Nashville celebrates America's independence with picnics, baseball games, plenty of live music, and spectacular fireworks. The country music capital of the world offers a day full of fun and diverse events. You can start your morning at 7 am with the Music City 4th of July 5k/10k Run. Throughout the day, you can see the Nashville Sounds play baseball, try some barbecue downtown, or snack on hot chicken in East Park. The "Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th" party is going to be the highlight of your 4th of July in Nashville.
Lower Broadway is the epicenter of fun all day long. After nightfall, make sure to check out the LED lights on the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge. Block parties and celebrations are not just limited to downtown. Every neighborhood hosts a festival of their own with festive red-and-blue decorations everywhere.
Music City Hot Chicken Festival (July 4, 2020; pending)
This annual festival celebrates the signature Nashville dish: hot chicken. Since 2007, this free event held in East Park has been one of the favorite ways to celebrate the 4th of July. Free hot chicken samples are available to the first 500 people in line. The festival runs from 11 am to 3 pm and features a firetruck parade, cooking contests, live music, and family-friendly activities. Check the official festival website for the 2020 updates.
Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th (online)
Music City July 4th is one of the largest annual music festivals in Nashville that attracts an impressive list of headliners. The festival is free for the public and attracts about 350,000 people to 5th & Broadway and Ascend Amphitheater. The festival's Family Fun Zone opens in the morning at Walk of Fame Park with climbing walls, water slides, and various games. Broadway Stage comes alive at noon, and concerts run till 9:30 pm. In 2020, the Music City July 4th celebration is honoring the healthcare heroes with a televised and online fireworks show broadcast from Downtown Nashville. There will be no concert or audience allowed in the parks. Country music celebrity and GRAMMY award-winning singer Brad Paisley, who was meant to be a headliner of the 2020 July 4th event, will headline in 2021., giving the community something to look forward to and visitors a reason to book a trip to Nashville next year.
Past lineups of Music City July 4th included Brett Eldredge, Jessy Wilson, Mac McAnally, Dylan Scott, Creature Comfort, Jackson Bruck & The Dukes of Hume, and Joe West. Nashville Symphony has the last act of the festival. The orchestra plays during the fantastic 30-minute fireworks show. Riverfront Park and Pedestrian Bridge are some of the best spots to see the display. This year, the best place to watch the fireworks spectacular is your home TV or laptop.