A humble fireworks show first held in 1987 has evolved over the last two decades to become the largest Labor Day firework displays in the southeast. Close to 10,000 shells were sent off the Henley Street Bridge, soaring hundreds of feet into the air and illuminating the riverside. This year, Knoxville celebrated the festival's 23rd year as over 300,000 spectators witnessed 20 minutes of pyrotechnic wonder.
The festival activities kicked off early Sunday afternoon with food vendors, inflatables, live music and other demonstrations. At 9:30, the main event took flight as the fireworks display started. The entire show is synchronized to music which is broadcast via radio. The combination of lights and sounds equates to a spectacular night of entertainment for viewers.