Best Ways Celebrate July 4th in Nashville!
Music City July 4th 5K/10K
Come on down ya’ll! Kick off the holiday weekend right with a run through downtown Nashville. The race starts at 7:00 a.m. in Public Square Park. Registration is $25-55. The Music City July 4th 5K/10K is supporting the Pedigree Foundation, which helps the individuals and organizations that work to ensure better outcomes for dogs in need.
Music City Hot Chicken Festival, East Nashville
The fiery bite of hot chicken can be every bit as spectacular as the downtown fireworks. To get your hands on the city’s best hot chicken (and icy cold beer), be sure to drop in on the 11th annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in East Park. The quirky festival kicks off with a fire truck parade at 10:30 a.m. The first 500 festival-goers will enjoy free Hot Chicken samples. Naturally, there’s live music all day long!
Let Freedom Sing! July 4th in Music City
Saturday, July 4, 2017 — Downtown Nashville, TN
We’re rolling out the red carpet and getting ready to celebrate our nation’s independence in style. On July 4, GRAMMY-nominated country artist Chris Young kicks the party off at noon on Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville. Singer Chris Young is a multi-Platinum recording artist from nearby Murfreesboro with nine No. 1 singles including his recent ACM, CMA, and Grammy-nominated duet “Think Of You” with Cassadee Pope.
Let Freedom Sing! July 4 in Music City is a free, family-friendly event that will also showcase the Nashville Symphony; Country Music Hall of Fame Members, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; R&B powerhouse Jonny P; and folk rock duo, The Sisterhood featuring Alyssa Bonagura and Ruby Stewart.
Need a break from all the great music? Set the kids loose in the free Family Fun Zone at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza which will feature inflatables, refreshments, crafts, and other kid-friendly activities. While they’re zipping around, post all your great pics using #NashvilleJuly4 for a chance to be featured on the big screens around town!
The day culminates in a stunning 30-minute fireworks display synchronized to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony.
Sunday is Funday!
Sunday, July 5 — Nashville, TN
Make Sunday a day for resting, relaxing, and splashing! Tennessee may be landlocked, but there’s no shortage of aquatic play options for you and the kids to enjoy. The Nashville Mom has put together a pretty comprehensive list of family-friendly water activities and a few of our favorites from her list are:
- Nashville Shores
- Beach area at Percy Priest Lake
- Cumberland Park splash pad
- Splash Pad at Port Royal Park in Spring Hill
- Richland Park Greenway & Edwin Warner Park
- Maryland Farms YMCA
- Concord Rd (Brentwood) YMCA
- Green Hills YMCA
The Beat Goes On!
July 6-8, — Nashville, TN
But wait, there’s more! The week’s festivities continue when Contemporary Christian superstars, MercyMe, takes the stage at Ascend Amphitheater on July 6. On July 7, legendary rockers My Morning Jacket and Nashville-based singer/songwriter Margo Price hit Ascend Amphitheater. And if you’ve had your fill of music, be sure to catch the Gold Cup doubleheader featuring the U.S. Men’s National Team taking place on July 8 at Nissan Stadium.
Getting Around Nashville During the 4th of July
It’s worth noting that there will be downtown road closures during the day and the Woodland Street Bridge and the John Seigenthaler Bridge will close near the fireworks show and will reopen after it’s finished. Traffic can get pretty intense when Nashville throws a party, so if you’re looking for a local Lyft, Nashville Guru is offering $15 in free ride credits. Get the deal here!
Of course, if you’re looking for something more Nashville and you really want to see the town, book a bus tour with Tommy’s Nashville Tours. We’ll show you around Music City in style!