- This article is about the fireworks celebration. For the novel by Christopher Buckley, see Boomsday (novel).
Boomsday is an annual fireworks celebration that takes place on Labor Day weekend in Knoxville, Tennessee. It is one of the largest firework shows in the Southern United States and is considered a top attraction in the region. The event is held on Volunteer Landing and accompanied by live music and festivities.
Boomsday's firework display attracts over 325,000 spectators every year. Fireworks are set off from the Henley Street Bridge (to a lesser extent Baptist Hospital and the Gay Street Bridge) and spectators can view the show from the riverfront, hillsides, or on boats from the Tennessee River. In 2006, Boomsday was expanded to a three-day event lasting through Labor Day weekend, causing Knoxville to lose money, and the city reverted to the one-day event in 2007.
The fireworks display is choreographed to music with some of the selections being Madonna's Lucky Star in which all the bursts were star shaped. The Tennessee Volunteer's fight song with the bursts being the team's colors bursting in front of Neyland Stadium is always a perennial crowd pleaser. Other musical selections have been Smoke on the Water from Deep Purple, the theme from Jaws, and Born to Be Wild from Steppenwolf just to name a few.
The "waterfall" on the Henley Street Bridge marks the second half of the show.
Orange and white, colors of the Tennessee Volunteers
- Herzog, Herryn (2006-09-05). "Bigger Boomsday loses money, but will be back for 2007". WBIR.com. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
- "BOOMSDAY 2008". City of Knoxville. 2008-08-31. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
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