Pops on the River will take place in 2016, on Sunday, July 3, in Coolidge Park, thanks to the support of the City of Chattanooga, along with sponsorships from ArtsBuild, Integrity Buick GMC Cadillac and Chevrolet and Alliance Physical Therapy. This popular community celebration will feature a FREE outdoor patriotic concert by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (CSO) at Coolidge Park as well as a large fireworks finale over the Tennessee River.
This year’s entertainment will begin early with a special tribute to veterans. Local and regional bands will perform original and cover music to salute veterans. For more information about the innovative therapeutic mission of Operation Song for veterans visit operationsong.org.
The CSO, directed by conductor Kayoko Dan, will begin their patriotic program at 8:00 pm featuring Sousa Marches the “Armed Forces Salute,” and “Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture”, as well as “Raiders March” from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The fireworks display, shot from the neighboring Renaissance Park, will begin immediately upon the conclusion of the symphony performance at approximately 9:45 pm.
A variety of food, beer and non-alcoholic drink concessions will be available on site and the sales of food and beverage go to support Pops on the River. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a picnic during this concert and fireworks display.
Coolidge Park will close to vehicular traffic at 4:30 pm on the day of the show. Free shuttle service will run from the Republic parking lots (previously owned by UNUM) between 4th and 5th Streets from 6-11 pm. The lots are pay-to-park lots. Shuttle pickup and drop off on the north side of the river will be near the Chattanooga Theatre Centre at the intersection of Tremont and River Streets.
In addition to the corporate sponsorships, media support for Pops on the River is provided by Sunny 92.3 and the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Pops on the River is produced by Chattanooga Presents!