The Fourth of July is two weeks away, which means the City of Tullahoma’s annual Independence Day Celebration is getting closer as well.
Organizers say they hope this year’s event will be the biggest one yet, with plenty of food, drinks and entertainment for all who attend during the day and night.
This year’s event, which kicks off at 3 p.m. in Frazier McEwen Park and Grider Stadium, will include performances by ’70s music cover band Vinyl Radio, as well as Shelbyville-based Chase Clanton and the Vintage Vibes and Nashville-based Sixwire.
The first band to take the stage in Grider Stadium will be Chase Clanton and the Vintage Vibes.
Residing just 18 miles northwest of Tullahoma, the Shelbyville band will bring a mixture of blues, classic rock and country music to the main stage of the celebration.
According to the band’s Facebook page, it was formed in April 2016 and has so far played clubs, music festivals, civic centers and large-scale events in its two-year tenure.
The Vintage Vibes are also known to bring some ’80s covers to the party during their sets, according to the group’s Facebook page.
The group will start playing when the gates open at 3 p.m. and play until 5 p.m.
Following the Shelbyville rockers will be return hit Vinyl Radio, which played at last year’s celebration.
“With the sounds of the ’70s, Vinyl Radio will bring the music you love back to life,” according to the group’s Facebook biography.
“These Music City pros combine their considerable talents in to [sic] an experience that captures the essence of an era when guitars and grooves, mellow mayhem and melodies ruled the airwaves,” the page says.
Vinyl Radio will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. before headliner Sixwire takes the stage for a double set bookending the fireworks show.
Sixwire, a country group, made its album debut on the country charts in 2002 and peaked at number 38 that year.
The band is made up of five veteran musicians who have all worked in the Nashville area for years. In fact, Nashville Predators fans may already be familiar with the group, as it is also the house band for the team – though the group goes by the name Small Time Rock Stars during Preds games.
As Small Time Rock Stars, the group focuses more on rock music, according to a May 2017 News Channel 2 WKRN interview with the band.
“We started doing that because we play country music all of the time and we thought it would be fun to play a bunch of rock and roll,” guitarist and vocalist Steve Mandile said last year.
With their own material to perform, the band brings a new set of talents to Tullahoma, though the group should have plenty of cover material to rock with as well.
Sixwire/Small Town Rock Stars will play two sets: one at 7 p.m. before the fireworks and another at 9:30 once the fireworks have concluded.
Music isn’t the only entertainment the celebration has to offer, according to Community Coordinator Winston Brooks.
There will also be a designated Kid Zone located near the Rocket Park playground. Beside the playground, the area will also feature a petting zone and water activities such as a Slip & Slide and water slide.
The Kid Zone will also have a special trackless train ride available, according to a festival map.
Food and drink vendors will also be on hand at the celebration.
Just as last year, there will be shuttles available for those who would prefer to park off-site. The shuttles will travel between Northgate Mall and the celebration on a regular schedule, free of charge. This year, the route also includes a second pickup location in downtown Tullahoma.
Additional information on the free shuttle service and participating vendors will be printed in a future edition of The Tullahoma News.
For more information on the event, visit the city website at www.tullahomatn.gov/fireworks.
Erin McCullough may be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.