INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Freedom Hall Civic Center, Johnson City, Tennessee
Presented by

2017 SPONSORS

                                                                                                               

2017 ENTERTAINMENT

Clare Dunn

Austin Moody

Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier

Ashley Tragler

PARK & RIDE — FREE Johnson City Transit bus service begins from East Tennessee State University (corner of State of Franklin and University Parkway) and Winged Deer Park Complex (Bristol Highway) parking lots

2017 SPECIAL GUESTS

 
Miss Johnson City 2017
Whitney Shelton

Miss Historic Jonesborough's
2017 Iris Princess
Kira Whitson

Miss Historic Jonesborough 2017
Morgan Munsey

2017 VENDORS

Pizza Plus

Food Vendor

Jones Family Kettle Corn

Food Vendor

Little Peyton's Italian Ice

Food Vendor

D & A Concessions

Food Vendor with Deep-fried Onions

Taste Budz

Food Vendor with BBQ Beef

Hungarian Sausage King

Food Vendor with Sausage Deli Sandwiches

Two Guys Hot Dogs

Food Vendor

Auntie Ruth

Food Vendor with Pretzels and Doughnuts

Kona Ice

Food Vendor with Frozen Ice for Children

Morewood Smokey Meats

Food Vendor with BBQ Chicken

Anthony Campbell

Food Vendor with Cotton Candy

Brett Roberts

Craft Vendor with Toys

Crusaders Baseball

Food Vendor with Sno Cones

The Fun Factory

Inflatables

Diane Berry

Food Vendor with Lollipop Tree

Jasmine's Face Painting

Craft Vendor

2017 GIVEAWAYS

On-site registration for a chance to win:

GRAND PRIZE - 2017 Chevrolet Sonic LS from Pepsi, presented by Food City, sponsored by Champion Chevrolet / Cadillac

Dixie Stampede/Hearthside Cabin Rentals of the Smokies Super Pack Getaway

2 nights at the Hearthside Cabin Rentals (2 bedrooms)
(4) tickets to Dixie Stampede
(4) tickets to Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures

August Race Weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway

(2) tickets to Camping World Truck Series 200
(2) tickets to Food City 300
(2) tickets to Bass Pro Shops NRA Night race
Register to win at one of these WXBQ Radio Remotes promoting the
Pepsi 4th of July Celebration presented by Food City

 

Location Date Time Photos
Food City #601
2120 South Roan St.
Johnson City, TN 37601
June 2, 2017 4pm-6pm View Photos
 
Food City #640
500 Forest Drive
Jonesborough, TN 37659
June 7, 2017 12 noon - 2pm View Photos
 
Champion Chevrolet Cadillac
3606 Bristol Highway
Johnson City, TN 37601
June 10, 2017 2pm-5pm View Photos
 
Food City #617
1430 Volunteer Parkway
Bristol, TN 37620
June 12, 2017 4pm-6pm View Photos
 
Food City #605
1205 N. Eastman Road
Kingsport, TN 37664
June 14, 2017 12 noon - 2pm View Photos
 
Food City #641
4307 N. Roan St.
Johnson City, TN 37601
June 16, 2017 12 noon - 2pm View Photos
 
Food City #670
125 Judge Gresham Road
Gray, TN 37615
June 20, 2017 12 noon - 2pm View Photos
 
Food City #663
2755 E. Andrew Johnson Hwy
Greeneville, TN 37745
June 23, 2017 4pm-6pm View Photos
 
Food City #629
920 N. State of Franklin Road
Johnson City, TN 37604
June 27, 2017 12 noon - 2pm


VIEW 2016 WINNER PHOTO

2017 SCHEDULE

Pepsi-Beverages Company of Johnson City and the City of Johnson City will sponsor the 32nd Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration on the grounds of Freedom Hall Civic Center. This year's event will be held on Tuesday, July 4th. Everyone is invited to join in the festivities. There will not be a rain date for this event. The fireworks time could be delayed if there is inclement weather that evening. Visitors will be moved inside the Freedom Hall arena in the event of severe weather. Since several thousand people attend the event each year, an early arrival is strongly encouraged.

