Things to Do In Nashville for the Fourth of July
It’s time to celebrate America’s birthday! Music City is ready to turn up the heat for a spectacular 4th of July weekend of fireworks, fun, music and great food for the biggest party of the summer.
We have quite a lineup of activities across the whole region to tantalize you, so gather your family and friends and let’s celebrate our nation’s independence!
Kickstart the festivities on July 3 at the Grand Ole Opry, when Allison Krauss, Larry Sparks and others will take the stage. That same night, head north to Hendersonville’s Freedom Festival from 5-10 p.m. for their annual festival celebration with dozens of craft and vendor booths, non-stop live music, a KidsZone and a huge fireworks show at 9 p.m.
On July 4th start your Independence Day with a run through the streets of Music City. Everyone is invited. Choose either the 5K or 10K run through downtown Nashville on the 4th at 7:30 a.m. to benefit the Salvation Army. All finishers will receive a t-shirt and medal.
Nashville’s Riverfront Park is the venue for a continuous variety of bands and entertainers on several stages starting at noon on the fourth. The rocking Honky Tonks in the Downtown District boast live music all day long, so if you need to cool down with a refreshing drink and some tasty barbecue or other fare, follow the music trail on Broadway.
At 9:30 p.m. Music City’s Spectacular 4th of July Fireworks display will light up the Jefferson Street Bridge and the whole night sky, accompanied by patriotic music guaranteed to stir every heart. If you happen to be driving into town at that very time, you can catch an awesome view from the 1-40 loop. No better welcome home than that!
Guests at the Adventure Science Center can take advantage of prime seating to view the fireworks. Your kids will love a few hours to explore this fun and interactive science museum before the skies explode in color.
The Franklin on the 4th festival in the Historic Downtown Square in Franklin will be non-stop action from 10 a.m. – 8p.m., jamming with lots of Bluegrass and Dixieland Jazz. The Square will be overflowing with vendor booths, crafts, inflatables, climbing walls, a petting zoo and pony rides. Make sure you catch the Children’s Parade at 5 p.m. and see if you can guess who’ll win prizes for Best Costume and Best Decorated Bikes and Wagons.
Celebrating an original Nashville culinary specialty, the annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival in East Nashville is the place to go for a unique Southern lineup of local restaurants and amateur cooks. The first 500 people can snack on free hot chicken samples from Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack and Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish. Former Mayor of Nashville and festival founder, Bill Purcell, will have a place of honor in the Hot Chicken Festival Parade that begins at 8th and Woodland at 10:30 a.m. before heading west to the East Park Community Center.
Discover a little hometown flavor on the 4th in Pegram. After the Parade at 10 a.m., satisfy your hunger pangs at the Grinnin’ Pig BBQ.
Pegram’s Fiddle and Pick is hosting the big Independence Day party. Have you ever wanted to try a fiddle, mandolin, Irish drum or banjo? Fiddle and Pick offers all ages the chance to experience a free “hands on instruments” activity. Bring an instrument to play and sing to the Pickin’ Party 4-9 p.m. The day’s festivities will conclude with fireworks at 9 p.m.
Music is the big feature at Gallatin’s Independence Day Celebration. The 48-piece 129th Army Band and the 18-piece Garage Band Revival will play the whole spectrum from pop to big band, country, jazz, R & B, classic rock-n-roll and, of course, some patriotic favorites. The fireworks will begin at dark.
Goodlettsville’s 4th of July festivities take over Moss-Wright Park starting at 4 p.m. Music, games, food and fun for the whole family will include firemen’s foam, inflatables and rock climbing wall. Sit back for a dazzling display of fireworks lighting up the night sky at 9 p.m.
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