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May 18, 2024

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Gary Sinise to Perform at Franklin’s Family Day

New this year! A special "Welcome to Franklin Concert" featuring actor Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band (LTDB).

The annual Franklin Parks’ Family Day, a free festival open to the public, reaturns on Saturday, November 4 at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm (located at 239 Franklin Road, across the street from The Factory) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Franklin Parks’ Family Day features:

  • miniature train rides
  • hay rides, pony rides
  • a petting zoo
  • cane pole fishing in the pond
  • horse-related events in the Tractor Supply Arena this year
  • food vendros and more!
Forrest Gump (1994)

Gary Sinise in “Forrest Gump”

Plus, a Concert Featuring Gary Sinise!

This year, enjoy a special “Welcome to Franklin Concert” featuring actor Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band (LTDB). Named after Gary’s portrayal of Lieutenant Dan Taylor in the Academy Award-winning film Forrest Gump, the band, uplifts veterans, first responders and their families through morale-boosting events. In addition to Forrest Gump, Gary is known for many roles including as an astronaut in Apollo 13, as well as a law enforcement official in CSI:NY.

“We are excited to salute the service of our local veterans, first responders, their families and the cities that they serve right here at home with a performance by our Founder and Franklin resident Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band. We hope to see everyone there,” said Donna Palmer, Executive Director of the Gary Sinise Foundation.

The concert will take place 2 – 4 p.m. after the family activities.

Gary, whose own family served in the armed forces including his grandfather, father, uncles and brothers-in-law, has been a staunch supporter of veterans for more than 40 years. Gary established the Foundation in 2011 as an extension of his ongoing efforts to support our Nation’s first responders, veterans, defenders, heroes and their families. The Gary Sinise Foundation relocated its national HQ to Franklin last year.

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.