Officials say up to 10,000 people are expected to converge on the streets of downtown Springfield on Sunday, Sept. 1 to help celebrate the city’s 200th Anniversary with the free Bicentennial Concert, featuring multi-award-winning county music bands Restless Heart and Shenandoah.
“This is our main highlighted event of all the celebrations we’ve been doing throughout the year,” Springfield Assistant City Manager Ryan Martin said. “The concert will be on the square because it showcases Springfield and will be open on the day of the concert for both citizens and others who attend the concert celebration.”
Martin said the city is working with the downtown merchants who plan to remain open for the big event. Gates for the big Bicentennial Celebration will open at 3 p.m. on the square.
Springfield Mayor Ann Schneider said she's looking forward to having Restless Heart and Shenandoah appear in concert in Springfield.
"It is so exciting to have these two great bands celebrating our bicentennial," Schneider said. "Both bands have a long, successful musical history, so I am sure we will have a lot of our surrounding neighbors coming to enjoy and help us celebrate."
Plans are also underway with the Springfield Police Department and all city departments that are preparing for the crowd control and the parking anticipated for the day, according to Martin.
“Emergency services for the planned event will include a cooperative effort with the Springfield Police Department, Robertson County EMS, the Springfield Fire Department and assistance from the Robertson County Sheriff’s Department,” Martin said. “For security reasons, only clear bags will be allowed at the venue. People will be able to bring in chairs, but no coolers, umbrellas or tents will be permitted in the area of the concert.”
Details on parking available and road closures will be finalized closer to the event, but Martin pointed out that since the concert is on a Sunday evening, people will likely be able to use designated nearby lots.
The City of Springfield was incorporated in 1819. The city has hosted several events throughout the year leading up to the celebratory concert scheduled in September.
For more information, visit the city’s Facebook page: City of Springfield, TN - Government or its web-site: www.Springfield-tn.org