July 4, 2019
Pepsico Beverages North America of Johnson City and the City of Johnson City will sponsor the 34th. Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration on the grounds of Freedom Hall Civic Center on Thursday, July 4th. Everyone is invited to join in the festivities. 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.
The following schedule may be useful in planning your evening:
5:00- 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 parking lots
Food service begins, craft booths open, children’s games start
5:30- 6:00 p.m.
5:00- 7:00 p.m.
On-site registration for a chance to win prizes
6:00- 6:40 p.m.
Music by Jimbo Whaley and Greenbriar
6:45- 6:50 p.m.
Tribute to Gold Star Families and Disabled Veterans
7:00- 7:45 p.m.
Music by local band Southern Rebellion
8:00- 8:10 p.m.
Color Guard with National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance.
Pledge of Allegiance lead by Miss Johnson City Peyton Kirby Wilson, Miss Historic Jonesborough Annie Malcom, and Outstanding Teen Miss Historic Jonesborough Tara Kilgore
8:15- 9:15 p.m.
Music Adam Craig
PARK & RIDE
Last bus shuttle departs from ETSU and Winged Deer Park
Prize drawings on stage
Welcome by Johnson City Commissioner and WXBQ musical introduction for fireworks
Fireworks by Pyro Shows of Lafollette, TN
Live remote of event by WJHL-TV News Channel 11 with WXBQ 96.9 FM broadcasting of fireworks music
PARK & RIDE
FREE Johnson City Transit service begins returning patrons to parking areas at ETSU and Winged Deer Park
Entertainment resumes on stage with Southern Rebellion
*Schedule subject to change
PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN FIREWORKS
PLEASE NOTE THAT ATTENDEES SHOULD USE CLEAR BAGS AS ALL OTHER BAGS ARE SUBJECT TO SEARCH
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 Tuesday, July 3rd at 461-4884 weekdays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Portable restroom facilities for the physically challenged 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.