NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - After more than a year of missing out on significant events, Nashville is coming back with a bang this 4th of July.

Officials say this year's Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th event will be the biggest Independence Day celebration in its history. This year will also feature the largest fireworks display in the whole country.

"We're just real excited," Deana Ivey, Executive Vice President of the Nashville Convention and Visitor's Corporation, said. "This is going to be out largest fireworks show ever... and we've had some big ones, you know that."

The annual event was canceled in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic but confirmed to return the city's first major "post-pandemic event" earlier this year.

Brad Paisley will headline the downtown concert and performances by a wide range of artists, including Lilly Hiatt, Regi Wooton, and Pricilla Block.

"July 4th is always such a great celebration, especially in Nashville," Ivey said. "We're known for throwing big events, and with it being Music City, I mean, you can't find better music at an event, and it's free."

Previous 4th of July celebrations have brought around 200,000 people to Nashville, while the last one in 2019 garnered more than 340,000 people.

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Melanie Layden is the weekend morning meteorologist at WSMV. She also has a segment during the week called "Growing Nashville" where she covers the growth of Music City. Melanie has been Working 4 You since 2014.

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