My July 4th

I’m sad to say that I didn’t get myself out to do very many of those free events that I had written about. Bad weather and the offer to grill with some good friends kept me from going downtown in the afternoon and evening, but this morning I dragged myself and a few of my roommates down to East Park to eat some of that hot chicken.

My roommates (Dan and Alex) and I got to East Park around 11am when things were starting, and it was already clear that we were NOT going to score any of that free chicken. The line stretched from the entrance to the festival all the way to the park center.

Not happening

Not happening

After about five minutes in that line we walked into the festival and got into another long line, this one for Prince’s Hot Chicken. While we waited we wandered around and found some free goods, such as fresh watermelon from the farmers market…

Free, fresh, and delicious

Free, fresh, and delicious

When Alex wandered off she found free sun lotion, a free fan, AND a free Purity ice cream sandwich (atta girl!)

Fans and ice cream sandwiches. Awesome.

Fans and ice cream sandwiches. Awesome.

The wait for the hot chicken was long, but it eventually ended and was delicious and hot. I was also surprised at how cheap it was! 3 tenders at Prince’s were only $3, $5 with fries! In other words, it was totally worth the trip, we made out like bandits.

Oh, one more thing. There was an inflatable slide at the festival, and we all partook in its glory.

Bombs away!

Bombs away!

The rest of the day was spent hanging with friends, but when my friend and I heard that the fireworks were being moved up to 8:20 we walked over to Belmont’s Curb Center parking garage, which has a great view of Nashville. When we got there it had just started raining a little, but it wasn’t anything too bad. Let me tell you, the view from there was wonderful.

Very nice...

Very nice...

Belmont even had speakers up so everyone there could listen to the symphony as they played, but when the rain got really heavy we completely lost our view of downtown because of the haze. At that point the rain started blowing into the parking garage and the wind almost knocked over a table, and it sort of made for a slightly surreal experience. The haze eventually cleared, though, and it cleared just in time for the grand finale. That was a pretty sweet fireworks show. I don’t think it would have been the same to have watched it on TV.

That’s my scene report, tell me yours.

Emily

About Emily

Emily (Founder/Editor in Chief) : Emily is a graduate from Belmont University, where she majored in Music Business. She’s originally from rural Ohio, where there are many cows, a river, and one vineyard. Though she moved to Seattle in 2015, Emily maintains a love of both Nashville and free things, and is actively looking for contributors for NashvilleForFree.com. If you're interested, reach out to her at emily@nashvilleforfree.com.