Sparks are flying this weekend as America celebrates its independence, and there's a lot going on in Nashville and Middle Tennessee communities! Nashville's annual Let Freedom Sing! July 4 in Music City celebration offers two days of festivities on July 3 - 4 featuring three stages and 15 live music acts. More than 250,000 people are expected to be downtown. It's all free and open to the public. "Just as the fireworks show has grown to epic proportions, so has the music with the most live acts ever on three stages over two days," says Ken Levitan, board chair of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and co-president of Vector Management. "We can't wait for everyone to come out and enjoy the best July 4 in Nashville with family-friendly activities, lots of great live music and one of the country's best fireworks displays." Two new stages this year include Ascend Amphitheater and the Music City Stage at The Green at Riverfront Park (the third stage is at Bridgestone Arena Plaza).

Sunday, July 3:

Gates open at 3 p.m. and live entertainment at The Green starts at 4 p.m. with DJ DU, Shelly Colvin, Jason Eskridge and headliner Brandy Clark. There will be a five-minute fireworks show at 9 p.m.

Sunday, July 4:

Activities begin at noon at the McDonald's Family Fun Zone featuring inflatable slides, inflatable water slides, inflatable gladiator-style games, a rock-climing wall and more. Live entertainment at the Family Zone stage at Bridgestone features the General Jackson Showboat performers, Jamie Kent, Les Kerr and The Bayou Band, and Scat Springs and Big Soul Band. Live music at The Green and Ascend Amphitheater stages begins at 3 p.m., including Ruby Amanfu, Andrew Combs, Erin McCarley, Maddie & Tae, and others. Nine-time Grammy Award-winner — and local mom! — Sheryl Crow headlines the Ascend stage starting at 8:25 p.m. The Nashville Symphony joins her at 9:20 p.m. Then, from 9:35 - 10:05 p.m., the Symphony performs patriotic music choreographed to the 30-minute fireworks show. New info this year for the downtown Nashville festivities: • In order to ensure maximum security, no coolers or backpacks will be permitted. Other items you're not allowed to bring are fireworks; outside alcoholic beverages; drugs; weapons; laser pointers; pets (except service animals); pop-up tents; beach/pole-style umbrellas; wagons or pull-carts; drones or other RC aerial devises; audio/video recorders; transport devices; and more. • You are allowed to bring the following: collapsible chair everywhere (except Ascend Amphitheater); blankets and ground tarps (6'x8' or less); handheld personal umbrellas (up to 36 inches); personal cameras; small bags (maximum measurement 16"x10"x4") — all chairs and umbrellas must be taken down and put away by 4:30 p.m. • Bring refillable water bottles to fill at free water stations throughout the event site. • At designated locations, cold bottled water will be available for two bottles for $1 until 5 p.m.; after 5 p.m., it will be $1 per bottle. Additionally, at these stations, hot dogs will be $1 each. • Don't want to drag your small children into the big crowd? Watch from home! A livestream of the festivities begins at 5 p.m. at WKRN News 2 will offer a commercial-free broadcast of part of Crow's performance along with the Symphony and fireworks show. Get all of downtown Nashville's July 4 schedule and info at


Want to see the downtown fireworks but don't want to deal with the crowd? Adventure Science Center hosts its annual July 4 celebration that includes after-hours admission to the center's exhibits and planetarium shows, outdoor science demonstrations, games and more. Then, watch the city's fireworks from the center's front lawn. Tickets are $35 adults, $25 ages 2 - 12 (members get a $5 discount). Registration's required. Call 615-862-5160 or visit


Enjoy fireworks fun in your own community at one of these family outings: Friday, July 1: Smyrna, Lee Victory Park Saturday, July 2: Nolensville Park Sunday, July 3: Hendersonville Freedom Festival, Drake's Creek Park Monday, July 4: Brentwood, Crockett Park Franklin, Public Square & The Park at Harlinsdale Gallatin, Triple Creek Park Goodlettsville, Moss-Wright Park La Vergne, Veterans Memorial Park Lebanon, James E. Ward Ag Center Mount Juliet, Providence Marketplace Murfreesboro, McKnight Park Pegram Park Watertown, Public Square