Pops on the River will take place on Independence Day, Saturday, July 4, in Coolidge Park, thanks to the support of the City of Chattanooga, along with sponsorships from ArtsBuild and Integrity Buick GMC Cadillac and Integrity Chevrolet. 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, beginning at 5:00 pm. Ironglide, an all-veteran rock band from Nashville, will takethe stage at 5:00. At 5:40, veteran songwriters from the music therapy program Operation Song will take the stage, along with Grammy-winning songwriter Bob Regan. From 6:00-6:40 Chattanooga-based Mitch Rossell and his band will perform a country music set in honor of veterans. For more information about the innovative therapeutic mission of Operation Song for veterans visit operationsong.org.
The CSO, directed by guest conductor Jacob Harrison, 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 guest soloist will be local baritone Brett Hyberger.
This will be the first Pops on the River concert with Harrison, who has conducted several concerts with the CSO. “We're so glad that Pops on the River is taking place again and we're very grateful to ArtsBuild, Chattanooga Presents, all the sponsors, and particularly to the City of Chattanooga for doing the hard work to assure that this beloved community event takes place again,” said Molly Sasse, Executive Director of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera.
The fireworks display, shot from the neighboring Renaissance Park, will begin immediately upon the conclusion of the symphony performance at 9:45 pm.
A variety of food, beer and non-alcoholic drink concessions will be available on site. 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! For more information on the event, visit www.chattanoogapops.com or call 423-265-0771.