(WBIR) Tickets for the largest fireworks display on Labor Day weekend went on sale Monday.
People can watch the fireworks from several places throughout downtown Knoxville, but for the first time, tickets are required to see the show from Neyland Drive. Tickets to that viewing area will cost $20 per person. Children under 12 will get in for free. Kim Bumpas, president of Visit Knoxville, said ticket sales are necessary to take Boomsday to the next level.
"We've gotten a lot of coverage, regionally and nationally, about Boomsday. So for Knoxville it's a good thing. It's 26 years old - so it's not a baby," said Bumpas. "But it is time to kind of take it to the next level, I think, for those people who want to spend the entire day on the riverfront. And that's what prompted some of our changes."
Another big change this year is the schedule. Traditionally, Boomsday has happened on the Sunday before Labor Day. But this year, organizers decided to move the festival to Saturday, August 30, to accommodate the University of Tennessee's football season opener scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 31.
Tickets will go on sale Monday, June 16. To purchase tickets and more information, visit Boomsday.org.