Expect fireworks, music and more at the Pops on the River event in Coolidge Park. (Photo: Contributed)

The annual Pops on the River Independence Day celebration will be July 3 in Coolidge Park.

Festivities begin with a tribute to veterans at 5 p.m. as well as performances from veteran songwriters with “Operation Song.” That performance is followed by a free outdoor patriotic concert by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera at 8 p.m.

A large fireworks display will follow at 9:45 p.m.


The CSO will be lead by Kayoko Dan. They will perform such favorites as “Armed Forces Salute,” “Colonel Bogey’s March,” “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “1812 Overture.”

A mobile mural by Latino artists will be on exhibit at the Peace Grove in Coolidge Park during the event.

In addition to the programming, food and drink concessions will be available on-site. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Coolidge Park will be closed to vehicles at 4 p.m. A shuttle will be running from parking lots between 4th and 5th Streets from 4:30 to 11 p.m. Shuttle pickup and drop-off will be near the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

Pops on the River is presented by the City of Chattanooga and ArtsBuild, along with sponsorship from Erlanger Health & Lung Institute, Alliance Physical Therapy, Lass & Lions and Champion Windows and Home Exteriors of Chattanooga.