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Tens of Thousands Expected for Music City Midnight: New Year's Eve in Nashville Celebration



Several hundred Metro police officers will be assigned to the downtown and Bicentennial Mall areas on December 31st to enhance safety and provide traffic direction for the tens of thousands of persons attending the Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville celebration.       

The only planned street closure for downtown is 2nd Avenue South from Broadway to Demonbreun Street, to allow for operation of Sheriff Daron Hall’s annual Sober Ride program.  Broadway may be closed in sections if the New Year’s Eve crowd becomes too large for the sidewalks.      

Street closures around the Bicentennial Mall include:

•    Harrison Street, from 4th Avenue to Rosa L. Parks Boulevard

•    5th, 6th, and 7th Avenues from James Robertson Parkway to Jefferson Street

•    Junior Gilliam Way from 4th  Avenue to 5th Avenue     

There will be a dedicated drop off/loading zone for cabs, hotel shuttles, personal vehicles, etc., in the northbound right lane of Rosa L. Parks Boulevard from 10th Circle North to Farmers Market Drive.  Uber/Lyft drivers will also be permitted to drop off/pick up their customers on James Robertson Parkway between 4th & 5th Avenues, Rosa L. Parks Boulevard at James Robertson Parkway adjacent to Capitol Hill, and on Jefferson Street from Rosa L. Parks Boulevard to 7th Avenue North.     

Those attending the Music City Midnight celebration are urged to be aware of their surroundings and report anything suspicious to one of the numerous police officers who will be on posts and roving in the downtown/Bicentennial Mall area.  The enhanced police presence will be in effect from 4 p.m. New Year’s Eve through well into the early morning hours of New Year’s Day.