Nashville cancels Fourth of July concert, moves fireworks show to TV

More than 300,00 people attended the event in downtown Nashville in 2019. (Courtesy Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.)
More than 300,00 people attended the event in downtown Nashville in 2019. (Courtesy Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.)

More than 300,00 people attended the event in downtown Nashville in 2019. (Courtesy Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.)

The city's annual Fourth of July concert in downtown Nashville has been canceled, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. announced May 19.

In place of the event, a fireworks show celebrating health care workers and first responders will air at 9 p.m. July 4 on News Channel 5, according to the announcement. Parks in downtown will be closed to spectators.


“The community deserves a celebration and our healthcare and frontline workers deserve to be honored,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., in a release. “Music City has consistently had one of the largest July 4 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.”

Brad Paisley, who was previously scheduled to headline the event, will instead perform in 2021.

In 2019, 343,000 people attended the annual concert, according to the NCVC. The event generated $14.2 million in direct visitor spending, a 31% increase over 2018.