How will you celebrate July 4th in Nashville?

Celebrate July 4th in Nashville with an annual staple or a unique exhibit!

Nashville holiday celebrations typically include music, good food, and a great time but Independence Day truly brings out the best of Music City. While most Americans look forward to escaping the daily grind, Nashvillians typically want to stay put and enjoy the local events for July 4th in Nashville. This year’s Fourth of July celebrations include annual favorites and special events that you won’t want to miss!

How will you celebrate July 4th in Nashville?

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Many of Nashville’s unique events take place before July 4th this year, allowing everyone to be free for the main event on Friday, July 4, 2014.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture: A Star Spangled Evening

Beat the heat and celebrate the Independence Day holiday with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center! It’s an evening of all-American classics by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and more, along with some of your favorite patriotic tunes featuring the 101st Airborne Division Band. We’ll go out with a bang — literally! — when the orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s explosive 1812 Overture.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Family Night Out at Cheekwood

It’s time to break out your blankets and picnic baskets because Cheekwood is, once again, welcoming back Family Night Out! Every Thursday evening in June and July come gather in Middle Tennessee’s most magnificent botanical gardens and take in a magic show! The performance begins promptly at 6:30 and lasts approximately 45-60 minutes.

Nashville Dancin’ at Riverfront Park

Those in attendance can expect to taste true Nashville as the city’s favorite food trucks line up on First Avenue (“Food Truck Row”) to showcase the unique culinary scene in Music City while East Tennessee distiller, Ole Smoky Moonshine, will be on site to mix up specialty summer cocktails. This week’s lineup includes The Apache Relay, Steelism, Promised Land Sound, and ELEL. Doors open at 5:00 pm and the music starts at 6:00.

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How will you celebrate July 4th in Nashville?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Music City Hot Chicken Festival

The annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival celebrates an original Nashville culinary tradition! The event begins at 11:00 am with a parade of fire trucks and free Hot Chicken samples to the first 500 people in line. 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 six teams try their hand at cooking up their version of Hot Chicken in the Amateur Cooking Competition.

The event ends at 3:00 pm, when visitors can make their way downtown for the annual fireworks display.

Let Freedom Sing

Located in Downtown Nashville, Let Freedom Sing has been named one of the Best Fourth of July Fireworks in the USA. This year, an all-star lineup of Billy Currington, Ashley Monroe, and Striking Matches are among the musical acts to perform leading up to the incredible fireworks display accompanied to music from our GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony. It’s one of the biggest parties Nashville throws all year and it’s all free!

Red White and Boom at Adventure Science Center

Join the Adventure Science Center in celebrating the 4th of July with an unobstructed view of Nashville’s downtown fireworks from the rooftop or lawn. Don’t worry about parking and don’t fight the downtown traffic! Just bring your family to Adventure Science Center and enjoy this exclusive nighttime event.

Franklin on the Fourth

Franklin on the Fourth will be held on the Square in Downtown Franklin beginning at 10:00 am. The annual celebration, coordinated by the Franklin Lions Club, TN Events, and the City of Franklin, will include music, crafts, food, antique cars and a kids’ zone. Franklin on the Fourth ends at 8:00 pm to give attendees time to get to the Fireworks Display at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. The fireworks display, put on by the City of Franklin and sponsored by Hyundai of Cool Springs, will begin at approximately 9:00 pm.

Independence Day Celebration at Brentwood’s Crockett Park

Each year, the City of Brentwood sponsors a July 4th Celebration at the Eddy Arnold Amphitheater in Crockett Park. From 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm, entertainment will be provided by The Kadillacs. Admission is free to the community.

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Find something to do with Nashville GuruSeveral of our favorite Nashville websites provide lists and resources of what is happening in the Greater Nashville area. And when we look at our most popular blog posts, we find that our blog readers are looking for helpful lists and resources too!

Some of our favorite sites providing guides to Nashville include nowplayingnashville.com, nashvillescene.com, Eater Nashville, and Nashville Guru.

Earlier this week, Nashville Guru launched a new site that includes a new design, new content and new photos. Some of the new guides include: a guide to ‘Nashville’s Top 5 Happy Hours’ for every day of the week, the Top 15 Women’s Boutiques In Nashville, and 5 Things You Should Know About Uber.

Find something to do and enjoy all that Nashville has to offer!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Nashville

It’s not too late to plan a fabulous New Year’s Eve in Nashville! Here in Music City, most New Year’s Eve parties include concerts from top performers to ring in the New Year.

We wanted to feature three ways to welcome 2014 in Nashville.

1. New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway

This FREE Downtown Nashville street party will feature many music acts throughout the evening on Lower Broadway. Send off 2013 with a bang and start out 2014 the right way – with a count down to the Music Note drop and fireworks at midnight.

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2. Countdown to Noon at The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

Celebrate the New Year without staying up until midnight at The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring. A fun way for families with younger children to celebrate together and make some memories as they countdown to New Year’s- 12 time zones across the world! This event will run from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

3. Make a dinner reservation at one of these Nashville restaurants

This New Year’s Eve, dine at one of the many Nashville restaurants featuring special celebrations. Restaurants are ready to roll out the red carpet just for the occasion! Many offer late reservations so that you are there at midnight for a champagne toast.

You can also search the event listings on NowPlayingNashville.com for more last minute ideas. No matter how you choose to celebrate, we hope you have a safe and happy holiday!

