Bright Lights and Big Booms at Boomsday

Communications Director

Kristin Farley
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(865) 215-2589

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Bright Lights and Big Booms at Boomsday

Posted: 08/22/2012
Boomsday returns to the Tennessee River for another year of thrilling effects and thunderous sounds of celebration. The nation's largest Labor Day weekend fireworks show will illuminate the sky over Knoxville with a 22-minute jaw dropping spectacle.

The 25th annual Boomsday Festival is set for Sunday, September 2, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Neyland Drive in downtown Knoxville. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. and will create a rumble to remember featuring more than 20,000 shells in a fireworks display and choreographed to an original soundtrack produced by Star 102.1 FM.

"Building on 25 years of success, Boomsday will once again ignite the skies of Knoxville with the nation's largest fireworks display on Labor Day weekend," said Kim Bumpas, President of Visit Knoxville. "Over the years, Boomsday has evolved into Knoxville's signature event, bringing more than 400,000 visitors to Knoxville's riverfront for a day of fun and excitement. This year's event will entertain attendees with the unique fireworks launch location and new jaw-dropping effects that will stretch over the Tennessee River."

Due to the Henley Bridge renovation, the Boomsday fireworks will once again be launched off the railroad bridge on the Tennessee River in downtown Knoxville. And, with two miles worth of public viewing along Neyland Drive, spectators will have ample opportunity to enjoy the exciting booms, up close and personal.

Boomsday festivities kick off at 1:00 p.m. on Neyland Drive with entertainment and food throughout the afternoon. This year's festival will include the Family Fun Zone with inflatables and games; live entertainment, activities and contests, and much more.

Other fun activities this year include:

Boomsday Bandz - The Boomsday Bandz is a collectable glow in the dark armband. The Bandz are currently on sale at Pilot locations for $1 each and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley. Next Level Wrestling - Next Level Wrestling will once again be appearing at Calhoun's on The River starting at 6:00 pm with its biggest card to date. The Main Event will crown the Next Level Wrestling Heavyweight Champion. For a complete line-up, please visit

Live Entertainment
- Stop by the Q93.1 performance stage at the east end of Neyland Drive (just below the pedestrian bridge) for live entertainment at the following times:
5:00p pm to 5:45 pm - Ergo We Play
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm - Homer Heart
7:15 pm to 8:30 pm - Jada Dreyer

For the best live view of the show, spectators are encouraged to stake a spot early Sunday afternoon along Neyland Drive. Boomsday attendees situated along this public viewing area will enjoy front row sights of the show. Visit Knoxville and KPD kindly request that spectators refrain from bringing large bags/containers, as all will be subject to security checks.

The explosive action on the Tennessee River is only a portion of the dazzling entertainment Boomsday has planned for spectators. Labor Day revelers can enjoy the show from the comforts of home via WBIR-TV Ch. 10's local broadcast of Boomsday. The event will air on a special one-hour live broadcast September 2 from 9:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. on WBIR-TV/Channel 10. Also, listen to Star 102.1 FM on the radio for the soundtrack simulcast.

Admission to the Boomsday Festival is free to the public with nominal fees for parking, games, food and beverages.

For more information on Boomsday 2012, call the festival hotline at 865-342-9192.