Whose broad stripes and bright stars were so gallantly streaming…over the star shaped Fort McHenry!
Chattanooga will continue the tradition of celebrating the July 4th Holiday with Pops on the River, Saturday, July 3. This holiday celebration will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. and will feature an outdoor concert with a patriotic theme by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (CSO) at Coolidge Park.
The fireworks will be set to music as a large fireworks display over the Tennessee River. But first, kids young and old will be playing throughout the park.
Directed by Robert Bernhardt, the Chattanooga Symphony will present a program that will include the The Armed Forces Salute, patriotic pieces from Sousa and Tchaikovsky and selections from Oklahoma, Star Trek Through the Years, and Sing Out America (bring your “pipes” and plan to sing along).
The Dismembered Tennesseans, always a local favorite will perform during the show as well.
The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a picnic during this concert and fireworks display. Food, beer and non-alcoholic drink concessions will be available on site. The rain date for the concert will be the next day, Sunday, July 4.
A couple of years ago, we spent the afternoon and early evening on the Fat Cat Ferry just prior to the Symphony… what a blast and great vantage point for the gathering that takes place in Coolidge Park.
Boats of all shapes and sizes will begin to stake out their spot on the river which by evening will resemble an “armada”.
note: Coolidge Park will close to traffic at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Shuttle buses will begin at 6 p.m. from the UNUM parking lots between 4th and 5th streets to Coolidge Park. Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the free parking in the UNUM parking lots and complimentary busses. The buses will be unloading near the Chattanooga Theatre Centre prior to the celebration and will pick up at the intersection of Tremont and River Streets to return attendees to the UNUM parking lots until 11 p.m.
Attendees may also park on the south shore of the river and walk across the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge to the performance in Coolidge Park. However, no one will be allowed to set up chairs, or remain on the center of the Walnut Street Bridge during the show, as it will be closed beginning at 8:15 PM in preparation for the fireworks display.
Support of the City of Chattanooga and sponsorships from First Tennessee Bank, as well as Allied Arts and Integrity Automotive have made this years Pops on the River possible.
You’ll have to come to see the fireworks!
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