Police Add Enforcement For Nashville July 4th

Posted at 4:18 PM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 17:51:41-04

With the 4th of July weekend, comes an increased police presence in downtown Nashville.

More than 250,000 people are expected to be in downtown on the 4th and a lot of officers in uniform as well.

Don Aaron with the Metro Nashville Police Department said “America is on a heightened state of alert and that goes for Nashville too.”

So the department has asked anyone who see’s anything out of the ordinary during the holiday’s downtown events to immediately tell the closest officer, which he said wouldn’t be hard to find.

“Any time there is a major event in Nashville, we are in close contact with our federal partners and we do a threat assessment,” said Aaron. “We see what they know, what intelligence do we have, and there is no known threat to the Nashville 4th of July celebration.”

Officials have stressed the importance of knowing and abiding by the event’s new rules and regulations.

No large backpacks or coolers are allowed past security checkpoints to ensure everyone’s safety.

They’ve also asked drivers not to park on the side of any interstates or entrance or exit ramps in order to watch the fireworks show.

Anyone who parks on the shoulder to do so, would be asked to move or any abandoned vehicle would be towed.