4th of July Weekend Travel - 07/03/14

It looks like it is shaping up to be a beautiful weekend weather wise to enjoy the 4th of July!

TDOT wants to help keep travelers moving on the interstates and state routes, so they have suspended all construction-related lane closures through Monday, July 7th at 6 AM. 

If you're planning to head downtown tomorrow evening for the big celebration in Music City, be prepared for a lot of traffic congestion... have patient and leave early! Here is a link to all the road closures provided by Visit Music City. This should help you choose your route.

Once you get downtown, you have numerous parking options, and there is a taxi stand set up at 7th and Broadway. Please make sure you have a sober ride! Metro Police will have an increased presence to keep everyone attending the celebration safe. Also, please remember, it is very dangerous to park your car on the interstate shoulder to watch the fireworks, and officers will be ticketing!

Aside from the party downtown, there are numerous firework displays all over the Mid State. Check out the listing on our Fox17 Web page for all the fun and festivities.

 

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DELOREAN REPLICA

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Drew Guillory is ready to go "Back to the Future." All he needs is 1.21 gigawatts! The Baton Rouge, Louisiana, man has created a replica of the time-traveling DeLorean from the Back to the Future movies. He started with a 1983 DeLorean he bought on eBay for 13-grand. He says it took five years to duplicate the time machine, down to the reactor vents on the trunk. Guillory says the Back to the Future DeLorean is street legal. But he tells the Baton Rouge Advocate police officers often stop him, so they can get a snapshot with his DeLorean.

ZOO-BABY ELEPHANT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- As babies go he's a really big one -- more than 280 pounds and three-feet-tall. We're talking about a baby elephant born earlier this month at the zoo in Syracuse, New York. Yesterday, the zoo showed off their new calf for the first time. The zoo is also asking for the public's help in naming the little guy. A committee at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will select the top five suggestions submitted online. Zookeepers say the Asian elephant calf will soon have some company. Another elephant at the zoo is pregnant and is expected to give birth in the next few weeks.

WEEDMAN-RESTAURANT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Weedman wants to help those with the munchies. Marijuana activist Ed Forchion is opening a restaurant in Trenton, New Jersey's capital city. Forchion bills himself as the NJ Weedman and his new eatery is called NJ Weedman's Joint. But Weedman says he won't be serving anything made with pot. Marijuana remains illegal in the Garden State. The Trentonian newspaper reports Weedman hopes to open his new joint next month.

TRUMP-BED AND BREAKFAST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- You can now stay at Donald Trump's place. A bed-and-breakfast is open on Trump Organization property in Charlottesville, Virginia. The B-and-B is in a converted mansion next to the Trump Winery. The Daily Progress reports 10 rooms are available for booking, starting at $349 per night.

 
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