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UPDATE: Chattanooga Unite – Tribute on the River

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) – UPDATE: The weather will be great, and Chattanoogans are set to honor the Fallen Five Wednesday for the ‘Chattanooga Unite – Tribute on the River’ parade  and concert.  MOBILE USERS | Schedule of Events here
Shuttle/Parking – ALL CARTA Parking lots will be FREE and FREE parking will be available at Finley Stadium.
The FREE Park and Ride for this event will be at Finley Stadium. The shuttle will run from Finley to the Riverfront and back from 12:00 – 10:00 p.m.

The regular CARTA Shuttles and Buses will run their normal routes with the exception of during the parade closure. During the parade closure (12:30-3:30 p.m.) the electric shuttles will stop and pick up on Market Street instead of Broad Street.
Other garages downtown will be available for paid parking.
READ MORE | Parade Route map
Security – Gate security will be in place leading into the event and will be similar to Riverbend-style entry. Foot traffic is expected to flow quickly leading into the event, gates will open at noon.
Parade – The Memorial Parade will begin at 2:00pm. Staging for the parade will begin at 12 noon and be on Broad Street between 13th and MLK.  The parade will travel down Broad Street, turning left on Aquarium Way and ending at the Riverfront at approximately 3:00pm.  Northbound Broad Street will be closed to traffic as well as the left Southbound lane on Broad Street.  Please follow posted detours and be cautious of parade viewers.
MOBILE USERS | Road Closure map
Concert – The Chattanooga Unite Benefit concert will begin at approximately 3:00pm at the conclusion of the parade.  The ramp from the Veterans Bridge to Riverfront Parkway will be closed starting Tuesday, at 9:00am and will reopen at 6:00am on Thursday the 17th.
Riverfront Parkway will be closed from Molly lane to Aquarium Way from 9am Wednesday to 6am Thursday for the concert.

PREVIOUS STORY: The latest addition to Wednesday’s concert include Brantley Gilbert and “friends,” which now includes performers Colt Ford, Aaron Lewis, and Trace Adkins.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels have scheduled a 4:30pm flyover to honor the Fallen Five as part of the event Wednesday, September 16.
Navy Flight Demonstration Team usually performs at major airshows.
The Armed Forces Parade, which starts at 2:00pm Wednesday, will travel along Broad Street from Martin Luther King Boulevard to Ross’s Landing and will end at the river front.
Parents of Hamilton County students can sign their child out early for the parade but school will not close.
“We felt a good compromise from our standpoint was to encourage full participation by our programs and allow those parents who do want to take their children to attend the event to do so with an excused absence,” said Asst. Superintendent Robert Sharpe.
Sharpe says closing early is challenging for the 43,000 students.
“When they ride the bus home on those half days we like for there to be a parent or caregiver there waiting on them when they arrive home, especially for the younger children,” Sharpe said.
High school marching bands and junior ROTC programs will take part in the Armed Forces Parade.
But Friends of the Festival Executive Director was hoping all students would be able to attend.
“We just think it’s a good thing for people to come out of school, out of work, come down and celebrate all things Chattanooga, all things Tennessee Valley, all things USA,” said Chip Baker.
Titled Chattanooga Unite: Tribute on the River will be an all-day affair Wednesday, September 16, with a parade, tributes, musical performances and fireworks on the Chattanooga riverfront.
The concert is free and will take place rain or shine.
Those attending will be asked to make donations to at collection bins placed throughout the event. Money collected will benefit the National Compassion Fund, which goes directly to the survivors’ families and injured Chattanooga Police Officer Dennis Pedigo.
Online donations can be made to the National Compassion Fund.
The Coke Stage barge, which will be familiar to Riverbend attendees, will serve as the focal point for the performances.
Gates are scheduled to open at noon. The Main Gate is located at the corner of Chestnut and Aquarium way. Other gates include: the Walnut Street Bridge Gate (under the South end of the Walnut Street Bridge) and the Marina Gate (on Riverfront Parkway West of the Olgiati Bridge.)
You should also expect your bags to be searched. Shirt and shoes are required for entry.
Alcoholic beverage service begins at 5:00pm out of respect for the memorial service portion of the event. Wristbands will be used for age verification.
Camcorders and audio recording equipment are not allowed.
Items not allowed include:

  • Backpacks
  • Coolers
  • Outside food/beverages
  • Glass bottles
  • Laser pointers
  • Weapons

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