The Real Cost of Celebrating July 4th

By Lewis Braham and Nikhil Hutheesing - 2013-06-28T15:04:23Z

Photograph by Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau via Bloomberg

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Nashville's Let Freedom Sing!

This year's celebration, billed as "Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing," will provide live music on July 4 and 5. The fireworks will outdo last year's, which was, at the time, the longest and largest display in the city's history. The show will run for 26 minutes, three minutes longer than in 2012, and will include more than 26,000 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. The Band Perry, a country rock group, should play their breakout hit, "If I Die Young." The estimated production cost is $500,000.