Boomsday tailgaters getting a front row seat to the last Boomsday show in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Tailgaters were already scoring front row seats, for what’s believed to be the country’s biggest labor day fireworks celebration.

After a 28-year-run, this year’s theme is “The Final Countdown” for the last Boomsday.
Tailgater Debbie Berry and friends had been parked at the top of the Thompson-Bowling parking garage since 10 a.m.

“I love Boomsday, it’s a great day to get together with all your friends and have a few beers,” said Berry. “There’s fireworks that come off the water and at the very end it’s my favorite because its a huge waterfall and it’s just great.”

Pyro Shows has been apart of Boomsday since the first show in 1987. On Sunday, crews worked for hours preparing on the Henley Street Bridge.

“We spend basically an entire year looking for the products that would be cool for Boomsday, the actual prep work on the show itself starts three months prior and we start working on music and content,” said Pyro Vice President Mike Walden.

Walden said its bitter sweet knowing it’s the last Boomsday.

“It’s been kind of like our homecoming game and now we don’t have the homecoming game but I’m sure we’ll work with Visit Knox and the city of Knoxville to come up with some ideas for a signature event for the city,” said Walden.

Mike told us Sunday night’s show will exceed expectations and they plan to go out with a bang.

“You will just about see anything that can be done with fireworks in one show and it’s compacted into about 18 minutes and it’s really upbeat and at the end of it, you’ll really understand where it gets its name Boomsday,” said Walden.

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