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Pepsi promises spectacular Fourth at Freedom Hall

May 15th, 2014 8:54 pm by Nathan Baker

Pepsi promises spectacular Fourth at Freedom Hall

A pack of people plan to proudly put their patriotic propensity for pyrotechnics on parade presently when Pepsi presents its popular appreciation of explosions.

The 29th Annual Pepsi Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks returns Friday, July 4, to the grounds of the Freedom Hall Civic Center.

“We’re proud to announce that we’re again going to put on the biggest fireworks show in Northeast Tennessee,” Pepsi Beverages Co. unit sales manager Tim Swecker said Thursday during a media event on the floor of Freedom Hall’s arena.

Thousands are expected to fill the area for the yearly fireworks display and the preceding musical acts.

This year will bring some returning bands and some new to performing at the Independence Day celebration.

One of the veterans, Kingsport native Brinley Addington, will bookend the festivities, taking the stage first at 5 p.m., and then again at 10:20, after the finale.

Guitarist and singer-songwriter Jimbo Whaley will also return, bringing his band, Greenbrier, along for the ride.

New this year are the Twang Bangers, a six-piece country act born six years ago in the venerated halls of East Tennessee State University.

Lead vocalist Wes Holtsclaw, present at the event’s news conference Thursday, said the band was excited by the chance to perform for the fireworks crowd.

“It’s just a big honor for us,” he said. “We hope to get out there and put on a good show for people.”

The headliner this year is Jon Pardi, a California-to-Nashville transplant with two charted country singles under his belt.

Pardi’s biggest hits, “Up All Night” and “Missin’ You Crazy,” are on his debut album, “Write You a Song,” which was released in January.

As if live music acts weren’t enough, event sponsors will be giving away a car and race tickets to lucky area residents.

Swecker said Champion Chevrolet will gift a 2014 Chevy Spark as a grand prize. Hopeful entrants can register at area Food City stores by purchasing Pepsi products with their Value Cards.

Sponsor Bristol Motor Speedway will also award packages for the Erwin Tools night race, the Food City 300 and the UNOH 200.

For more information, visit the event’s website, pepsi-fireworks.com.

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