STRING CITY: NASHVILLE'S TRADITION OF MUSIC AND PUPPETRY
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville
Wednesday, July 3 - Saturday, July 6

Marionettes, rod puppetry, shadow animation and an ever-changing set tell the story of country music as it relates to Nashville's transformation into Music City.

START WITH A KICK & END WITH A BANG: MUSIC CITY JULY 4TH
Walk of Fame Park & Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville
Wednesday, July 3

Nashville's July 4th festivities kick off a day early this year. Today, the Family Fun Zone with inflatables, water slides, games a DJ and more is open from 12 - 5 p.m. at Walk of Fame Park. From 4 - 7:15 p.m. at Ascend Amphitheater, enjoy music by by Bizz & Everyday People, The Whigs and Alejandro Aranda performing as Scarypoolparty. A five-minute fireworks show takes place at 10 p.m. following the Gold Cup semifinal soccer match at Nissan Stadium (soccer game is at 8 p.m.).

CONCACAF GOLD CUP SEMIFINAL SOCCER MATCH
Nissan Stadium, Nashville
Wednesday, July 3

Cheer for the USA team when it challenges Jamaica.

FREEDOM FESTIVAL — TOP PICK FOR SUMNER
Drakes Creek Park, Hendersonville
Wednesday, July 3

Vendor booths, live music and food booths open at 5 p.m. For $5, you can enter the Hendersonville Has Talent competition where the winner gets $1,000. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.

SMYRNA'S INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Lee Victory Park, Smyrna
Wednesday, July 3

Live music by the Missy Garnett Band, inflatables, games, food trucks and more. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.

THIRTH OF JULY
East Nashville Block, Nashville
Wednesday, July 3

This East Nashville block party benefits local charities and features food, beer and live music by The Last Bandoleros, Lacy Couch and Smart Objects.

A PRESIDENTIAL FOURTH
The Hermitage, Nashville
Thursday, July 4

Play 18th century games on the lawn, participate in the Raingutter Regatta sailboat race, design your own American flag, watch the raising of the hickory pole, hear readings of the Declaration of Independence and enjoy Kona Ice treats.

FRANKLIN ON THE FOURTH — TOP PICK FOR WILLIAMSON
Public Square & The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, Franklin
Thursday, July 4

Festivities kick off at Public Square with live music, an antique car shows, arts and crafts vendors, kids' activities and more. The Children's Parade is at 5 p.m., and fireworks start at 9 p.m. in the park.

LET FREEDOM SING! MUSIC CITY JULY 4TH — TOP PICK FOR NASHVILLE
Downtown Nashville
Thursday, July 4

Festivities kick off at 12 p.m. with the Family Fun Zone featuring inflatables, water slides, games and a DJ. Live music kicks off on the Fifth & Broadway stage at noon with Jackson Bruck & The Dukes of Hume, Creature Comfort and the Joe West Band. The official program starts at 5:45 at the stage. Brett Eldredge headlines the music. Other performers include Mac McAnally, Jerry Wilson and Dylan Scott. The event transfers over to Ascend Amphitheater at 9:10 p.m. where the Nashville Symphony will perform to the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. The music will be piped into the streets of downtown Nashville and Walk of Fame Park.

4TH OF JULY ROCK THE POOL & CELEBRATION UNDER THE STARS — TOP PICK FOR RUTHERFORD
Sports*Com & McKnight Park, Murfreesboro

Start your family's Fourth with fun in the Sports*Com pool, complete with games and contests from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Then make your way over to the adjacent McKnight Park at 5:30 p.m. for live music, inflatables and refreshments before the fireworks start at dark.

RED, WHITE AND BOOM
Crockett Park, Brentwood
Thursday, July 4

Enjoy an evening of live big band and jazz music by The Kadillacs starting followed by fireworks.

CLICK HERE for our complete roundup of fireworks shows across Middle Tennessee.

FRONTIER FRIDAY: WEAVING
Historic Mansker's Station, Goodlettsville
Friday, July 5

Watch historic interpreters demonstrate weaving techniques on 18th century looms and learn how the tools are still used today.

THE WIZ
Center for the Arts, Murfreesboro
Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 7

Dorothy's adventure in Oz set to a lively mixture of rock, gospel and soul music.

SUMMER SPLASH H2OLIDAY
Nashville Zoo, Nashville
Saturday, July 6

Cool off in a water wonderland with a variety of slides, wet and wild games, splashy attractions and more. Plus, watch zoo critters enjoy their own brand of popsicles like frozen grapes, turkey broth pops and chilled meal worms.

