Craig Wayne Boyd to headline 31st Pepsi Independence Day Celebration


Johnson City, TN – Season 7 of “The Voice” winner Craig Wayne Boyd will headline the 31st Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration on the grounds of Freedom Hall Civic Center on Monday, July 4th.  The event is free and everyone is invited to join in the festivities.  Since several thousand people attend the event each year, an early arrival is strongly encouraged.

There will not be a rain date for this event.  The fireworks time could be delayed if there is inclement weather that evening.  Visitors may be moved inside the Freedom Hall arena temporarily in the event of severe weather.

Here is the schedule as it stands now:

5:00- 8:15 p.m.     PARK & RIDE –

FREE Johnson City Transit bus service begins from East Tennessee State University (corner of State of Franklin and University Parkway) and Winged Deer Park Complex parking lots 

5:00 p.m.               Food service begins, craft booths open, children’s games start

NOTE:  Only Authorized Food/Craft Vendors will be allowed

5:00- 5:45 p.m.     Music by Brad Puckett

5:00- 7:00 p.m.     On-site registration for a chance to win prizes:

  • GRAND PRIZE – 2016 Chevrolet Sonic LS  from Pepsi, presented by Food City, sponsored by Champion Chevrolet / Cadillac
  • Dixie Stampede/HearthSide Cabins – Super Pack Getaway
  • (4) tickets to Dixie Stampede
  • 2 night stay Hearthside Cabins (2 bedroom)
  • (4) tickets to Dolly’s Lumberman Jack Dinner Theater
  • August Race Weekend at BMS
  • (2) tickets to UNOH 200 Truck Series
  • (2) tickets to Food City 300
  • (2) tickets to Bass Pro Shops NRA Night race

6:00 – 6:45 p.m.   Music by Jimbo Whaley and Greenbriar

7:00- 7:45 p.m.     Music by Austin Moody

8:00- 8:10 p.m.     Tribute to our Military including Color Guard

Patriotic songs by local New Victory Quartet & Miss Johnson City Hannah Everhart

Pledge of Allegiance lead by Miss Historic Jonesborough

Jacquelyn Crawford

8:15- 9:15 p.m.     Music by Season Seven (2014) Winner of the Voice                    Craig Wayne Boyd

8:15 p.m.              PARK & RIDE

Last bus shuttle departs from ETSU and Winged Deer Park

9:20-9:35 p.m.      Prize drawings on stage

9:40- 9:45 p.m.      Tribute to all Armed Forces honoring 50th Anniversary of Vietnam veterans, military Fallen Heroes and recognition of military Survivors and Gold Star families

Patriotic Songs by New Victory Quartet

9:50 p.m.              Welcome by Johnson City Commissioner and WXBQ musical introduction for fireworks

9:55-10:15 p.m.    Fireworks by Pyro Shows of Lafollette, TN,

Live remote of event by WJHL-TV News Channel 11 with WXBQ 96.9 FM broadcasting of fireworks music

10:20 p.m.             PARK & RIDE

FREE Johnson City Transit service begins returning patrons to parking areas at ETSU and Winged Deer Park

10:20-11:00 p.m.   Entertainment resumes on stage with Austin Moody


–    Coolers and lawn chairs will be allowed on the FREE Johnson City Transit

buses; charcoal grills or any other incendiary devices will not be allowed on the buses

–    Only “service” animals will be allowed on the buses – no household pets. Lift-      equipped buses for the handicapped will be available both pick-up sitesPHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PATRONS

–     Lift-equipped buses will be available at ETSU and Winged Deer Park to bring physically challenged patrons to the event–     Handicapped parking passes and instructions may be obtained by calling Freedom Hall no later than Friday, July 1st at 461-4884 weekdays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 

–     Portable restroom facilities for the physically challenged will be located on-site PERSONAL VEHICLES AND PROPERTY 

  • Patrons driving personal vehicles to Freedom Hall are encouraged to remember to leave all valuables (cellular telephones, laptop computers, money, jewelry, purses, wallets, CDs, shopping bags, etc.) at home.
  • Any valuables left in personal vehicles should not be left in plain sight and vehicles should remain locked at all times.


–     No thru vehicle traffic will be allowed at the Science Hill Vocational School; pedestrian traffic will be allowed access from the Vocational School Parking Lot I to the entertainment areas

–     Sections of Morningside Drive will be designated for JCT bus traffic only

–     No thru traffic will be allowed on Guaranda Drive, Longview Drive, North Gilmer Park, Lacy Street, Sells Street, Mullins Street, Belmeade Drive, and Baron Drive.  Only those showing drivers’ licenses with home addresses will be allowed access

–     Residents of these streets inviting guests to fireworks parties should provide police officers blocking the roads with a copy of their invitation list – all others will not be allowed access

–     Pedestrian traffic will be stopped on Guaranda Drive at 8:45 p.m. and resume at 10:45 p.m.

–     Pedestrian and vehicular traffic will be stopped on Liberty Bell Boulevard at 8:45 p.m. and resume at 10:45 p.m.

  • Following the fireworks, one-way traffic only will be allowed on Sundale Drive, Longview Drive and Guaranda Drive
  • Use the Knob Creek – State of Franklin connection to get between Bristol Highway, I-26 and Freedom Hall
  • When leaving the fireworks, use I-26 (rather than Kingsport and Bristol Highways), State of Franklin Road and Highway 381


The Kermit Tipton Stadium will be closed all day Monday, July 4th.   The entrance to the track from the west side (Liberty Bell Blvd.) will be closed on Friday, July 1st and reopen at noon on Tuesday, July 5th.  For more information, please call Parks & Recreation at       423-283-5815. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

–     Ambulances will be located around the periphery of the Freedom Hall site

–     Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel will be posted at the command post location near the Freedom Hall pool 

–     EMS personnel on bicycles and golf car mini-med will circulate throughout the crowd

–     Johnson City Fire Bureau personnel will be able to travel into the crowd via specially equipped golf cars to deliver emergency medical and fire suppression servicesPLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN FIREWORKS

  • The best fireworks show in town will begin at 9:55 p.m.  Please do not endanger yourself or others in the crowd by bringing your own fireworks
  • JOHNSON CITY CODE – Sec. 16-43 Fireworks –
  • It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale, or keep in stock, or give away, within the city, or one (1) mile thereof, any firecracker, cannon cracker, torpedo, Roman candle, sky rocket, pin wheel or any fireworks of any nature whatsoever, or any toy pistol or cannon, discharged by percussion caps or by percussion caps and gunpowder or other means.
  • No person shall sell, possess or use fireworks of any description within the city; provided, that this section shall not apply to wholesale dealers and jobbers who may possess fireworks for sale to merchants and dealers outside the city and sell same to such outside dealers and merchants; provided, further, that this section shall not apply to fairs, shows and exhibitors who desire to give fireworks displays for the amusement of the public; provided, that such displays shall be given under the joint supervision of the exhibitor and city police department so as to protect the health and welfare of the public, but no such fireworks display shall be given without a permit from the city recorder. (Code 1964, § 21-32)


The Freedom Hall Pool is currently closed to ongoing construction and renovations at Freedom Hall.   For more information, please call Recreation Services at 423-434-5749.

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