Kenny Chesney Says Early 4th of July Celebrations in East Tennessee Were All About ‘Little-League Baseball and Fireworks’

by Keeli Parkey
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The Fourth of July is a time when people across the United States come together to celebrate the beginnings of the nation. So, it’s only fitting that baseball – America’s Pasttime – is part of those celebrations for so many. You can count country music superstar Kenny Chesney on that list.

The Knoxville, Tennessee, native once shared how he spent the Fourth of July in his youth with Warner Music Nashville.

“You know what? I was usually playin’ little-league baseball on the Fourth of July,” Chesney recalled.

Playing sports was something the singer enjoyed as a kid. And, where he grew up baseball was a tradition.

“You know, I was big into sports, and the summertime in east Tennessee consisted of playin’ baseball, and that’s what I did on the Fourth of July,” Kenny Chesney also said.

In addition to the fun he had on the diamond, Fourth of July days at the baseball field included more than just the games themselves.

“And they had a big fireworks display after all the games, and I was usually, you know, tryin’ to win the affection of some little girl over at the concession stand,” Chesney also shared. “And, you know (laughs), things don’t change very much!”

Kenny Chesney Plans Stadium Tour For 2022

Obviously, Kenny Chesney did not become a professional athlete. That, however, has not kept him from performing in stadiums across the country.

In fact, he plans to hit those stadiums in 2022 for a tour being called “Here And Now 2022.”

“Like it does for everyone, the idea of music, live music, fills me up. Nothing is so in the moment, so completely alive,” Chesney said in a press release about the tour. “I want to start 2022 with the awesome rush that embodies everything playing for No Shoes Nation is. We’re calling the tour ‘Here And Now 2022,’ because when we get together, there is only the present – and it’s so electric and good, I know I don’t want it to end. I just want to be 100 percent there with all of you.”

The first date of the tour will be a stop in Tampa, Florida, on April 23, 2022. Chesney will conclude the “Here And Now Tour 2022” at Gillette Stadium. He will play at the home of the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Aug. 26 and Aug. 27.

Unsurprisingly, Kenny Chesney is very happy to get back on tour after having to stop touring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I can’t wait. Literally, here and now. In the moment,” he also said. “All of us together, like we’ve been so many times, but fresh and alive and in the music. That’s why we’re calling it ‘Here And Now 2022.’ It’s the perfect name for this tour.”

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