Fireworks video sent to us by viewer Tony Stephenson
Honoring the red, white and blue.
Thousands turned out in downtown Chattanooga Thursday night and watched as fireworks lit up the sky in honor of Independence Day.
"We have been coordinating since probably ten o'clock this morning. Who's going to be bringing what, who's going to come down and set up, where are people going to park, how to bring food down, what age group will be carrying the food in. So it's been a major coordination," said East Ridge native Steve Atkins.
But the Atkins' family isn't the only one.
Just ask John Luehrs. He made sure his family was one of those with the best spot in the house at Coolidge Park.
"We really enjoy it. They cancelled it last year because of the weather so we're real happy that today's ending up to be a beautiful day," said Luehrs.
As for the Stephenson family, you can find them around a whole circle of American Flags.
"We'll just sit around, take it all in and hope the kids have fun, listen to some good music and watch the fireworks," said Tony Stephenson.
Which seems to be the only thing on Maddie Brock's mind. She doesn't seem to be too worried about where she's sitting.
"It means having fun and celebrating fourth of july and the and spending time as a family together," said Brock.
The mad dash of people in and around the Northshore made for some pretty busy times for restaurants like Good Dog on Frazier Avenue.
"It at least gives us a little more like people come in that maybe wouldn't have come in because we're right here on the park and they're already here. But I feel like most of the people that come through are at least around here and kind of know we're here and know we do a good thing," said Good Dog employee Erica Teel.
More than twenty thousand people were expected to be at Coolidge Park for the event. By Alyssa Spirato