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The Real Cost of July 4, from NYC to Nashville

By Lewis Braham - 2012-06-26T20:34:29Z

Photograph by Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau via Bloomberg

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Nashville's Let Freedom Sing!

Music City's celebration, "Let Freedom Sing!" will have live music on July 3 and 4. This year's fireworks will be the longest and largest display in the city's history. Running 23 minutes, the show will include more than 25,000 fireworks (or 7 tons) containing shells as big as 10 inches in diameter. The fireworks will be fired electrically and synchronized to a performance by the Grammy Award-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Country rock group the Mavericks should play their biggest hit, "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down." The estimated production cost is $500,000.