Weekly Highlights – July 3-9

Happy July 4th week! Independence Day was always one of my favorite holidays to celebrate in Nashville for the enormous amount of free things to be enjoyed. Here’s our write-up on the week ahead.


Hendersonville Freedom Festival at Drakes Creek Park – 5-10pm
The event includes an auction, great live music, food vendors, face painting, Kids Zone (there is a fee for this area in the festival), friendly competition games, and, of course, fireworks.

Bingo at Beast Pub – 7pm
Who doesn’t love a good bingo night?

Tuesday (July 4th, y’all!!!)

Hot Chicken Festival in East Park – 11am-3pm
I lived for the Hot Chicken Festival — I’m not sure I ever missed a year during my time in Nashville. And I always needed a massive nap afterwards. Anyway, the festival is free to attend, but the chicken costs money UNLESS you’re one of the first 500 people to line up for samples at the main tent. And trust me, you need to get there EARLY to be one of those first 500.

Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th in downtown Nashville – 12-10pm
This is the BIG downtown July 4th event that you either love or hate. Regardless, the fireworks are always super impressive (when it isn’t raining, which seems to happen a lot). This year’s free concert includes performances by Chris Young, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jonny P, This Sisterhood and the Nashville Symphony.

Other July 4th celebrations include one at Moss-Wright Park in Goodlettsville (4-9:30pm) and Triple Creek Park in Gallatin (4-9pm).


Binary Code Bracelets with Turnip Green at the Main Public Library – 10:30am
Make a binary code bracelet, while learning about code and how computers store information using a specific string of numbers. For ages 8-13.

The Summars Say Farewell (for now) to Nashville at The Basement – 7pm
A farewell show featuring Trent Summar & the New Row Mob, Plow’d featuring the ol’ Hank Flamingo Boys.

Portland 4th of July Celebration at The Bridge at Highland – 6:30pm
Yay more fireworks! Plus, everyone gets a free hotdog, chips, and soda meal.


East of 8th at The High Watt – 6pm
Featuring Roanoke, Dustin Christensen, and Queen Hilma.


NPT’s Launch Party for 24/7 NPT3 PBS Kids Channel at Casa Azafrán Community Center – 10am
NPT is hosting a launch party for NPT3 PBS Kids, its new 24/7 children’s channel. The free event takes place on Friday, July 7, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Casa Azafrán and includes games, crafts, refreshments and an appearance by PBS Kids character Super Why! Speakers will include Kevin Crane, President & CEO of NPT and Denine Torr, Director of Community Initiatives, The Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Home Sweet Home with Nashville Zoo at the Main Public Library – 10:30am
Learn the surprising places animals make their homes. For ages 3-13.

Kids Hip Hop and Dance Funk Party at Moss-Wright Park – 10am
Kids will learn some sweet dance moves to their favorite song from the “Cupid Shuffle” to “Twist and Shout” to “Old MacDonald Had A Band.” Fun for kids of all ages, led by MIZZ KT. Wait, do kids like the Cupid Shuffle?


What is Recycling and How Does It Matter? at the Bellevue Public Library – 11am
Learn about the various types of recycling, what materials can be recycled and the impact it has on our planet as we continue with our “Build a Better World” Summer Challenge.

Robert’s Western World Presents: Honky Tonk Saturday Night at The Basement East – 8pm
Featuring Jon Byrd & Byrd Auto Parts, Amanda Contreras & the Cool Country Band, and the Swampy Tonk Drifters. Plus, an after dance party with the Cowpokes.

David Cohen Classical & Flamenco Guitar at Two Old Hippies – 6pm
David Cohen is an award winning multi-instrumentalist and recording artist who plays the classical & flamenco guitar, Chinese pipa and the highland bagpipes. David’s two recordings highlight his compositions on the guitar, and he’ll be playing you some stuff for free in the Gulch.


Nerdy Talk Trivia at Beast Pub – 7:30pm
Plus 2-4-1s all day.


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