2013's Boomsday Skyline

Want Big Boom for Your Buck on Labor Day? Head to Knoxville Boomsday

Everyone has big fireworks plans for the Fourth of July, but for firework fanatics, that’s definitely not enough. With that in mind, Knoxville beckons folks from all over the country to head to Knoxville Boomsday 2014 on August 30 to watch more than five tons of dynamite paint the sky.

Fireworks can be viewed from a number of locations throughout downtown Knoxville, Boomsday’s main festivities will happen on on Neyland Drive.

“Boomsday is one of the Southeast’s premier events and the largest Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Show in the nation. We are beyond thrilled to continue to present it to hometown folks and visitors from all over the country,” states Visit Knoxville president Kim Bumpas.

Since 1988, the Boomsday Festival has been a successful one-day event that brings hundreds of thousands of people to Knoxville for a day of food, fun, live music, and the biggest boom in the nation.

Boomsday has traditionally taken place on the Sunday prior to Labor Day, but this year’s festival has been moved to Saturday to accommodate the University of Tennessee season opener scheduled for Sunday, August 31. This led to the perfect opportunity to sync a national holiday with fireworks.

Boomsday is more than just shock and awe, as Visit Knoxville plans to offer special entertainment and treats for guests starting at 3 p.m. Participants can enjoy music from a Knoxville-based band, The Black Lillies, which was recently named among Rolling Stone Magazine’s “10 New Artists You Need to Know: Summer 2014.” Other performers will take side stages, including Rodney Atkins and Native Run.

For those who appreciate more physical feats, Ben Merrell of TV show America’s Got Talent fame will be performing water stunts and spectacles.  Additional activities and entertainment will take place throughout the day, with a Knox Kids zone set up free of charge outside the ticketed area.

In proper fashion to old time fireworks display, fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. and will be synchronized to a custom soundtrack from Star 102.1 FM radio. Gates for Boomsday open at 2:30 p.m. on Neyland Drive and Volunteer Landing in downtown Knoxville. The fireworks will also be broadcast by WBIR-TV for local folks who cannot attend the event.

Admission to the secured viewing area along Neyland is $20 per person. All military personnel will be admitted free to Boomsday 2014 with Military I.D.  Children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased at www.BoomsdayKnoxville.com. Food and beverage will also be sold at the event.

Boomsday 2013

For more information on Boomsday 2014, including tips on what and what not to bring, maps, parking information and more, visit www.BoomsdayKnoxville.com.


  1. Dee PIerce says:

    I love that you featured Knoxville’s upcoming fireworks celebration….perhaps, the largest in the country! I live here and I’m the volunteer coordinator for a downtown organization called City People. I was wondering if I could use the photo of Boomsday which you posted in this article and give the photographer, credit, of course. I would place it in a newsletter which serves about 250 people and on our Facebook page. Thanks so much!


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