National Fireworks Association visits Kingsport, TN

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The National Fireworks Association is hosting its annual meeting and exhibition at the Meadowview Conference Resort and Convention Center next week (Sept 6-10). This marks the second time Kingsport has hosted the event and officials anticipate more than 700 people from around the world will attend resulting in an estimated economic impact of $1 million.

As part of the event, the NFA plans to hold fireworks demonstrations at Hunter Wright Stadium each night of the meeting from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The fireworks being demonstrated are the small shell variety and not like those typically seen during Independence Day or Fun Fest displays.

“These are going to be wholesalers who sell to retailers, who will then sell them to the public,’ said Lara Potter, Associate Executive Director of Visit Kingsport. “These are not going to be large public displays like you would see at a commercial show but an excellent opportunity to see two-hours of continuous fireworks from vendors around the world.”

The public will have two opportunities to attend the NFA Fireworks Demonstrations inside Hunter Wright Stadium – on Friday and Saturday evening, Sept. 9 and 10. Tickets are $5 per person per night, must be purchased in advance and can only be purchased online at Children ages 10 and under are free and do not need a ticket to attend.

The Friday fireworks demonstration, open to the public, will feature a drone light show. The exhibition finale on Saturday, Sept. 10 will feature larger shell fireworks than other nights.

Gates open to the public at 7 p.m. on both public display nights. Concessions will be available at Hunter Wright Stadium on Friday and Saturday from 7 until 10 p.m. For more information about the event, contact Visit Kingsport at 392-8800, or at

Chelsea Ketron
Author: Chelsea Ketron

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