The Zarb Homestead

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Boomsday 2012 September 3, 2012


As a staple for living in city of Knoxville, one must attend an annual Labor Day event called Boomsdays. For the people to whom do not live in Tennessee; Boomsday is the largest Labor Day fireworks show in the nation! This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Boomsday Festival in Knoxville. The festivities start at 1 pm, and the day ends with a 22-minute musically choreographed fireworks display of more than 20,000 shells at about 9:30 p.m. Over 400,000 people attend this show and it is always a fun time.

This year, like many other past years, they were calling for rain 😦 We normally spend the whole day on the boat relaxing on the river enjoying the day in the sun but not this year. Last year the same thing happen; it rained all day and we ended up watching from the South Knoxville side of the bridge. This year, raincoats and umbrellas in tow, we decided to go view the fireworks with the crowd on the city side on the bridge at Calhouns.


Finding a place to park wasn’t too bad. I think we paid $10 for a spot that was easy to exit and was close to the highway.  Just a short walk down the road from the car, we entered the Calhoun’s Beer Garden. It was $1 for a wristband and all the proceeds went to charity. This was the prime spot to be. They had food and beer and fireworks while overlooking the river and away from the huge crowd. The fireworks started just after the sun went down. So far so good, still no rain. Then, about 5 minutes before the grand finale, in came the monsoon. We ran and got undercover and waited it out for about 30 minutes. Once the light rain began we made our way to the car. It took a bit to get out of the traffic jam. Some people were in a hurry and didn’t want to let any other vehicles out, we solved that issue fast. One of us stood in front to the jerk car while the rest drove the car from the parking lot into the road. I know it made the other car mad but that is what you get for being a jerk.

All in all, we still a great time even with the rain. Hoping for better weather next year!