Looking for a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July in Nashville? Or somewhere nearby? Fireworks, music, food, and fun — all the ways that Music City likes to mark a special day, right? We’ve put together a great list of spots to listen and watch — as well as a couple more of our traditional Independence Day events (hot chicken and road races for the win)!
Let Freedom Sing – Downtown Nashville
With FREE live music from Chris Young, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jonny P, The Sisterhood, and the Nashville Symphony (day and night!), it’s no wonder that Music City has landed a top ranking in the country when it comes to Fourth of July celebrations! Performances begin at noon at Ascend Ampitheater and The Green at Riverfront. As always, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra will play during the fireworks show. (You can listen to the fireworks music on station as well.) Kid-friendly activities and vendors abound in the Family Fun Zone during this free event as well. You’ll find climbing walls, water slides, samples, games, live music, and don’t forget to head over to Music City Walk of Fame Park to snag a picture with The National Championship Trophy which will be on display throughout the event.
Monday, July 3 – Dusk (approx 8:30pm)
Regular park entry rates
Think of it as two shows in one with the gorgeous reflections of color on Percy Priest Lake. Included with a season pass or that day’s waterpark admission, fireworks begin at dusk. Park hours will be 10 am – 8 pm with the Lagoon Pool remaining open until right before the fireworks.
McGregor Park – Tuesday, July 3. Fireworks begin at 9pm.
Starting around 7 p.m., the Screaming Eagles parachute team will drop in, followed by a live performance by Laura Bell Bundy. Visitors can only enter in gates four and seven. Visitors must have your driver’s license, insurance and registration available in order to get a pass.
Tuesday, July 4 – Begins at 10 am
A celebration that focuses on family fun, Franklin on the Fourth includes music, crafts, great food, antique cars, and a large kids zone. Features for the kids include inflatables, a petting zoo, pony rides, and a Children’s Parade (line-up starts at 4:45pm and the parade begins at 5pm). Franklin on the Fourth ends at 8 pm to give attendees time to get to the Fireworks Display at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. The display, put on by the City of Franklin and its sponsors, begins at approximately 9 pm.
The Gallatin, Tennessee, Fourth of July Celebration is held at Triple Creek Park. Music, food, and fun activities start at 6pm and fireworks begin once the sun sets. The famous Tower of Foam sponsored by the Gallatin Fire Department returns to the event! The popular band The WannaBeatles will also be performing.
Moss-Wright Park in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, hosts the Independence Day Celebration. Starting a 4 pm with fireworks beginning at 9pm, activitiesfood vendors, face painting, gaga pit, pony rides, Fireman’s Foam, an Activity Zone full of inflatables, four station euro bungee, a three station rock climbing wall and games like baseball and football toss. The event concludes with a giant fireworks display set to music.
The Hendersonville Freedom Festival,held annually at Drakes Creek Park, begins at 5 pm. A live auction sponsored by Wholesale Inc. starts at 7:30pm, and fireworks begin at 9 pm. Vendor and food booths will be set up for shopping and eating and the Kidszone will be back to entertain the kids! Tickets for Kidszone are $5 for the first armband; $15 for a family of five.
Independence Day celebration will take place Tuesday, July 4 at Veterans Memorial Park (115 Floyd Mayfield Drive).
The event includes fireworks, a concert, food vendors, as well as other fun activities. FREE admission. Gates open at 5:30 pm. Music starts at 6:30 pm. Fireworks begin at 9 pm.
Live music beginning at 4 pm. in the town center in front of the Providence 14 Theater. A 30-foot video game trailer, featuring several gaming systems such as an XBOX 360, PlayStation and Nintendo Wii, will be available as well as several high-definition LCD televisions. The younger crowd will enjoy face painting, balloon artists, caricature artists, inflatable slides and more. Fireworks begin at 9 pm at the Paddocks Shopping Center. All activities are free!
“Celebration Under the Stars,” held at McKnight Park on Tuesday, July 4, begins at the outdoor pool at Sports*Com at 10am—with a pool party, games and prizes until 4:30pm. $3 for youth & seniors; $4 for adults. Evening activities in McKnight Park begin at 3:30pm. Admission to family-oriented events will be free of charge. Family activities and inflatables will be available from 5 to 8 pm, there will be family activities. Fireworks will light up the sky at 9 pm.
Star Spangled Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 1 in Nolensville Park. Celebrate with inflatables, live music, and food vendors. Fireworks to begin at dusk.
Independence Day Celebration to be held on, July 2 in Lee Victory Recreation Park (110 Sam Ridley Parkway East). Celebrations begin at 5 pm; fireworks at 9 pm.
Other July 4th Fun
Tuesday, July 4 – 11am to 3pm
Come celebrate 11th annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival at East Park! Find the best hot chicken in town, plenty of cold beer to wash it down, and a variety of other vendors at this East Nashville tradition. And it wouldn’t be a Music City event if you couldn’t find live music all day, right?
Tuesday, July 4 – 7am
5K, $45/10K, $50
This stroller-friendly run through downtown Nashville is a great way to kick off your celebrations! The race begins at Public Square Park. Online registration ends on July 2nd; all mail in registrations must be post-marked by June 26. A 1-Mile Pup Wag-n-Walk immediately follows the race and there’s a virtual race option for traveling Nashvillians!