It’s hard to believe it, but the 4th of July is right around the corner! This summer holiday gives us all a chance to celebrate America with our friends, family, and loved ones, while usually watching some incredible fireworks and eating some delicious barbecue. One thing’s for sure, Middle Tennessee knows how to celebrate Independence Day in style. Read on for the best 4th of July Events happening this weekend and into the holiday in Middle Tennessee!
Rutherford County Events
Rock the Pool and Celebration Under the Stars — Celebrate July 4th in Murfreesboro, TN at McKnight Park. From 10am-4:30pm come “Rock the Pool” at their Independence Day bash featuring contests, games, and more. This is great for all ages!
Enjoy their “Celebration Under the Stars” with your friends and family. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the games, activities, live band, Murfreesboro Symphony, fireworks, and refreshments. This runs from 3:30pm – after the fireworks display at 9:30pm. For a full schedule of events, click here.
4 on the 4th — Head over to Providence Christian Academy (410 DeJarnette Lane) for a 4 mile run/walk. The Kid’s Fun Run is for ages 4-9 and starts at 8:45am for $10. After the races enjoy live music, carnival food, inflatables, and more! For more info call 615-220-1600.
La Vergne July 4th Celebration — Head on down to Veterans Memorial Park, located at 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive. The event is free and includes fireworks, a concert, food vendors, and other family friendly activities! Gates open at 5:30pm, with music starting at 6:30pm featuring Missy Garnet and the Two Dollar Pistols.
Bring you lawn chairs, blankets, and your own picnic dinner if you’d like! There will also be a selection of food vendors onsite. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Smyrna Independence Day Celebration — On Monday, July 3, there will be music, food, and fun activities at Lee Victory Recreation Park (110 Sam Ridley Parkway East) in Smyrna for the city’s annual Independence Day celebration! Starting at 5pm, kids can play on inflatables or take a train ride provided by C&R Railroad.
Pack a picnic or dine on the onsite concessions. Enjoy the lively music featuring 2nd & Vine, then sit back and enjoy the fireworks show at dusk!
Davidson County 4th of July Events
Downtown Fireworks — The downtown Nashville fireworks are easily the biggest party happening in Nashville on the 4th of July. The party starts at noon with its concert series, headlined by Chris Young, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and more. The Nashville Symphony will be there playing during the actual fireworks show! There will be plenty of family friendly eats and activities at this shindig. For a full list of details and times, click here.
If the thought of parking downtown for the holiday makes you sweat, don’t forget you can always take an Uber or Lyft, or even hop aboard the Music City Star! The Music City Star train will take you right to the celebration, with you arriving river front by 5pm. For tickets and train times, click here, and purchase early!
The Nashville Sounds — What is more American that a night at the baseball park? The Nashville Sounds are in town all of the holiday weekend! From June 30-July 3, you can see the Sounds take on Oklahoma City. With plenty of promos, family fun, ballpark food, and post game fireworks, the Nashville Sounds know how to celebrate the 4th! For schedule information and tickets, click here.
Nashville Hot Chicken Festival — Nashville is famous for a lot of things, including its incredible hot chicken. 2017 marks the festival’s 11th year. The festival brings together the local community and visitors to celebrate Nashville’s famous hot chicken. The event is FREE and held in East Park at 700 Woodland Street on July 4. There’s a fire truck parade at 10:30am, followed by free hot chicken samples to the first 500 people in line.
Festival gates officially open at 11am. Visitors can enjoy hot chicken from all of Nashville’s best hot chicken establishments, cold beer from Yazoo Brewery, and other tasty treats from local vendors.
It’s a Nashville party, so of course there will be live music from local bands. There’s even an Amateur Cooking Competition where 5 teams will give their best effort at cooking up their own version of hot chicken. The event is over at 3pm, giving everyone plenty of time to head downtown for the fireworks! For more info on the event, click here.
Nolensville Star Spangled Celebration — The city of Nolensville will celebrate Independence Day with its Star Spangled Celebration on Saturday, July 1. The event starts at 6pm and is located in Nolensville Park. Bring your family, friends, and loved ones for food trucks, inflatables, and live music. Fireworks start at dusk!
Franklin on the Fourth — Franklin’s annual 4th of July celebration begins at 10am on July 4th. It includes plenty of family fun, great music, arts and crafts, delicious food, antique cars, and a huge kid’s zone.
The festival is free and features food vendors ranging from corn dogs to smoothies, ice cream to frozen lemonade, and everything in between. Craft vendors fill the area with their incredible handmade items. The kid’s zone will feature inflatables, a petting zoo, and pony rides. There’s even a fun Children’s Parade that starts lining up at 4:45pm and starts at 5pm.
This event ends at 8pm in order to give attendees plenty of time to get to the Fireworks Display at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. This display is put on by the city of Franklin and its sponsors, and starts around 9pm.
Brentwood July 4th Celebration — Celebrate the 4th in Brentwood at Crockett Park, located at 1500 Volunteer Parkway. The Kadillacs will provide all the entertain you need for the evening with their male and female vocalists, amazing rhythm section, and hot horn section. They play Big Band and Jazz of the 40s, Motown, Beach and Classic Rock of the 60s, Disco and Funk of the 70s, and classics from the 80s and 90s. Show starts at 7pm.