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4th of July Events in Middle Tennessee

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.

Williamson County

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.

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Upcoming Festivals in Middle Tennessee

Spring has sprung in Middle Tennessee! It’s officially festival season. Middle Tennessee is known for some of its great family-friendly festivals. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite, upcoming, family-friendly festivals for you and yours to enjoy! Read on for more information.

7 Festivals to Enjoy This Spring in Middle Tennessee

#1 Main Street Festival

When: April 29th 10am-6pm and April 30th 11am-5pm

Where: Downtown Franklin

Cost: Free

The Heritage Foundation’s Main Street Festival is back again in downtown Franklin. Visit this festival for a weekend full of music, arts and crafts, food, a children’s carnival, performances, and more!

Live music will take place in three areas — view the full performance schedule here. Third Avenue North will feature the kids’ zone with plenty of old-fashioned carnival games, a cake walk, a dunk tank, and more. There will be a ferris wheel, kiddie swings, pony rides, and petting zoo available for a small fee. “Big kid” attractions will take place on Fourth Avenue North.

More than 150 artisans and crafters will be present at this year’s festival with their handmade goods! Jewelry, pottery, furniture, woodworking, photography, and more can be found in the booths along Main Street.

Eat your heart out at one of the more than 25 food vendors and make memories the whole family will enjoy for years to come!

#2 Nashville Taco Fest

When: May 6th 12pm-8pm and May 7th 12pm-8pm

Where: Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville, TN 37213

Cost: General Admission $21-25, VIP $75-80

This will be the first annual Nashville Taco Fest! Portions of the proceeds from this festival will go towards area non-profits including: Opportunity Now Initiative, East Nashville Athletics, Conexion Americas, Be About Change, and the Lydia Smith Sickle Cell Foundation.

There will be plenty of tacos galore, as well as:

  • Taco Trucks and Vendors
  • Hot Pepper Eating Contest
  • Taco Eating Competition
  • Club Ibiza Salsa Dance Tent
  • Mechanical Bull
  • Mariachi Bands
  • Margarita Mixdown Competition
  • Chihuahua Costume Contest
  • Specialty Margaritas
  • Kid Zone
  • VIP Experience
  • Hourly Taco Giveaways
  • Live Bands

For more information check out www.nashvilletacofest.com.

#3 Backyard BBQ Fest

When: April 29th 10am-5pm

Where: Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro, TN

Cost: Free

Backyard BBQ Fest is presented by The Hoof restaurant and organized by the Murfreesboro Breakfast Rotary Club. This year’s 3rd annual Backyard BBQ Festival will take place on the historic grounds of Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro. Take in the smells of the delicious bbq, join in on a rib eating contest, sip on craft beers, and dine on competition style bbq! You can even watch some of the top cookers in Middle Tennessee brawl it out over who has the best bbq in town.

#4 Main Street JazzFest

When: Friday May 5th and Saturday May 6th

Where: Murfreesboro, TN, Downtown Square

Cost: Free

Main Street’s JazzFest is a great place to people-watch, eat, drink, ship, mingle, soak up the sun, and hear some phenomenal jazz music! New artists are being added to the lineup daily. One thing’s for certain, this festival will have you dancing in the streets!

#5 Strawberry Festival

When: May 13th, from 7am on

Where: Portland, TN

Cost: most events free

Start the day off at 7am with the Portland Rotary Pancake Breakfast! Located at First Baptist Church in the gym, this will cost you $7 for adults and $4 for kids.

After you’ve carbo-loaded at the pancake breakfast, take a run in the Strawberry Stride 5k at Portland High School!

From 9am-4pm you can shop over 115 vendors with food, craft items, and more. For only $5 kids can enjoy KidTown USA all day long. There will also be outstanding music on Market Street all day! Click here for the full day’s events.

#6 Franklin Farmer’s Market Summer Festivals

Each year, the Franklin Farmer’s Market puts on a handful of fun festivals for the entire family! Here is this year’s festival lineup — enjoy one, enjoy them all — you can’t go wrong!

Strawberry Festival – May 13, 8am – 1:00pm

  • Farm fresh strawberries, fun and games, and the best strawberry shortcake you’ll ever have are just a few of the highlights of this strawberry themed festival!

Tomato Festival – July 15, 8am – 1:00pm

  • If you love tomatoes, this is the festival for you! Celebrate summer’s favorite vegetable with plenty of tomato tastings, fun, and games.

Watermelon Festival – August 19, 8am – 1:00pm

  • In honor of summer’s favorite fruit, head on down to Franklin for fun, games, a watermelon seed spitting contest, and a watermelon eating contest!

#7 Sevier Park Fest

When: May 5th 6pm-11pm and May 6th 10am-6pm

Where: Sevier Park, Nashville, TN

Cost: Friday night’s events require a ticket, Saturday is free to the public

Friday night’s concert will feature The Lone Bellow, Muddy Magnolias, and Family and Friends. You can get tickets for this event here.

Saturday’s event is free to the public. It will feature unique local vendors, food, art, fashion, pet adoptions, music, and more! With bike races, a hot wing eating contest, the Publix kid area, and more, Sevier Park is the place to be this weekend!

Sevier Park Fest is a benefit for the Friends of Sevier Park and celebrates the 12th South, Belmont, Hillsboro, and surrounding neighborhoods in an effort to promote local talent and businesses. Full festival details can be found here.

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