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26th Annual Boomsday Festival begins at 1:00 pm today

boomsday fireworksThe 26th Boomsday Festival will be held today along Neyland Drive at Volunteer Landing. The day will be filled with tons of fun, delicious food, contests, a Family Fun Zone featuring inflatables, and the largest Labor Day weekend fireworks show in America. Admission is free for the fireworks show. There is a nominal charges for food, beverages, and games.

Festivities begin at 1 pm and will end at 10 pm Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 pm.

Boomsday Activities:
• Family Fun Zone – Enjoy various games and inflatables in this family friendly area.
• Ambition Tattoo – Knoxville’s largest custom tattoo studio will have tons of great temporary tattoos for adults and children.
• Boomsday Merchandise –Be sure to visit merchandise booths on Neyland Drive for your official event t-shirt.
• Live Entertainment – Stop by the NatureRaised Farms performance stage at the East end of Neyland Drive (just below the pedestrian bridge) for live entertainment.
• Musical performance by Amanda Cramer
• Musical performance by Soulfinger
• Cerebral Mechanics Dance Crew
• Metro Pulse Paper Box Design Contest – There will be 12 funky hand painted paper boxes designed by artists on display! Check out all 12 on display and vote online at
• Little Thunder Railroad – Little Thunder Railroad trackless train will be available all day for families to enjoy.
• Billy Lush Brand – Paddleboard 101 classes will begin on volunteer landing on the water with an instructor beginning at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. During the rest of the time, they will be renting paddleboards and offering short demo’s. They will also have Land Paddleboards for people to try out on Volunteer Landing in the designated area next to their booth.
• Second Harvest Food Bank – Second Harvest will be onsite, so don’t forget to bring an extra $1 dollar to Boomsday and help end hunger in East TN by giving to Second Harvest Food Bank.
• Rolling Video Games – Rolling Video Games will be an all-day activity for all ages to enjoy.
• Special festivities at Church Street United Methodist Church, Henley Street. Everyone welcome.

Important Things to Know:
• Bring: Sunscreen, hats, lawn chairs, blankets, portable radios (if desired)

Don’t Bring:
• Motorized vehicles or scooters (KPD personnel to determine if necessary for persons with disabilities)
• No backpacks – all other bags are subject to random searches
• No picnic supplies, coolers or refillable containers
• No cans or bottles
• No outside food/beverage
• No pets
• No skateboards, bicycles, skates, skate shoes
• No tents, canopies or umbrellas
• No firearms, laser pointing devices or weapons of any kind
• No alcoholic beverages
• No soliciting​
• First Aid: First Aid Stations will be located throughout the Boomsday footprint.

Locations include:
• Volunteer Landing on the east side of the east tower
• Underneath the Henley Street Bridge on the north side of Neyland Drive
• North side of Neyland Drive directly across from Bridgeview Grill
• East ramp of Thompson Bowling Arena
• West end of Neyland Drive across from G10 parking garage
• Persons with Disabilities: Accessible viewing areas will be located on the L-3 Open Air Deck of the City/County Building. Accessible restrooms will be available at the special needs location. (See parking information for Accessible parking areas)
• Broadcast: WBIR-TV/Channel 10 will air its live “2013 Boomsday Festival” special from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1st and rebroadcast it from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2nd on 10News2. Listen to Star 102.1 radio for the soundtrack simulcast, as well as updates throughout the day.
• Lost/Missing/Found Person or Property –In the incident of a lost/missing/found person, all information needs to be reported to a KPD Skywatch Tower.

Locations of Skywatch Towers/Relief Tents will be:
• KPD Skywatch Tower East – Base of the Henley Bridge
• KPD Skywatch Tower West - Neyland Drive across from the Tennessee Boathouse, near the Family Fun Zone

Road Closings:
Saturday, August 31st
Midnight – Westbound & Eastbound Neyland at Lake Loudon to Walnut

Sunday, September 1st
3:00pm - Exit James White Parkway to Cumberland
3:00pm - Central at Main
4:00pm - Locust at Front (prevents traffic entering Neyland)
4:00pm - Ramp from Hall Of Fame Drive to Neyland Drive
9:00pm - Gay St Bridge closes to pedestrians
9:00pm - Poplar at Main
9:00pm – Henley at West Hill
9:15pm - Gay St Bridge closes to vehicles

• City Side Drive and Rocky Shore Drive at City View will be closed for the event. No public viewing access will be available at the City View shore or docks.
• The sidewalks on Neyland should be treated the same as the Neyland Drive closing.
• There will be no access to Summit Hill from State Street @ Hill Ave.

• No wake zone will be enforced from the orange railroad trestle to the South Knoxville Bridge until midnight on Sunday, September 1st.
• No general public shore access will be available via the Volunteer Landing steps.
• City/UT docks will only be available for temporary mooring after 12 p.m. on Sunday, September 1st. Temporary parking will be available until 8 p.m., but one person must remain on the boat.
• Docking at Calhoun’s docks is monitored by TWRA for access to the river channel. However, these docks are privately owned and the owner has final determination of who can moor at these docks. Limited space can be reserved at Volunteer Landing Marina, 865-633-5004.
• Boats should be in place at least by 9 p.m. as traffic on the channel between the UT Boathouse and the Henley Bridge will be very limited until after the fireworks end. The main channel of the river will be completely closed from 9 p.m. until after the fireworks.
• Mooring at the City/UT docks will be open after the fireworks with officers from TWRA directing the largest vessels into place first.
• Boaters may be ticketed if navigational lights aren’t working, children under 13 aren’t wearing a life-jacket, fire extinguishers aren’t in working order or there aren’t enough personal flotation devices for every person on board plus one throwable device.

• The City County Building garage will open at 9 a.m. Sunday, September 1st. The L-3 open air deck will be reserved for an ADA Accessible Viewing Area that will include parking and viewing (with appropriate vehicle permit).
• The pedestrian bridge from the City County Building to Volunteer Landing will close at 7 p.m. Sunday, September 1st.
• Special event parking will be available at the Dwight Kessel Garage, Locust Street Garage and City County Garage for $5. Complimentary parking will be available at the Market Square Garage & State Street Garage.
• All UT Parking lots and garages will be open for general public parking for a fee of $10. Look for special event signs.
• Accessible parking for persons with disabilities on the west end entrance into the event will be available on the University of Tennessee Campus, with proper placard or license plate on vehicle, at S-23 (west corner of Lake Loudoun and Neyland Drive) and in parking garage G-10.
• The Knoxville Civic Coliseum garages will be open for parking for a fee of $5 per vehicle. Shuttle service will be available.
• First Baptist Church Knoxville, 510 Main St., parking $20 per vehicle.
• Overnight parking for RV’s will be available at Garage C next to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Parking is available on a first come, first serve basis as there is not a pre-arrival reservation system. Fees are $50 per night for a space with full hook-ups and $25 per night for a space with no hook-ups.
• Due to the Neyland Drive road closure, parking areas with Neyland Drive access only will not be open for parking.

Published September 1, 2013

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