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4th of July Events in Nashville

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Music City hits all the right notes when it celebrates the Fourth of July holiday.

Nashville hosts great family activities, an impressive array of musical entertainment and one of the best fireworks extravaganzas in the country. During this popular multi-day celebration of food, family, fireworks and America’s independence, events take place in various locations throughout the city.

Living up to its moniker Music City, Nashville also provides a wide variety of performances in the days leading up to the big fireworks display that concludes the Independence Day festivities.

Here are some insider tips on the best places to get involved with the festivities.

Start the Party on the “Third”

Held on North 12th Street in East Nashville, the Third of July is a massive neighborhood block party. Thousands of people have attended this annual July 3 afternoon festival for more than a decade. It features live music, food and family fun. This exciting event is a great way to kickoff your Independence Day celebration.

Celebrate America and Stay Healthy

Public Square Park serves as the start and finish lines for the early-morning Music City July 4th 5K/10K road races. Beat your best time or join family and friends for an invigorating jog through downtown Nashville past several of the city’s famous landmarks like the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the Music City Convention Center. The event is open to all ages and fitness levels as well as leashed dogs. Runners receive a complimentary t-shirt and a participant’s medal. Plus, that extra slice of apple pie won’t make you feel as guilty,

Hot Chicken and More

The Hot Chicken Festival is held rain or shine in East Park on July 4th. The festivities start out with a bang with a fire truck parade. Guests enjoy spicy, crisp chicken along with cool beverages and an amateur cooking contest. Local bands provide music throughout the day to keep the festive atmosphere going. Swing by and sample the unique Nashville chicken recipe along with other mouth-watering treats. Open to the public, free samples are provided to the first 500 people in line.

Get in the Zone

Downtown Nashville is the setting for the Family Fun Zone. Set up on July 4th, the festivities include slides and other inflatable play structures for children as well as games, food and live music for the entire family. The fun starts at noon on top of the hill located at the southern end of The Lawn at Riverfront Park. Cool off with water fountains, misting stations and free smoothie samples.

Experience Good Vibrations

Beat the heat and enjoy the Nashville Symphony Celebrates America program, an evening performance of everyone’s favorite patriotic tunes as well as a variety of all-American classics. Scheduled on July 3 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the event is topped off by a stirring rendition of Tchaikovsky’s explosive 1812 Overture.

Let Freedom Sing

Let Freedom Sing, a series of concerts featuring top performers across two Riverfront Park stages, draws one of the largest Independence Day crowds in the Southeast. The entertainment starts at 1 pm. and runs up to the fireworks display later in the evening. The Ascend Amphitheater and The Green at Riverfront Park serve as the backdrop for the alfresco concerts. There is no better way to celebrate the holiday than with free concerts in a city built on music.

Red, White and Boom Fireworks

Nashville is the setting for one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays. It is also the only one set to live music. Choreographed to original music provided by the city’s Grammy Award-winning symphony, 1.5 tons of pyrotechnics are launched into the air over the Cumberland River during the show that lasts over 30 minutes. The best vantage points include a boat on the Cumberland River, the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, Adventure Science Center and East Park. Be sure to stake out your spot early as these locations fill up fast.

Check out this video for a glimpse at the fun and excitement of last year’s fireworks show.

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