Independence Day
July 3, 2017


Monday, July 3rd
A FREE Event at Coolidge Park


The 2017 Pops on the River Independence Day celebration will take place on July 3, in Coolidge Park, thanks to the support of the City of Chattanooga and ArtsBuild, along with sponsorship from  Integrity Buick GMC Cadillac and Integrity Chevrolet and Erlanger Heart & Lung Institute. This popular community event will feature a FREE outdoor patriotic concert by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (CSO) as well as performances from veteran songwriters with “Operation Song.” A large fireworks display is scheduled for its conclusion at approximately 9:45pm.


The Entertainment


Entertainment will start at 5:00 pm with a special tribute to veterans, featuring Veteran songwriters in the round with Operation Song. From 5:00-7:00 pm, hear stories from veterans and listen to their talented songwriting.  The Operation Song portion is sponsored by Merrill Lynch and Erlanger. For more information about the innovative therapeutic mission of Operation Song for veterans and its program in Chattanooga visit www.operationsong.org.

Then at 8:00 pm, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will begin their patriotic program featuring favorites such as the “Armed Forces Salute,” “Colonel Bogey's March,” “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “1812 Overture.” The symphony will be directed by conductor Kayoko Dan, and the program will feature a guest appearance by bluegrass band, the Dismembered Tennesseans.

5 PM
Entertainment starts. Special tribute to veterans.

8 PM
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera begins

                   Kayoko Dan

                   Kayoko Dan


The Fireworks!


The fireworks display, shot from the neighboring Renaissance Park, will begin immediately upon the conclusion of the symphony’s performance at approximately 9:45 PM.

9:45 PM
Fireworks Start Time


Event Details

Food/drink, shuttle & parking.


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 the Pops on the River program.    

Coolidge Park will be closing to vehicular traffic at 4:00 PM on the day of the show. There will be free shuttle service running from the Republic parking lots (previously owned by UNUM) between 4th and 5th Streets from 6:00-11:00 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.

4:00 PM
Coolidge Park closed to traffic.

6:00 - 11 PM
Free shuttle service.