2020 Summer Concert Series, Including July 4th Concert Canceled
Summers in Brentwood have always included Sunday night concerts at Crockett Park, however the 2020 Summer Concert Series, including the July 4th concert and fireworks, will be canceled due to the current COVID-19 environment and social distancing requirements.
There are more than two-thousand attendees at a regular Sunday night concert and close to ten thousand at the Brentwood July 4th, Red, White and Boom event. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, large gatherings, of more than 250 people, offer more opportunities for person-to-person contact and therefore pose greater risk of COVID-19 transmission. Mayor Rhea Little, who has attended summer concerts at Crockett Park for more than twenty years, said it is disappointing to have to cancel, but supports the need in stopping the spread of this contagious disease. “Citizens have long enjoyed the summer concerts, but the reality is this is something the City cannot safely move forward with this year,” Mayor Little added.
During a discussion at the May 21, 2020 City Commission informational meeting, leaders discussed the pros and cons of cancelling or continuing the traditional July 4th event which includes a concert and fireworks. While the latest guidance from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee provides that small events at performing arts and concert venues, theaters, and auditoriums are acceptable, the guidelines refer to private, ticketed events where crowd limits could be enforced. Commissioner Anne Dunn said, “with the multiple entrances to Crockett Park via car, foot, and on bike, crowd limitations are not possible for our July 4th event. It is unfortunate, but it is the wisest decision for the information we have now.”
This summer would have marked the thirty-second year for the annual concert series. While this year’s traditional event will be cancelled, City Staff will discuss possible alternate ways that you and your family can still celebrate our nation’s Independence.
We want to thank our sponsors, bands, the local business community, residents, and City staff who make the summer concerts a success year after year. We share your disappointment about not holding this year’s events, but know we look forward to the 2021 Brentwood Summer Concert Series!