For more than 30 years, summers in Brentwood have 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 COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements.
The city said more than 2,000 people attend a regular Sunday night concert and close to 10,000 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 said he has attended summer concerts at Crockett Park for more than 20 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,” he said.
During a discussion May 21 at the Brentwood 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 Gov. 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.
“With the multiple entrances to Crockett Park via car, foot and on bike, crowd limitations are not possible for our July 4th event," Brentwood City Commissioner Anne Dunn said. "It is unfortunate, but it is the wisest decision for the information we have now.”
This summer would have marked the 32nd year for the annual concert series. While this year’s traditional event will be canceled, city staff will discuss possible alternate ways families can still celebrate.