It’s Saturday morning, no work today, time to think of something fun to do – and to take a little look into the future! On Saturday, July 4, 2009 (just two weeks from today), more than 100,000 people will show up at Freedom Hall Civic Center (1320 Pactolas Rd., Johnson City, Tenn.), for the best fireworks show in this area.
The folks at Pepsi, Food, City, WXBQ, Dixie Stampede, WJHL TV, The Johnson City Press, and Freedom Hall join forces every year to put on what is not only a great fireworks display, but a whole afternoon filled with entertainment and fun!
There will also be concessions available, beginning at 3 p.m., or you can pack your evening meal. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and come out for a great evening. Here’s the list of entertainers and schedule for the evening.
July 4, 2009, Freedom Hall Schedule
3:00 – 3:45 p.m The Dance Company
4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Jessica Nixon
5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Brinley Addington
6:00 – 6:45 p.m. – Greenbriar Bluegrass Band with Jimbo Whaley
7:00 – 7:45 p.m. – Brinley Addington
8:00 – 8:10 p.m. – Tribute to our armed forces, POW and Rolling Thunder.
8:05 p.m. Flyover
8:10 – 9:15 p.m. – Greenbriar Bluegrass Band with Jimbo Whaley
9:15 – 9:40 p.m. – Drawing for Super Pack Vacation from Dixie Stampede, and drawing for three $3,500 Gift Certificates to Food City
9:40 p.m. – 9:50 p.m. Tribute and presentation of charity donation to Family Readiness Group
9:50 – 9:55 p.m – Start of Fireworks, with Johnson City Mayor Jane Myron
10:20 p.m. – at the conclusion of the Fireworks show, Brinley Addington will again take the stage.
Brinley Addington is a Kingsport, Tenn., native, and now resides in Nashville. I hope you will visit his MySpace page and listen to some of his music. He also has a list of his upcoming shows there. And for those of you in Northeast Tennessee – Brinley will be opening for Jack Ingram at the FREE Twilight Alive outdoor concert on Broad Street in Kingsport on Aug. 20. You’ll be hearing more about that soon.
Jimbo Whaley is a singer/songwriter, who is performs with the bluegrass band Greenbriar, and was formerly with the band Pine Mountain Railroad, which he co-founded in 1988. You can read his bio, and check out his show schedule on his web site.
Jessica Nixon, who will also be entertaining the crowd this year, is the reigning Miss Johnson City, and really a fantastic singer. Jessica earned her bachelor of science degree from East Tennessee State University graduate, and is currently in her first year at the Bill Gatton School of Pharmacy at ETSU.
Here’s a little sample of what you will hear at the July 4 celebration in Johnson City. It’s Brinley Addington, “Why I Never Will.”
It’s time to go out and enjoy Saturday. Hope you all have a great one. I’ll talk to you all soon. And I’ll answer my e-mail soon too, I promise.