When the sky fills with light and smoke and a rumble fills the air this

Monday night, don't fret. We haven't gone to war. It's not a football game.

It's the Oldies 102 Boomsday.

The Oldies 102 Boomsday is the huge annual fireworks display that takes

place on Labor Day, Sept. 6, on Knoxville's waterfront. This marks the 12th

year of the event, sponsored by local radio station WMYU, "Oldies" 102


The event is an all-day affair, with festivities beginning at 3 p.m. and

the fireworks beginning at 9 p.m.

A stretch ofNeyland Drive will be blocked off to traffic starting at

Thompson-Boling Arena, opening a larger, safer area for people to view the


"Shake, Rattle and BOOM!" is the theme for this year's event. Orange and

white pom-pon shakers will be available for a $1 donation at Kroger's

stores, Shoney's restaurants, and also at booths throughout the event.

Proceeds from the shaker sales will benefit the Children's Hospital and the

United Way.

The fun side of the shaker sale is the organizers' goal to set the record

for "the most number of shakers shaken at one time."

Food will be provided at the event by Copeland's of New Orleans, Riverside

Tavern and Rothchild Catering.

Pepsi stands will be located throughout the event on Neyland Drive. All

proceeds from the soft drink sales will also benefit the Children's

Hospital and the United Way.

A karaoke stage will be provided by Modern Supply and BankFirst.