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Boomsday Festival 2013

BoomsdayThe 26th anniversary of the Boomsday Festival will be held on Sunday, September 1, along Neyland Drive at Volunteer Landing.  The day will be filled with tons of fun – delicious food, contests, a Family Fun Zone featuring inflatables, Boomsday Bandz, and, of course, the nation’s largest Labor Day weekend fireworks show!

Boomsday 2013 activities start at 1 pm with food from 30 vendors, amusement games and rides, exhibits, children’s activities, and a community stage for young athletes and performers. Then, at 9:30 pm, the fireworks show begins high above Neyland Drive and Volunteer Landing.  The fireworks display will be choreographed to music broadcasted over load speakers and on Star 102.1 FM.

In 2005, the Boomsday Festival was titled “the nation’s largest Labor Day weekend fireworks display,” according to Lansden Hill, national pyrotechnics expert and owner of Pyro Shows of LaFollette, Tennessee. Pyro Shows has been responsible for producing the fireworks display since the event’s inception in 1987. In addition to this title, the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) selected the Boomsday Festival as one of its “Top 20 Events” for the months of September 2006 and 2007.

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Boomsday Tips

» 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)
» Backpacks (all other bags are subject to random searches)
» Picnic supplies, coolers, or refillable containers
» Cans or bottles
» Outside food/beverage
» Pets
» Skateboards, bicycles, skates, or skate shoes
» Tents, canopies, or umbrellas
» Firearms, laser pointing devices, or weapons of any kind
» Alcoholic beverages  

First Aid: Stations will be located on Volunteer Landing on the east side of the east tower, underneath the Henley Street Bridge on the north side of Neyland, on the north side of Neyland Drive directly across from the UT Boathouse, on the south side of Neyland across from G-10, and on the east patio of Thompson-Boling Arena.

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.

Broadcast: WBIR-TV/Channel 10 will air its live “2013 Boomsday Festival” special from 9 to 10 pm on Sunday, September 1, and rebroadcast it from 8 to 9 pm on Monday, September 2, on 10News2. Listen to Star 102.1 radio for the soundtrack simulcast as well as updates throughout the day.

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