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July 24, 2024

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The Best Fourth of July Events in Nashville for 2024

Celebrate America this week with your friends and family! Here's where to go.

It’s America’s big day on July 4 and we’re here for it. Head to one of the best Fourth of July events in Nashville for 2024; grab your blankets, chairs, kids, friends and prepare for big summertime fun! Please note that some areas are holding celebrations on July 3. Please check the Things to Do Grid on July 3 for those events!

The Best Fourth of July Events in Nashville for 2024

Music City Hot Chicken Festival
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Music City Hot Chicken Festival returns to spice up Middle Tennesseans Fourth of July festivities for its 18th year celebrating tastebud-titillating poultry and the people who love it. The festival takes place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 4, 2024 in East Park (700 Woodland St., Nashville) and admission is free for all ages. It all kicks off at noon with the Fire Truck Parade. Visitors can enjoy Hot Chicken from Nashville’s best Hot Chicken establishments, cold beer from Yazoo, and other delicious edibles from local vendors. Live music from local bands keeps the “Nashville” vibe going all day long and visitors can look on while five teams try their hand at cooking up their version of Hot Chicken in the Amateur Cooking Competition.


Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th
3 – 10:30 p.m.

Nashville’s Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th is a free, family-friendly event at the downtown riverfront that features one of the largest fireworks show in the country synchronized to a live performance from the Nashville Symphony. Headliner Chris Young along with YOLA, Girl Named Tom and Blessing Offor will be part of the diverse concert lineup. The concert, drone light show and fireworks show on July 4th are free and open to the public. CMT will nationally broadcast Let Freedom Sing! from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., including a portion of the concert and the entirety of the fireworks show. 



Red, White and Boom at Adventure Science Center  (TICKETS REQUIRED)
6:30 – 10 p.m.

This ticketed event provides some of the best fireworks viewing in town. Grab your friends and family and join Adventure Science Center (800 Fort Negley Blvd,. Nashville) to celebrate the 4th of July. With a view of Nashville’s spectacular downtown fireworks show from the front lawn, this exclusive evening includes hands-on activities for families, games indoors and out and special science and planetarium shows! Tickets are $40 for adults and $30 for ages 2 – 12. 



Red, White & Boom Celebration, Brentwood
5 – 10 p.m.

The City of Brentwood pulls out the stops at the Eddy Arnold Amphitheater with music, food trucks and community fun. Food trucks include: Bradley’s Creamery; Blue Monkey Shaved Ice; Cool Beans Coffee; Little Cancun On The Go; Smokin’ Buttz; Hoss’ Loaded Burgers; It’s A Philly Thing; Phat Pizza; Nashbowls Acai; Heart of TX Tacos; The Grilled Cheeserie; Empanada Lua; and Table of Cuba, LLC. You can also bring your own picnic, so don’t forget your chairs and blankets! The Downtown Band will be performing before the fireworks take off at approximately 9 p.m.




Franklin on the Fourth
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Franklin on the Fourth is a Patriotic festival in Downtown Franklin with arts & crafts, food, entertainment and more! The day begins at 10 a.m. with food and craft vendors.  The “Patriotic Pet Parade” begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a short awards ceremony, musical acts throughout the day, with the headliner coming on at 3:30 p.m.  The Children’s Parade begins at 5 p.m. Sign the kids up for the free Children’s Parade at the Lions Club booth on the day of the event. Line up begins at 4:45 p.m.



Franklin 4th of July Independence Day Fireworks Celebration
5 – 10 p.m.

After Franklin on the Fourth earlier in the day, enjoy an incredible fireworks display at The Tractor Supply Co. Arena at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm (239 Franklin Road, Franklin)! There will be live music, kids games food trucks and concessions. The Park opens at 5 p.m. Fireworks begin at approximately 9 p.m. Live music will be provided from 6 – 9 p.m. Food trucks will be on site and the concession stand at the Tractor Supply Co. Arena will be open for beer and wine sales.



Gallatin Fourth of July
4 – 10 p.m.

Bring the whole family out to Triple Creek Park (240 Champion Dr., Gallatin) for a fun day celebrating the Fourth of July beginning at 4 p.m. Enjoy a foam party provided by the Gallatin Fire Department, multiple food trucks and end the night with a fireworks show!



La Vergne Independence Day Celebration
6 – 9 p.m.

This free event includes fireworks, live music featuring Zone Status, food vendors and other fun activities for families from 6 – 9 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park (115 Floyd Mayfield Drive, La Vergne). Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Music starts at 6 p.m. Families are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs, as well as their own picnic dinners. Visitors may also dine from a selection of food vendors that will be onsite. The fireworks show will begin at dark.



Murfreesboro Celebration Under the Stars
4:30 – 10 p.m.

Enjoy free fireworks and music for the July 4th holiday at the Fountains at Gateway (1500 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro). Bring lawn chairs and blankets for picnicking on the grass with a live DJ beginning at 4:30 p.m. Live music featuring Craig Campbell will begin at 7:30 p.m. from the Fountains Stage. The fireworks display will light up the sky at 9 p.m.






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