I have been to Nashville a couple of times and I still found new things to do and see. This is a town full of the sounds of great music, a lot of history, and the best fireworks I have ever seen! Combine that with company of one of my best friends, Sue, and you have a fantastic mini vacation! Our days were jam packed with things to do and there was still more we could have done but we ran out of time.
I am going to start by talking about the fireworks on the fourth. They were amazing! The bars with roof top patios hosted VIP parties for the event. We chose the Acme Feed & Seed which was one of the closests to the water where the fireworks were going to be set off. This three story building that has seen many tenants since it was built in 1890. Some of them include Cummins grocery store, Continental Baking Powder Co., and Tennessee Wholesale Drug Co. to name a few. In 1965 it became known as Acme Farm Supply. The store closed down in September of 1999. It was for rent in 2000 but stayed vacant until 2013. In 2013, Tom Morales, a restaurateur and owner of TomKats, a catering company for movie sets, leased the building and turned it into a restaurant/bar known as Acme Feed & Seed. Now that you know a little about where we viewed the fireworks from I am going to give you some statistics on the fireworks themselves.
There were more than 60,000 shells, mines and comets launched that night! Nashville has hosted one of the largest fireworks shows in the country for the past three years. More than 33,500 pounds of explosives and 100 miles of wire was used during the show. The largest shells were 10 inches in diameter and weighted 10 pounds each. Mortars were fired at speeds of about 200 miles per hour and burst at an altitude of 1,000 feet. There were 20 technicians from Pyro Shows that spent a combined 2,600 man hours over the course of 10 days to prepare for the show. They were truly the most beautiful fireworks I have ever seen. They even had some water fireworks. They were set off from the banks of the Cumberland River and looked like thousands of large votive candles floating on top of the water. That combined with the explosive sounds that you could feel deep to your core it made it a very memorable event.
If you ever have the chance to go to Nashville for the Fourth of July I strongly recommend it. I don’t know if I will ever see a fireworks show to surpass this one. I hear DC has a pretty amazing show. I may have to travel there in 2019 to check them out. Maybe that will be my Fourth of July quest. I will travel to a different state each year and go to that states best fireworks show.
I have so much more to share with you about this trip like the Ryman auditorium, Parthenon, Broadway, Country Music Hall of Fame and how we made an unexpected trip to the Grand Ole Opry. I am going to break it up in different blogs so they don’t get to lengthy. Be sure to check back for more Nashville history and funny little stories.
The next blog will be about Broadway, also known as Honky Tonk Row.
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