Crews Preparing For Nashville's 'Let Freedom Sing' 4th Of July Celebration

Posted at 12:45 PM, Jul 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 19:41:13-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Crews have been busy on both sides of the Cumberland River preparing for Nashville's "Let Freedom Sing" celebration on the 4th of July.

On the Nissan Stadium side of the river crews have been working since Sunday setting up the fireworks that will make up the biggest Independence Day pyrotechnics show in the nation.

"We shoot anywhere from an inch, to 10 inches in diameter. A ten inch shell is bigger than a basketball, and will go a thousand feet up into the air," explained Tate Wilson.

This year's fireworks show was planned to be much bigger than the 2014 version. Last year there were six flatbed trailers of fireworks shells. This time around they said they’re using ten trailers worth of fire power. At 31 minutes, this show was set to be five minutes longer than the previous year.

Each of the shells would launch to the music of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, which will play on the downtown side of the river. Pyro Shows has a crew member on the stage calling the script according to the cadence of the music.

A crew of eight people will be in a trailer dubbed "the bunker", which sits next to Nissan Stadium. Each member of the crew has a panel of switches they use to launch the fireworks.

Music will play on the Broadway stage starting at 4 p.m. Friday. The music was set to start at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Last year's celebration drew 285,000 people to downtown Nashville. Martina McBride will headline the Saturday concert before the fireworks show.

AT&T uVerse was scheduled to stream the Saturday program live.

"You can watch the live stream on your computer, your tablet, your mobile device. We'll have the AT&T building lit up in the patriotic red, white, and blue," said Cathy Lewandowski, from AT&T.

Whether you watch the fireworks at home, or online, there will be something new to see in sky above the Cumberland River.

"We have a special Music note shell this year, so that'll be very exciting to see," Tate said.

You can log on here, starting Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for the live stream of the event.