A special events beer license was given by the City Beer Board to Mickey McCamish, the executive director of Friends of the Festival, for the concert series Chattanooga Unites. The series of free music concerts is a new version of Riverfront Nights that have been held at Ross’s Landing for the past 12 years. These concerts are meant to have a focus on healing and unity in the community in light of the recent tornadoes, the coronavirus and demonstrations, it was stated.
The stage will be put along Riverfront Parkway and space for viewing has been expanded and includes not only Ross’s Landing, but also Chattanooga Green.
The concerts will comply with the Tennessee pledge for safety regarding COVID-19.
With around 500 people expected to be coming and going each night, the added space will allow for social distancing. Mr. McCamish said that Friends of the Festival will go beyond what is required by the pledge to prevent the spread of the virus. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department will supply security.
Special events permits were given for six concerts, July 11,18, and 25, and August 8,15,22 all from 3:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. This will be “a great event for the city - we need it at this time,” said Mr. McCamish.