"Pops on the River" kicks of Independence Day celebration in Chattanooga
Right now Coolidge Park is buzzing with hundreds of Chattanoogans attending the annual Pops on the River Independence Day Celebration.
If you're planning to head out, here are a few things you may want to know about what to bring.
Lawn chairs, blankets, any coolers and bags are all permitted.
There will be food and drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, but you can bring any snacks or beverages you want into the park with you.
Bringing sunscreen, bug spray and other protectants are also recommended.
First up on the line-up for the event is a musical performance by members of Operation Song that will last until about 7:00 pm. The group has prepared musical tributes to veterans, which include re-telling veteran war stories. That performance will be followed by a performance from the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra.
Organizer Rodney Van Valkenburg says those aren't the only performances you can expect to see while waiting on the grand fireworks finale.
"You'll see street performers from Sound Core and also we have a surprise pop-up performance dance from Ballet Tennessee that will be in the park as well. So, there will be other things going on to celebrate the arts and celebrate our 4th of July," he said.
If you haven't made your way Parking may be scarce but organizers have a free shuttle service picking attendees up every few minutes from the Republic Parking Lot between 4th and 5th Street.
They'll also have pick up and drop off locations near the Chattanooga Theatre Centre at the intersection of Tremont and River Streets.
Fireworks show starts at 9:45 PM. Everyone is encouraged to come out and join in on the fun!