to put on the event.

Go to visitmusiccity.com/july4th for information on the live streamed event.