INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

Saturday, July 4, 2015
Freedom Hall Civic Center, Johnson City, Tennessee
Presented by

2015 SPONSORS

                                                                                          

2015 ENTERTAINMENT

Haley & Michaels

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

7:00 P.M. - 7:45 P.M.
Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier

6:00 P.M. - 6:45 P.M.
Brad Puckett

5:00 P.M. - 5:45 P.M.
10:20 P.M. - 11:00 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

2015 SPECIAL GUESTS

 
Miss
Johnson City
2015 Kayla Neikirk

Miss Historic
Jonesborough 2015
Hannah Everhart

Special Tribute by
Lightnin'
Charlie

 

2015 VENDORS

Pizza Plus

Pizza

Rocky Top Concessions

Nathan's Hot Dogs

Auntie Ruths

Deep-fried Doughnuts and Pretzels

Hungarian Sausage King

Grilled Peppers and Onions on Bun, Kids' Meals, Cabbage Rolls

Anthony's Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy

Robert's Craft Booth

Foam Toys, Puppets, Halos, Wands, Little Girl Purses

Little City Roller Girls

Freezer Pops, Balloon Hats

Crusader's Baseball

Snow Cones

The Fun Factory

Inflatable Rides

Diane Berry

Crafts and Children's Games

Debbie Bascomb

Sand Art, Snow Cones, Popcorn, Nachos, Small Toys

T.R. Dunn Photography

Oh Snap Photo Booth

Peyton's Italian Ice

Italian Ice

2015 GIVEAWAYS

On-site registration for a chance to win:

GRAND PRIZE - 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Truck from Pepsi, presented by Food City, sponsored by Champion Chevrolet / Cadillac, Freedom Hall, Newschannel 11, WXBQ-FM, Johnson City Press, Dixie Stampede, Hearthside Cabin Rentals in the Smokies, Bristol Motor Speedway, Foster Signs, Lamar, and Courtyard Marriott Johnson City

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

August Race Weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway

Register to win at one of these WXBQ Radio Remotes promoting the
Pepsi 4th of July Celebration presented by Food City

 

LocationDateTimePhotos
Food City #601
2120 South Roan St.
Johnson City, TN 37601
June 3, 2015 4pm-6pm View Photos
 
Food City #617
1430 Volunteer Parkway
Bristol, TN 37620
June 5, 2015 4pm-6pm View Photos
 
Food City #629
509 N. State of Franklin Road
Johnson City, TN 37604
June 9, 2015 11am-1pm View Photos
 
Food City #641
4307 N. Roan St.
Johnson City, TN 37615
June 12, 2015 11am-1pm View Photos
 
Food City #605
1205 N. Eastman Road
Kingsport, TN 37664
June 15, 2015 4pm-6pm View Photos
 
Champion Chevrolet Cadillac
3606 Bristol Highway
Johnson City, TN 37601
June 20, 2015 10am-1pm View Photos
 
Food City #823
396 Towne Centre Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210
June 23, 2015 4pm-6pm View Photos
 
Food City #663
2755 E. Andrew Johnson Highway
Greeneville, TN 37745
June 24, 2015 4pm-6pm View Photos


VIEW 2015 WINNER PHOTOS


2015 SCHEDULE

Pepsi-Beverages Company of Johnson City and the City of Johnson City will sponsor the 30th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration on the grounds of Freedom Hall Civic Center. This year's event will be held on Saturday, July 4th, and 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 attend the event each year, an early arrival is strongly encouraged. Come early and browse through our craft vendors and enjoy great food from area restaurants and civic organizations.

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:

4:00 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 – Brad Puckett

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

On-site registration for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE - 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Truck 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 Cabin Rentals Super Pack Getaway and August Race Weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway

  • 2 nights at the Hearthside Cabin Rentals
  • (4) tickets to Dixie Stampede
  • (4) tickets to Wilderness Water Park

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 Food City 300
  • (2) tickets to the Irwin Tools Night Race

6:00 P.M. - 6:45 P.M. :

Entertainment - Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier

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

Entertainment - Grant Meredith

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

Tribute to our Military including Color Guard

Special patriotic songs by T.R. and Carla Dunn and Miss Historic Jonesborough Hannah Everhart

Pledge of Allegiance lead by Miss Johnson City Kayla Neikirk

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 - Haley & Michaels

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: Truck from Champion Chevrolet/Cadillac

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

Special Tribute to all Armed Forces (Special Tribute Honoring Our Fallen Heroes and Recognizing the Survivors - Gold Star Families) with Patriotic Songs by Lightnin' Charlie

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

10:20 P.M. - 11:00 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 – Brad Puckett


* Schedule subject to change


CHARCOAL GRILLS OR ANY OTHER INCENDIARY DEVICES ARE PROHIBITED

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE PROHIBITED

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 J 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.

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 June 29th 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.

SCIENCE HILL STADIUM (TRACK) SCHEDULE

The Science Hill Stadium Track will be closed all day Wednesday, July 4th. The entrance to the track from the west side (Liberty Bell Blvd.) will be closed on Sunday, July 1st and reopen on Thursday, July 5th. For more information, please call 423-283-5815.

FREEDOM HALL POOL JULY 4th SCHEDULE

The Freedom Hall Pool will be closed all day Wednesday, July 4th. For more information, please call 423-461-4872.

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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