Byrd's Eye View - Nashville's Fourth of July bash
PROUD TO BE A NASHVILLIAN
Less than two months after Riverfront Park was completely submerged in flood waters, the area recovered in fine form with Nashville’s “Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing!” celebration.
The 2010 festivities stretched across the weekend kicking off on Friday night with a performance from Chuck Wicks at the 25th anniversary celebration of the General Jackson showboat and continued through Saturday and Sunday with appearances from Jaci Velasquez, American Idol’s Ayla Brown, Jessie James, Damien Horne, Jordyn Shellhart, Calico Trail, Julianne Hough, Trace Adkins and of course, the Nashville Symphony.
Fireworks capped each evening with the grand finale coming on Sunday night when Nashville blew up more than 10,000 pounds of colorful, twinkling explosives in a display so grand, the American Pyrotechnics Association named it one of the top 13 can’t miss fireworks shows in the country.
I was lucky enough to catch a bird’s eye view of the event from the balcony at Aerial, located just above Paradise Park, where a red carpet spread had been laid out for guests complete with festive decorations, a red, white and blue summer dessert bar and a champagne toast just as the show hit it’s crescendo.