Boomsday Festival 2015: Everything You Need to Know


The 28th anniversary of the Boomsday Festival will be held on Sunday, September 6, along Neyland Drive at Volunteer Landing.  The day will be filled with fun, live music, a Family Fun Zone, unique attractions and vendors, and of course, the nation’s largest Labor Day weekend fireworks show!

  • Time and Place:  3:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Neyland Drive and Volunteer Landing in downtown Knoxville.  Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 pm.
  • Admission: Free for the fireworks show.  Nominal fees for food, beverages and games within the Family Fun Zone.
  • Performances:  Entertainment and various contests will take place on the Q100.3 Main Stage presented by Ingles and Xfinity throughout the afternoon and evening featuring Joe Lasher, Austin Webb, Drake White and Cam



  • Bring:  Sunscreen, hats, lawn chairs, blankets, portable radios (if desired)
  • Don’t Bring:
  • Motorized vehicles or scooters (unless necessary for persons with disabilities)
  • No backpacks – all other bags are subject to random searches
  • No picnic supplies, coolers or refillable containers
  • No cans or bottles
  • No outside food/beverage
  • No pets
  • No skateboards, bicycles, skates, skate shoes
  • No tents, canopies or umbrellas
  • No firearms, laser pointing devices or weapons of any kind
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No soliciting
  • First Aid:  First Aid Stations will be located throughout the Boomsday footprint.
  • Locations include:
  • Volunteer Landing on the east side of the east tower
  • Underneath the Henley Street Bridge on the north side of Neyland Drive
  • North side of Neyland Drive directly across from Bridgeview Grill
  • North side of Neyland Drive in front of G-10 parking garage
  • East ramp of Thompson Bowling Arena
  • Persons with Disabilities: Accessible viewing areas will be located on the L-3 Open Air Deck of the City/County Building.  Accessible restrooms will be available at the special needs location. (See parking information for Accessible parking areas)
  • Broadcast:  WBIR-TV will broadcast the live presentation of Visit Knoxville’s 2015 Boomsday on WTNZ Fox 43 from 9pm to 10pm on Sunday, September 6.  Listen to Star 102.1 radio for the soundtrack simulcast, as well as updates throughout the day.
  • Lost/Missing/Found Person or Property -In the incident of a lost/missing/found person, all information needs to be reported to a KPD Skywatch Tower.
    • Locations of Skywatch Towers/Relief Tents will be:
      • KPD Skywatch Tower East – Base of the Henley Bridge
      • KPD Skywatch Tower West – Neyland Drive across from the Tennessee Boathouse, near the Family Fun Zone


Saturday, September 5
9:00 pm – Westbound & Eastbound Neyland Drive from Lake Loudon to Walnut
10:00 pm – Henley Street Bridge

Sunday, September 6
3:00 pm – Exit James White Parkway to Cumberland
3:00 pm – Central at Main
4:00 pm – Locust at Front (prevents traffic entering Neyland)
4:00 pm – Ramp from Hall Of Fame Drive to Neyland Drive
9:00 pm – Gay St Bridge closes to pedestrians
9:00 pm – Poplar at Main
9:00 pm – Henley at West Hill
9:00 pm – Gay St Bridge closes to vehicles

City Side Drive and Rocky Shore Drive at City View will be closed for the event.  No public viewing access will be available at the City View shore or docks.

The sidewalks on Neyland should be treated the same as the Neyland Drive closing.

There will be no access to Summit Hill from State Street @ Hill Ave.

As a reminder, the Cumberland Avenue Corridor Project will be taking place during this time.  Please check  often for projects updates that may affect traffic in the UT Area.


  • Due to the Knoxville Powerboat Classic, Calhoun’s docks will be closed to the public from midnight on Thursday, September 3rd until 7:00pm on Saturday, September 5th.
  • Due to the Knoxville Powerboat Classic, Ned McWherter /Riverside Park and boat ramp will be closed to the public beginning at 9:30am on Friday, September 4th until 5:30pm on Saturday, September 5th.
  • University of Tennessee boathouse docks are by permit only – SOLD OUT.
  • City docks will be closed on Sunday, September 6th.  Mooring at the City docks will be open after the fireworks with officers from TWRA directing the largest vessels into place first.
  • On Sunday, September 6th, docking at Calhoun’s is monitored by TWRA for access to the river channel.
  • No general public shore access will be available via the Volunteer Landing steps.
  • No wake zone will be enforced from the orange railroad trestle to the South Knoxville Bridge until midnight on Sunday, September 6th.
  • Boats should be in place prior to 9:00pm as traffic on the channel between the UT Boathouse and the Henley Bridge will be very limited until after the fireworks end. The main channel of the river will be completely closed from 9:00pm until after the fireworks.
  • Boaters may be ticketed if navigational lights aren’t working, children under 13 aren’t wearing a life-jacket, fire extinguishers aren’t in working order or there aren’t enough personal flotation devices for every person on board plus one throwable device.



  • The City County Building garage will open at 11am Sunday, September 6th.  The L-3 open air deck will be reserved for an ADA Accessible Viewing Area that will include parking and viewing (with appropriate vehicle permit).
  • The pedestrian bridge from the City County Building to Volunteer Landing will close at 7pm  Sunday, September 6th.
  • Special event parking will be available at the Dwight Kessel Garage, Locust Street Garage and City County Garage for $5.  Complimentary parking will be available at the Market Square Garage,  State Street Garage & Langley/Walnut Garage.
  • All UT Parking lots and garages will be open for general public parking for a fee of $10. Look for special event signage.
  • Due to the Neyland Drive road closure, parking areas with Neyland Drive access only will not be open for parking.
  • Accessible parking for persons with disabilities on the west end entrance into the event will be available on the University of Tennessee Campus, with proper placard or license plate on vehicle, at S-23 (west corner of Lake Loudoun and Neyland Drive).
  • The Knoxville Civic Coliseum garages will be open for parking for a fee of $5 per vehicle.
  • Overnight parking for RV’s and bus parking will be available at Garage C of the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.  Parking is available on a first come, first serve basis as there is not a pre-arrival reservation system.  Fees are $25 per night for a space with no hook-ups and $50 per night for a space with full hook-ups (water, sewer and 50 AMP power source).

Thanks, Visit Knoxville

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