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May 29, 2009

The 24th annual Pepsi Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display Show

Location of fireworks display: Freedom Hall Civic Center
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Details: JOHNSON CITY — Tough economic times can’t stop Independence Day.
“During these tough economic times we are seeing budget cuts with companies and local governments as well,” Pepsi representative Tim Swecker said Thursday in announcing the details for the 24th annual Pepsi Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Show at Freedom Hall Civic Center on Saturday, July 4.
“But I think it is important that in these tough economic times that we have these events that lift the spirits of the community and this region. I feel everyone involved in planning this event should be commended for banding together to bring this event to the public,” Swecker said.
Johnson City police say they have things pretty much figured out after all these years, and the plan works.
“As in all years, we encourage everyone to come out and have a fine time,” Johnson City Police Department Lt. Gerald Harrell said. “We just want to make sure that people realize there are city ordinances that prohibit fireworks, especially those here on the grounds. With so many people out here, it’s not a safe thing to do. Nothing is gonna change from years past. Roads that have been blocked will be blocked again this year.”
Some other ground rules to remember before heading out to Freedom Hall are no alcoholic beverages or incendiary devices, like charcoal grills and fireworks, can be brought to the grounds.
There will be free mass transit service, including lift buses for the physically challenged, which will originate from East Tennessee State University and Winged Deer Park. Handicapped parking passes and instructions are available and must be applied for no later than June 29 by calling 461-4884.
Some talented local entertainment will be headlining this year’s event.
“Brinley Addington from over in Kingsport is one of our headliners,” Swecker said. “The folks in Nashville are anxious for him to move there full time and launch his career, but he’s a local young man. Jessica Nixon is Miss Johnson City and currently vying for Miss Tennessee. She has done some tribute songs for us in the past, and this year we are going to let her show some more of what she can do. Also, Greenbriar bluegrass band will be performing.”
The fireworks draw nearly 75,000 people, and that can cause quite a bit of traffic congestion. Police have the same traffic flow plan in place that has worked well in years past. The best bet is to plan a little extra time for getting to and from the event.


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