By RACHAEL LONG / Photos courtesy of the city of Brentwood
Fireworks, food trucks and live music by an old friend will greet those who plan to attend the city of Brentwood’s 32nd annual Independence Day celebration, “Red White and Boom in Brentwood,” on July 4.
The free community event begins at 5 p.m. with food trucks, live music at 7 p.m. and a fireworks show at 9 p.m. The event is scheduled until 10 p.m.
Nearly 10,000 people attend the city’s Independence Day celebration each year, according to a Tuesday press release.
A special performance of the National Anthem will be given by Lou Galterio who has sung the President of the United States, the National Anthem for the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball and more, according to the city.
Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. and will only be changed due to inclement weather. In the case of lightning, strong wind or continuous rain between 7 and 9 p.m., the fireworks will be canceled or postponed. The city notes that lightning is the only reason the concert would be cancelled.
A final performance for Paul Ross and the Kadillacs
The event will feature entertainment by Paul Ross and “The Kadillacs.” The band has regularly performed for several of the city’s Independence Day celebrations over the years. Music will begin at 7 p.m. and feature big band, disco and jazz music.
Ross explained in a press release that the band was created from a live music variety television show in 1984.
“Once the show was cancelled, I was inundated with requests to hire the band from all over the country,” Ross stated. “Well, the rest is history.”
According to the city of Brentwood, the band estimates they have performed more than 1,000 shows across the country.
As the band takes the stage next Thursday, its musicians will be performing under the very amphitheater roof that Ross helped raise in 2000. According to the city, the Eddy Arnold Amphitheater roof was a project of the Williamson, Inc. Leadership Brentwood Class of 2000, in which Ross was a member.
Back then, City Commissioner Regina Smithson was mayor, and she recalls that the total cost of the project was $600,000, according to a press release.
“We, as the city, decided if [Eddy] Arnold would pay for half of it, we would name it after him,” Smithson stated.
The city said Arnold agreed to donate $300,000 to the project, allowing city leaders to handle construction and final project funding.
“Paul has improved the quality of life in Brentwood through not only with his musical talent, but also his public service in Brentwood for many years,” Smithson said.
After 32 years of July 4th performances, the city of Brentwood shared that this will be the final show by the Kadillacs at Crockett Park. Band leader Paul Ross said that the band will retire as of July 4, according to the press release.
Smithson said Ross and the Kadillacs will be missed at the 2020 celebration.
“No one has played a bigger part in providing great music at the concerts than the Kadillacs and Paul Ross,” City Commissioner Anne Dunn stated.
Admission to the event is free as it is sponsored by Brentwood Academy, First Farmers and Merchants Bank, Farmers Insurance, HG Hill, Wilson Bank and Trust, and Mix 92.9.
Event parking and traffic
Since parking is limited for the event, residents are encouraged to park at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library or River Park and use the bike paths to reach Crockett Park. Residents who live in nearby subdivisions are also encouraged to walk or ride bikes to the event. Cars will not be allowed into Crockett Park after 8:30 p.m.
Beginning at 8:30pm, the following streets will be open for one-way traffic only:
- Wilson Pike – northbound from Crockett Road to Concord Road
- Wilson Pike – southbound from Crockett Road to Moores Lane
- Crockett Road – eastbound from the rear park exit to Green Hills Blvd/Raintree Pkwy
- Crockett Road – westbound from Volunteer Pkwy to Wilson Pike
Food truck lineup
Several food trucks will be situated around the park to serve celebration-goers beginning at 5pm.
Savory trucks include the following:
- Banjo’s BBQ
- Papa J’s BBQ
- Don Miguel’s Rustic Juicery
- I Love Roti
- Two Thompson’s Catering
- Ugly Burgers
- One Spudtacular Food Truck
- The Love Bus
- Roadhouse Grille
- Soltani Kabob Bus
- It’Z a Philly Thing
Sweet food truck options include the following:
- Bradleys Creamery
- Blue Monkey Shaved Ice
- Itty Bitty Donuts
- Meadows Melt’s Shaved Ice and Cotton candy
City fireworks policy
The city has issued a reminder to residents that personal firework displays are illegal inside the city of Brentwood without a permit — something which has been part of the municipal code for many years, the city said in a press release. Residents are encouraged to be respectful of neighbors by only allowing fireworks in permitted displays.
Those concerned about violations should call the Brentwood Police at the non-emergency line only, at 615-371- 0160.