July 4th Celebration Advisory
July 3, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Metro police officers will have a very visible presence downtown tomorrow to enhance the safety of the more than 140,000 persons expected to attend Nashville’s Music City July 4th Celebration.
The police department reminds event goers to be mindful of their surroundings, and that if they see something suspicious or concerning, say something to a nearby officer. Citizens are also advised to treat their personal belongings as if they were in an airport and not leave them unattended. Unattended items are subject to disposal.
The Woodland Street Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic at 8 p.m. tomorrow night and will then be available only to pedestrians (similar to the Titans traffic plan).
Area residents are cautioned against stopping in traffic lanes on Korean Veterans Boulevard or parking on the shoulders of the interstate system to watch the downtown fireworks display. Stopping/parking on the interstate is inherently dangerous. Officers will be on the lookout for such vehicles. Motorists are subject to being ticketed. Vehicles left abandoned on the interstate will be towed.
After the fireworks display, the police department will deploy a specific egress plan to move traffic out of the downtown area as efficiently as possible.
- Vehicles parked on the north side of Broadway will be directed to the west on Commerce Street, Church Street, Union Street and Charlotte Avenue;
- Vehicles parked on the south side of Broadway will be directed to the east or west on Korean Veterans Boulevard and to the south on 8th Avenue;
- Vehicles parked on the LP Field campus will be directed east on Woodland and Shelby Streets to the interstate system;
- Vehicles parked on the north side of LP Field will be directed east on Woodland Street and north on North 1st Street to the interstate system;
- Vehicles parked on the south side of LP Field will be directed to take Davidson Street to South 5th Street to the interstate system;
- Vehicles parked on the south side of Korean Veterans Boulevard will be directed
The police department reminds Nashvillians that it is illegal to use fireworks in Davidson County, with the exception of properly permitted public displays. Officers will monitor neighborhood complaints. Violations could result in the issuance of misdemeanor citations and the confiscation of fireworks.