How the summer is going to play out in the Music City has been pretty up in the air, but with non-essential businesses and other retailers opening back up, would-be adventurers and Nashville residents have a new silver-lining on the road to normalcy. Nashville is one of the busiest places when it comes to the 4th of July, but that might change this year. The popular Nashville Tennessee 4th of July celebration will likely be held off until 2021.
Nashville Mayor, John Cooper, announced in a news briefing Thursday, April 30, that 2020's 4th of July is likely to see a cancellation. The annual celebration brought a total of 343,000 people together in 2019 alone.
Though many residents have been following the social distancing guidelines and doing anything they can to help combat the virus, the sheer size of the event could create a relapse domino effect that Gov. Cooper seeks to prevent.
"The reality is...it's probably unlikely," said Cooper, "That's a large social gathering, that's hundreds of thousands of people."
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Since this event brings in so many tourists year after year, the city will likely take a hit when it comes to income. According to Fox17 Nashville, the event brought in $10.8 million last year directly from tourist spending.
The "Let Freedom Sing" celebration is known to bring in some of the biggest country stars like Keith Urban and Brett Eldredge to headline, and it's even been broadcasted on TV.
Each year offers different activities for those of all ages like water slides, climbing walls, live music, yard games and so much more.
The firework show the event puts on is one of the largest in the country, according to the official website. To make it even more unique, the Nashville Symphony performs a live medley of songs that accompany the sky-high show.
While answers of what's to come next for Nashville's 4th of July are still in the works, residents might just have to plan for a virtual celebration and a cozy cookout at home this year.
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