Boomsday brings hundreds of thousands of people to Knoxville

(WBIR-Knoxville) It's the nation's biggest Labor Day fireworks show and it takes place right here in Knoxville. Organizers spent months preparing for Boomsday and the day has finally come to an end.

Emergency personnel said Knoxville saw the largest crowds in Boomsday history.

"We were expecting anywhere from 250,000 to 350,000 people to be coming down here for Boomsday," said D.J. Corcoran from the Knoxville Fire Department.

They came by land and also by water.

"It's just awesome," said Mike Brown, a Knoxville resident. "You feel kind of free on the water. The view of the fireworks is just unbelievable."

The day started off extremely nice. The sun was shining and the temperature was in the 80's. But it didn't take long for Mother Nature to play a nasty joke.

The wind picked up a tent off of the ground and then the skies opened and it started to pour down rain. The Knoxville Fire Department said it was prepared.

"We have a command post that has weather monitoring capabilities. We were watching for heavy winds, lightning, rain, all of those things," Corcoran said.

Boomsday 2014 has the same traditions, but also some changes too. The event usually falls on a Sunday but this year that day belongs to UT.

"Boomsday is just so much fun and when you couple it with a football game, it can't get any better," Brown said.

For many families, Boomsday is an annual tradition. For vendors like CCM Graphic Solutions, it's a reason to visit Knoxville and be a part of something big.

"It's great. Other than the rain we had for about 5 minutes," said Coy Stephens. "It's been excellent. It's been a great day."

Boomsday 2014 was full of face painting, relaxing on the river, live music, and tons of food. But the most exciting part?

The fireworks, of course. Just like every other year, they didn't disappoint.

Young Jack Dugger described the entire fireworks show in one word: "Awesome."

Another exciting part about Boomsday was that Rodney Adkins came back home to Tennessee to hold a concert at Thompson Boling Arena.


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