MUSIC ON MAIN FOR KIDS
Main Street Park, Goodlettsville
Saturday, July 6

Dre Hilton performs a high-energy show for children.

PRINCESS STORYTIME
The Purple Butterfly, Franklin
Saturday, July 6

Moana shares stories and poses for photos, plus kids can enjoy face painting.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST WITH THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY
Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville
Saturday, July 6 - Sunday, July 7

Watch the Disney animated classic in HD while the Nashville Symphony performs the score live.

MUSIC CITY BMX
Hamilton Creek Park, Nashville
Sunday, July 7

Girls and boys can participate in the thrill of bike racing in a three-lap race around a quarter-mile track. Little kids can use balance bikes and striders.


MORE FAMILY FUN THIS WEEKEND TO CONSIDER

EXPLORE STORYBOOK HOUSES
Cheekwood, Nashville

If you haven't made it out to Cheekwood yet to explore the whimsical Storybook Houses exhibit, what are you waiting for? Five imaginative play house structures honor different children's storybook illustrators. And when you need a break from the heat, pop up to the mansion where the Museum of Art currently houses the Childhood Classics: 100 Years of Children's Book Illustrations. It's a fun exhibit showcasing some of the most memorable illustrations in children's book history. Little ones will love crashing on the giant bean bag chairs while flipping through picture books in the exhibit's "Reading Room."

GO SEE THE NEW SPIDER-MAN MOVIE
Regal Opry Mills, Nashville (or any local theater)

Spider-Man: Far From Home is in theaters now, and it's one of the best movies in the Spiderverse. Tom Holland delivers an authentic high-school version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in this superb movie full of twists and turns. It helps if you've been following the Avengers movies, in particular Avengers: Endgame, because Far From Home picks up where Endgame left off, more or less. There are a lot of cross references to the Endgame storyline, but never fear. Even if you haven't seen Endgame, you won't be lost. Far From Home does a good job of filling in enough of the backstory to keep you up to speed. The mind-blowing special effects are top notch.
     It's awesome to see Mysterio in this film and the diabolical way Jake Gyllenhaal brings him to life. Of course, Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) never disappoints. With his trademark snark, Jackson delivers some of the movie's funniest lines. What makes this particular Spider-Man brand stand out is how modernized it is, breaking away from the traditional mold from the comic book's history. Instead of an old, grandmotherly Aunt May, this Spidey world's May — wonderfully portrayed by Marisa Tomei — is much younger (late 40s/early 50s) and vivacious. She also knows Peter's web-slinging alter ego. Likewise, it's great to see a strong, sassy MJ (Zendaya) who is nobody's fool.
     We saw the movie at Regal Opry Mills with the ScreenX experience, which is cool. Select scenes throughout the film include wrap-around projections, so in addition to the main screen in front of the audience, both side walls of the theater become movie screens, giving you a 270-degree visual experience that's out of this world.

EXPLORE THE SCIENCE OF SOUND
Adventure Science Center, Nashville

The museum just unveiled its brand-new permanent exhibit call soundBox. It allows kids to explore the science of sound through 14 interactive, hands-on social experiences — all while celebrating Nashville's "Music City" roots. Children can create their own musical tracks while visualizing notes and beats on glowing walls or while adjusting pitch and volume sounds and tones in full-body, immersive experiences.

DRIVE-IN DOUBLE FEATURES
Stardust Drive-In, Watertown

There's nothing quite like the nostalgic drive-in experience, and Stardust always delivers double-headers on both of its screens. That's right, the price of admission ($8.50 adults, $6.60 ages 6 - 11, free 5 & younger) gets you TWO first-run flicks. This weekend, Screen 1 will show Spider-Man: Far From Home followed by Men In Black International. Screen 2 will show Toy Story 4 followed by Aladdin. The box office at the gate opens at 6:30 p.m. First feature starts at 8:20 p.m., the second starts at 10:45 p.m. If you go, plan to arrive early because the carline gets really long.

SUMMER MOVIE MADNESS
Various locations

Check out our roundup of free and cheap family flicks taking place all summer long, with some locations offerings screenings on weekends.

MAKE YOUR OWN ICE CREAM
With all the festivities of the summer weekend, add extra fun and flair by making your own frozen treats at home with an easy recipe (with or without an ice cream machine). If you'd rather head out to a local ice cream parlor, check out our We All Scream for Ice Cream Roundup — psst... one of our favorite spots in town is Bobbie's Dairy Dip in West Nashville, serving up classic soft serve dip cones and a whole lot more!
 

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