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Nashville Celebrates the 4th of July

The rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air will soon fill the skies from coast to coast as our nation celebrates the birth of American independence.

This is America’s birthday! Not canon fire that streaked the war-torn night sky during the War of 1812, as immortalized in the words of our national anthem, but fireworks, bonfires and celebrations that have traditionally marked the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence since that momentous day on July 4, 1776.

In the heat of the American Revolution, representatives of the 13 colonies gathered in Philadelphia, determined to declare independence from Great Britain. Risking being hanged for treason by the British, the 56 members of Congress signed the historic Declaration of Independence drafted by Thomas Jefferson, and July 4, 1776 marked the birth of the United States of America!

Let Freedom Sing! at Music City’s Riverfront Park

Nashville knows how to celebrate, so take your pick of festivities and bring the family along to join in the fun. Music City’s fireworks display at Riverfront Park ranks as one of the best in the nation. Activities extend to Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, free Family Fun Zone for kids on 2nd Avenue. Free concerts on the Lawn at Riverfront Park both Tuesday and Wednesday. July 4 is the big extravaganza, with live music beginning at 1:00pm, main concert at 6:30pm and spectacular fireworks at 9:45pm to the strains of patriotic music from the Nashville Symphony playing on the bank of the river.

Photo courtesy of Nashville CVB


General Jackson Showboat

Scores of boats cruise down the Cumberland River to watch the 4th July fireworks opposite Riverfront Park for the best views in Nashville. Gaylord Opryland’s General Jackson showboat has one of the best deals in town for enjoying the fireworks. Board the General Jackson at Opryland Hotel and enjoy a three-course dinner and music onboard while cruising down the river. The boat stops near Fort Nashboro to give guests a front row seat for Music City’s fireworks spectacular at 9:45pm.

On the return trip enjoy a sensational Broadway style extravaganza, The Heart of Tennessee: A Musical Journey, which celebrates the state’s rich musical heritage. A limited number of tickets are available for the outer deck, where buffet and entertainment will be served, with exclusive upper deck viewing for Nashville’s fireworks.

Let’s take a roundup sampler tour of other festivities and fireworks for July 4th in the greater Nashville area.

Brentwood Fireworks

Crocket Park, July 4, 7:00-10:00pm; Music from the Kadillacs, fireworks after sunset.

Franklin on the Fourth

Harlinsdale Farm, Franklin’s northern outskirts, 200 acre farm formerly owned by the Harlin family, breeders of champion Tennessee Walking Horses.

11:00am – food, crafts, music, children’s activities, face painting, climbing walls, and inflatables. Children’s Parade 5:30pm, Mr Jack Daniels Original Silver Coronet Band at 8:30pm, fireworks at 9:00pm.

Gallatin 4th July Fireworks

Gallatin Civic Center, Albert Gallatin Road

6:00pm Music by Wannabeatles, Grammy-nominated Beatles cover band; 9:00pm Fireworks

Goodlettsville 4th July Celebration

Moss-Wright Park, 4:00pm-10:00pm

4:00pm family activities, food, fun, games, Firemen’s Foam, rock climbing wall; 9:00pm Fireworks spectacular.


Hendersonville Freedom Festival

Drakes Creek Park, Tuesday, July 3, 5:00-11:00pm. Music, entertainment, food and vendors; 9:00pm Fireworks.

Lebanon July 4th Bash, Pro Bowl West

501 Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, 12 noon- midnight. Live music by Ross Key – a direct descendent of Francis Scott Key (the author of The Star Spangled Banner), guest musicians, cookout, bowling specials and fireworks! Free fun for the entire family.

Music City Hot Chicken Festival

East Park, 700 Woodland St, East Nashville; July 4, 11:00am-3:00pm

Hot Chicken Days: 30 Ways to Feel the Burn; Celebrates original Nashville culinary tradition. Over 30 local restaurants compete with hot chicken dishes. Competitions, kids’ activities, brews and music.

Wynnewood Historic Log Home (closed since tornado of 2008)

Grand Reopening – July 4, 10:00am-2:00pm; 210 Old Highway 25, Castalian Springs. Civil War & Colonial Days re-enactors, music on the porch, food and fun.

Share your stories of fun on the Fourth!

Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel...Read on



    Claude Reese

    Looks like you’ve got them all covered. Looks like great fun. I think you are doing such a good job on this program. Seems like folks are a bit more patriotic then in the last few years. I hope you will like mine for this week.

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