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Our nation’s birthday is upon us and since the Fourth falls on a Saturday, the federal holiday will be observed on Friday, July 3. Since most of the county will have Friday off, drop by the Farmer’s Market in its new location at Lane Agri-Park on John Rice Boulevard. It’s the perfect place to find fresh tomatoes and other veggies for the Fourth of July family picnic.

MAP OF NEW CELEBRATION LOCATION AT SPORTS COM


The headliner of the Fourth of July weekend is the Celebration Under the Stars, which also moves to a new home this year.

After spending 11 years at MTSU, the Celebration will be held at McKnight Park next to the SportsCom at Memorial Boulevard and Dejarnette Lane. MTSU no longer has the space available as the intramural fields are the future site of the Student Union and a new education building, MTSU spokesman Tom Tozer said.

The Celebration Under the Stars fun will start earlier in the day this year. The SportsCom will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. for a pool party, games and prizes at a cost of $2 for youth and seniors and $3 for adults.

Free, family friendly fun at the Celebration Under the Stars starts at 5 p.m. and fireworks will light up the sky at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 4th. From 5-8 p.m., there will be games and activities for the kids, including inflatables and face painting, MPRD spokesman Jeni Brinkman said.

“At 8 o’clock, following the presentation of colors and singing of the national anthem, the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra will present a program of traditional patriotic tunes and inspirational classics,” she added.
 
For safety purposes, organizers would like to remind everyone pets, alcoholic beverages, cooking grills and personal fireworks are not permitted on site. Families are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets for picnicking on the grass and concessions will be available. Parking is limited onsite, so MPRD requests families carpool to the event, Brinkman said.

“For parking, please enter at the entrances for McKnight Park off Dejarnette Lane,” she said. “The Dejarnette Lane exit will be available at all times and the Airport Road exit will be available once the area is cleared by Pyro Shows. Friends and families are encouraged to carpool to maximize the parking available.”
 
For more Fireworks Smyrna has a celebration of its own planned for the holiday.

On Friday, July 3, Smyrna will hold the Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks Show at the Lee Victory Recreation Park at 102 East Sam Ridley Parkway. There will be activities in the park starting at 5 p.m. prior to the Fireworks Show that will begin at 9 p.m. Due to safety issues, Sam Ridley Parkway will be closed at Fitzhugh Boulevard, Nolan Drive, Threet Industrial Road and west of Nolan Drive on Friday while the fireworks are being shot.
 
Nashville will also “Let Freedom Sing” at a fireworks show Saturday at Riverfront Park. The music starts at 2 p.m. with performances by Frankie Ballard, The Grascals, MTA's "Transit," Lee Roy Parnell and more.

The Main Stage concert will kick off at 7 p.m. with the Fisk Jubilee Singers and the Nashville Symphony performing the National Anthem, followed by a special patriotic salute by Mayor Karl Dean, Barry Scott and the Nashville Symphony. Performances by The Gabe Dixon Band and Wynonna will continue through the night. The grand finale includes a fireworks display synchronized with a performance by the Nashville Symphony.
 
A Central Celebration Before the fireworks, some other events will brighten the holiday weekend. Friday night Main Street Murfreesboro presents Friday Night Live, a family friendly concert on the Public Square. The Crusty Veterans will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Central High School classes of 1969, 1970 and 1971 sponsor the band, as part of A Central Celebration.

A Central Celebration consists of several community-wide events meant to serve as a reunion for the last high school classes to walk the halls of Central, which is now a middle school. Celebration activities will get under way Friday night with a mixer at The Blue Rooster on the east side of the Square, beginning at 5 p.m.

Events will continue Saturday with a barbecue on the campus of Central Middle School from 1-5 p.m. Class exhibits, a DJ playing music of the era and school tours are also planned for the afternoon, organizers said. The barbecue is intended for members of the classes of 1968, 1969 and 1970, but it also is open to guests from other Central classes. Cost is $20 per person. More information about A Central Celebration is available at www.tecomm.com/CelebrateCentral.html. Michelle Willard can be contacted at 615-869-0816 or mwillard@murfreesboropost.com.
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June 28, 2009 at 9:29am
I have always been impressed with the patriotic spirit these communities have displayed. Arriving here five years ago, we attended our first Riverfront Park Fourth of July celebration and was simply amazed at how beautiful and wonderful the event was. The performers were great, and the fireworks were tremendous. The police were courteous and helpful and the park with it's shade trees helped with the heat. It's a day my wife and I will always remember with great fondness.

And now that Murfreesboro will be moving their celebration to McNight Park, we'll be able to enjoy their celebration better by seeing it from our front porch. Wow.

Thanks goes out from us to our communities, for having such great planners and coordinators who work to bring us this type of patriotic enjoyment year after year.
June 28, 2009 at 10:20am
It was great being able to see the show in my yard for the last 11 years. Sad now I won't be able to see it from here. I won't make the drive into the crowd. If I was going to do that I'd go see the show in Nashville. Instead I plan to go to the lake and watch the fireworks there. Thanks M'boro for the past 11 years.
June 28, 2009 at 12:21pm
I, too, am sad it's moving as we've had a tradition for the last 7 years of inviting over friends and family, grilling in our backyard and then going to the Hobgood ballfield to watch the MTSU firework show. I'm with Trvlace... if we wanted to deal with the crowds, we'd go to Nashville. Guess we'll miss seeing a show at least for this year. :(
July 02, 2009 at 8:24am
I went to the celebration last year and it was beautiful.I love the 4th of July and everything that it represents. I love being with my family and friends however, the one thing that gets to me is when the show opens and the National Anthem is played and people just sit there and don't even stand up.I saw alot of people do this last year.This year I won't be able to make it because I am serving in Iraq.I have known people here who have made the ultimate sacrifice not to mention sacrifice over the past, and there are people who cannot sacrifice a few moments to honor our country and those who have gone before it to protect it.If this is you please show respect.
July 04, 2009 at 10:18pm
"Free, family friendly fun at the Celebration Under the Stars starts at 5 p.m. and fireworks will light up the sky at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 4th. From 5-8 p.m., there will be games and activities for the kids, including inflatables and face painting, MPRD spokesman Jeni Brinkman said." Only problem was the fireworks were already over at 9pm.
July 04, 2009 at 10:47pm
I am sure a lot of folks was disappointed this year. Every where it was advertised that the fireworks would start at 9 p.m. and for years that is when they started. This year, they started early. I wonder why they decided to start almost 30 minutes early this year.
July 05, 2009 at 7:47am
With all the news coverage of Steve Mcnair yesterday, it was quite easy to see that rain was moving our way. I'm glad to see that they made the common sense decision to start the fireworks early, rather than have them get soaked by the storm that came through at 9:00. Not to mention the potential danger of having so many folks outside at that particular moment. I found it to be a very wise decision.
July 06, 2009 at 4:59am
I have to agree with Hamilton, and I do Salute you and all veterans. I am a USAF vet myself, and I have a habit of coming to attention when the flag goes by in a parade, and even when the National Anthem is played before a Football game or the start of a NASCAR race, I have habit of standing during the playing of it. This year I am flying a new flag along with the Stars and Stripes, it is the Honor and Remember flag which is for all those who have made the supreme sacrifice. Go to www.HonorandRemember.org. Sign the petition, and fly this flag, I do. God Bless you Hamilton and all your Comrades in Arms for protecting me and my family here in the United States of America. God Bless America......
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