July 4th Weekend – Celebrations Galore!

America. With puppets. And a Texan.

If there’s one time of the year in Nashville when you can expect a party, July 4th is it. Not only do we have an awesome fireworks display downtown, we have lots of other parties and celebrations scattered about the city.


A Prelude to the Music City July 4th Celebration at Riverfront Park – 12pm-late-ish
If you’re the kind who likes to pre-game a party as much as possible, or if you just want to hear some good music, get some samples, win some stuff, and participate in some activities, then this event is for you. It’s sponsored by Dr. Pepper and Kroger and starts at noon. The activities run until 7pm and the music, featuring Port Chuck, Lighter Ray and The Dirty Guv’Nahs starts at 6pm.


Hot Chicken Festival in East Park – noon-5pm
If you’re one of the first 500 people in line at this heated festival you’ll get free hot chicken from Prince’s, 400 Degrees, Bolton’s, Pepperfire, and the chicken shack. Even if you miss the free bird you can still buy this local (and personal) favorite, listen to some sweet tunes, and have a great time in general. The Hot Chicken Festival has become a N4F tradition, so please join us!

Franklin on the 4th in downtown Franklin – 10am-10pm
Franklin sure does love having parties, and we at N4F love them for it. There will be a patriotic costumed Children’s Parade (3pm), free music and entertainment from 2 stages, a petting zoo, bungee jump, antique cars, a rock climbing wall, and more. Starting at 9pm there will be a fireworks display. The Franklin website recommends watching them from The Park at Harlinsdale Farm.

Brandon Jazz presents: 8 off 8th AMERICA STYLE at the Mercy Lounge – 9pm, 21+
If you want discounted beer, local music, a great place to watch the fireworks, AND the opportunity to register to vote check out the Mercy Lounge’s July 4th-themed 8 off 8th, brought to you by Brandon Jazz. Performers include Brandon Jazz & His Armed Forces, Bravo Max, Tesla Rossa, The Billy Goats, Dungeon Honey, Tex Rambunctious, and, of course, Uncle Sam.

Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th at Riverfront Park – noon-10pm
It’s the biggest July 4th party in Nashville, and one of the biggest in the country. Over 100,000 people come to watch the July 4th fireworks in Nashville, and that’s because they’re pretty damn good, if I do say so myself (why wouldn’t I?). It’s so big they need two stages for the music! The music at the first stage starts at 12:30 and will feature performances by The Jompson Brothers, Ayla Brown, The Willis Clan, The Cleverlys and The Dirty Guv’Nahs. The Main Stage entertainment begins at 7:00pm with the Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony, Street Corner Symphony (finalists from ABC’s “The Sing-Off”) and Darius Rucker. Fireworks begin with the Nashville Symphony at approximately 9:30pm.

Now, I know not everyone watches the fireworks downtown. That would be insane. I’ve been known to watch them at the Belmont Parking Garage (cookies, music, and a great view), and something tells me Love Circle is quite the popular place to hang out on July 4th.

So tell me, where do you all go to see the July 4th fireworks?



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  • Grant

    That’s pretty cool. The 4th is a Monday though, not Saturday.

  • Chris

    do you know if they will be doing fireworks at Percy Priest Lake this
    year? They usually do them on the 3rd but I haven’t been able to find
    any info. Thanks.