There will not be a rain date for this event. The fireworks time could be delayed if there is inclement weather that evening. Visitors may be moved inside the Freedom Hall arena temporarily in the event of severe weather.

SAFETY ALERT: For your own safety, do not leave the premises until the lights come on in the baseball fields after the fireworks presentation.

The following tentative schedule* may be useful in planning your evening:

5:00 P.M. – 8:15 P.M. :

PARK & RIDE — FREE Johnson City Transit bus service begins from East Tennessee State University (corner of State of Franklin and University Parkway) and Winged Deer Park Complex (Bristol Highway) parking lots

5:00 P.M. :

Food service begins, craft booths open, children’s games start. NOTE: Only Authorized Food/Craft Vendors Will Be Allowed

5:00 P.M. - 5:45 P.M. :

Entertainment begins – Ashley Traglar with Six Gun

5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. :

On-site registration for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE - 2017 Chevrolet Sonic LS from Pepsi, presented by Food City, sponsored by Champion Chevrolet / Cadillac

5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. :

On-site registration for a chance to the win Dixie Stampede/Hearthside Cabins - Super Pack Getaway

  • (4) tickets to Dixie Stampede
  • 2 night stay Hearthside Cabins (2 bedroom)
  • (4) tickets Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures

5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. :

On-site registration for a chance to win an August Race Weekend at BMS sponsored by Bristol Motor Speedway

  • (2) tickets to Camping World Truck Series 200
  • (2) tickets to Food City 300
  • (2) tickets to Bass Pro Shops NRA Night race

6:00 P.M. - 6:40 P.M. :

Entertainment - Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier

6:45 P.M. - 6:50 P.M. :

Tribute to Gold Star Families and Police Department Music by Elizabeth Painter (Former Miss Watauga Valley and lead singer for Daisi Rain)

7:00 P.M. - 7:45 P.M. :

Entertainment - Austin Moody

8:00 P.M. - 8:10 P.M.:

Tribute to our Military including Color Guard

Patriotic songs by local T. R. and Carla Dunn & Kasey Coggins

Pledge of Allegiance lead by Miss Johnson City Whitney Shelton and Miss Historic Jonesborough Morgan Munsey

8:15 P.M. :

PARK & RIDE — Last bus shuttle departs from ETSU and Winged Deer Park

8:15 P.M. - 9:15 P.M. :

Entertainment - Clare Dunn (opening entertainer for Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line)

9:20 P.M. - 9:35 P.M. :

Event Prize Drawings will be conducted: Drawing for Dixie Stampede/Hearthside Cabin Rentals Super Pack Getaway, August Race Weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, Grand Prize Drawing: 2017 Chevrolet Sonic LS from Pepsi, presented by Food City, sponsored by Champion Chevrolet / Cadillac

9:40 P.M. - 9:45 P.M. :

Tribute to all Armed Forces Patriotic Songs by Elizabeth Painter

9:50 P.M. :

Welcome by Johnson City Commissioner and WXBQ musical introduction for fireworks

9:55 P.M. - 10:15 P.M. :

Fireworks by Pyro Shows of Lafollette, TN, WJHL-TV News Channel 11 will be doing a live remote of the event, with WXBQ 96.9 FM broadcasting of fireworks music

10:20 P.M. :

PARK & RIDE — FREE Johnson City Transit service begins returning patrons to parking areas at ETSU and Winged Deer Park

10:20 P.M. - 11:00 P.M. :

Entertainment resumes on stage – Austin Moody


* Schedule subject to change


CHARCOAL GRILLS OR ANY OTHER INCENDIARY DEVICES ARE PROHIBITED

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE PROHIBITED

PETS SHOULD REMAIN AT HOME FOR THE SAFETY OF THE ANIMALS AND ATTENDEES

MASS TRANSIT SERVICES

  • Coolers and lawn chairs will be allowed on the FREE Johnson City Transit buses; charcoal grills or any other incendiary devices will not be allowed on the buses.
  • Only "service" animals will be allowed on the buses - no household pets. Lift-equipped buses for the handicapped will be available both pick-up sites.

PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PATRONS

  • Lift-equipped buses will be available at ETSU and Winged Deer Park to bring physically challenged patrons to the event
  • Handicapped parking passes and instructions may be obtained by calling Freedom Hall no later than Monday, July 1st at 461-4884 weekdays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
  • Portable restroom facilities for the handicapped will be located on-site.

PERSONAL VEHICLES AND PROPERTY

  • Patrons driving personal vehicles to Freedom Hall are encouraged to remember to leave all valuables (cellular telephones, laptop computers, money, jewelry, purses, wallets, CDs, shopping bags, etc.) at home.
  • Any valuables left in personal vehicles should not be left in plain sight and vehicles should remain locked at all times.

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES:

  • No thru vehicle traffic will be allowed at the Science Hill Vocational School; pedestrian traffic will be allowed access from the Vocational School Parking Lot I to the entertainment areas
  • Sections of Morningside Drive will be designated for JCT bus traffic only
  • No thru traffic will be allowed on Guaranda Drive, Longview Drive, North Gilmer Park, Lacy Street, Sells Street, Mullins Street, Belmeade Drive, and Baron Drive. Only those showing drivers' licenses with home addresses will be allowed access.
  • Residents of these streets inviting guests to fireworks parties should provide police officers blocking the roads with a copy of their invitation list - all others will not be allowed access
  • Pedestrian traffic will be stopped on Guaranda Drive at 8:45 p.m. and resume at 10:45 p.m.
  • Pedestrian and vehicular traffic will be stopped on Liberty Bell Boulevard at 8:45 p.m. and resume at 10:45 p.m.
  • Following the fireworks, one-way traffic only will be allowed on Sundale Drive, Longview Drive and Guaranda Drive.
  • Use the Knob Creek - State of Franklin connection to get between Bristol Highway, I-26 and Freedom Hall
  • When leaving the fireworks, use I-26 (rather than Kingsport and Bristol Highways), State of Franklin Road and Highway 381.

KERMIT TIPTON (TRACK) SCHEDULE

The Kermit Tipton Stadium will be closed all day Tuesday, July 4th. The entrance to the track from the west side (Liberty Bell Blvd.) will be closed on Monday, July 1st and reopen at noon on Wednesday, July 5th. For more information, please call Parks & Recreation at 423-283-5815.

FREEDOM HALL POOL JULY 4th SCHEDULE

The Freedom Hall Pool is currently closed due to ongoing construction and renovations at Freedom Hall. For more information, please call Recreation Services at 423-434-5749.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

  • Ambulances will be located around the periphery of the Freedom Hall site.
  • Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel will be posted at the command post location near the Freedom Hall pool.
  • EMS personnel on bicycles and golf car mini-med will circulate throughout the crowd.
  • Johnson City Fire Bureau personnel will be able to travel into the crowd via specially equipped golf cars to deliver emergency medical and fire suppression services.

PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN FIREWORKS

The best fireworks show in town will begin at 9:55 p.m. Please do not endanger yourself or others in the crowd by bringing your own fireworks./

JOHNSON CITY CODE - Sec. 16-43 Fireworks:

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale, or keep in stock, or give away, within the city, or one (1) mile thereof, any firecracker, cannon cracker, torpedo, Roman candle, sky rocket, pin wheel or any fireworks of any nature whatsoever, or any toy pistol or cannon, discharged by percussion caps or by percussion caps and gunpowder or other means.

(b) No person shall sell, possess or use fireworks of any description within the city; provided, that this section shall not apply to wholesale dealers and jobbers who may possess fireworks for sale to merchants and dealers outside the city and sell same to such outside dealers and merchants; provided, further, that this section shall not apply to fairs, shows and exhibitors who desire to give fireworks displays for the amusement of the public; provided, that such displays shall be given under the joint supervision of the exhibitor and city police department so as to protect the health and welfare of the public, but no such fireworks display shall be given without a permit from the city recorder. (Code 1964, § 21-32)

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