Best of Fall Activities in Nashville

Did you feel that? The temperature may have reached the 80s this past weekend but yesterday Nashville finally dropped into boot-friendly temperatures! With the heat retreating at last, we can don our favorite scarves, grab a pumpkin flavored treat, and check out the best events of fall in Nashville!

Artober Nashville

Fall Activities in Nashville - ARTOBERThrough October 31

Artober is a month-long celebration of the arts in Music City. Nearly 200 arts organizations offer special events in October, including visual and performing arts, music, crafts, film, and more. Visit the Artober website for a full schedule of events in theatre, music, art and dance.

Family Friendly Halloween Fun

Fall Activities in Nashville - Family Friendly Halloween FunGhouls at Grassmere is full of family fun with a Trick or Treat Trail, Monster Lab, Monsterpiece Theatre, Children’s Costume Parade, Carn-Evil, Scary-Go-Round, Haunted Hayride, and more October 18-20 and 24-27 at the Nashville Zoo.

Take a Spooky Tour

Friends and family who aren’t easily frightened will enjoy Nashville Ghost Tours – offering the Haunted Downtown Nashville Tour, Haunted Tavern Tours, and Nashville Hearse Tours to sufficiently scare you as you learn about Nashville’s history, local legends, and hear some really great ghost stories. Or head a little south of town for the Haunted Franklin Tour from Franklin On Foot. Hear about the spirits of downtown Franklin – departed socialites, Confederate soldiers, spies, and even a dog!

LIGHT at Cheekwood

After November 10, the lights will be out at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. Make sure you stop by and see Bruce Munro’s LIGHT exhibition Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays until 11:00 pm before then!

Fall Activities in Nashville - LIGHT exhibit at Cheekwood

The Famous in Nashville go beyond Recording Artists

When Americans envision a visit to Nashville, they imagine a city full of famous recording artists that they will run into during their daily activities. But the famous in Nashville include more than just music stars.

In fact, the famous in Nashville are beginning to include local chefs, renowned restaurants, and more.

Famous in Nashville go beyond Music Stars and include Local Chefs and Restaurants

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Don’t believe us? Well then check out the features below that have shown a spotlight on our great city’s culinary stars in major publications!

Bon Appetit magazine named Nashville restaurant Rolf & Daughters the #3 Best New Restaurant in America.

Travel + Leisure magazine included Nashville on their list of the Best Coffee Cities in America.

Earlier this year, the James Beard Foundation Awards included several nominations from Nashville, plus an award winner.

All of this national attention on the Nashville culinary scene comes just in time for Nashville Restaurant Week, starting August 19 through August 25. With more than 30 locally owned restaurants participating,we recommend planning ahead and making your reservations!

Famous in Nashville go beyond Music Stars and include Local Chefs and Restaurants

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Tell us: which Nashville original will you be stopping by during Nashville Restaurant Week?

Ways to Celebrate July 4th in Nashville, TN

Celebrate July 4th in Nashville with an annual staple or a unique exhibit!

July 4th in Nashville - Downtown Fireworks Let Freedom SingNashville holiday celebrations typically include music, good food, and a great time but Independence Day truly brings out the best of Music City. While most Americans look forward to escaping the daily grind, Nashvillians typically want to stay put and enjoy the local events for July 4th in Nashville. This year’s Fourth of July celebrations include annual favorites and special events that you won’t want to miss!

ANNUAL EVENTS

Music City Hot Chicken Festival

The annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival celebrates an original Nashville culinary tradition! This year the festivities kick off with the Hot Chicken Festival Fire Truck Parade. Kiddies will love watching the engines parade with their sirens blaring down Woodland Street starting at 11 a.m. at Woodland Street and South Eighth. The procession will end at the East Park Community Center, the headquarters of the festival. Scheduled to participate are several antique fire trucks, The Half Brass Band, Yazoo Brew and a vintage hearse.

The highlight of the festival is the Amateur Cooking Contest. Six teams will compete for the title of Spicemeister, with cooking kicking off at 12:30. They are also competing for a wonderfully kitschy trophy and a deep-fryer when the winner is announced at 2 p.m. from the main stage.

The first 500 people will be treated to free hot chicken samples from Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, 400 Degrees, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Pepperfire Hot Chicken, Smack Your Mama Chicken, and Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish.

Let Freedom Sing

July 4th in Nashville - Downtown Fireworks Let Freedom SingLocated in Downtown Nashville, Let Freedom Sing will feature two music stages this year. In partnership with Nashville Dancin’ the downtown riverfront stages will feature the Nashville Symphony, The Band Perry, Keb’Mo’ and Striking Matches, as well as The Cultivation, The Derek St. Holmes Band, Phoenix Stone, Molly Sue Gonzalez and Joey DeGraw, Chris Mulkey and Deluxe and The Willis Clan. Starting at noon, you can dance all afternoon and into the night as the music plays for 10 straight hours in the heart of Music City.

This year’s July 4th fireworks display, arranged by Pyro Shows, Inc. and choreographed to music played by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, will run 26 minutes beginning at 9:50 p.m. It is the largest in the city’s history and the largest in the South. The show will include more than 26,000 firework shells, totaling more than 14,000 pounds.

Franklin on the Fourth

Franklin on the Fourth will be held on the Square in Downtown Franklin on Thursday, July 4th. The annual celebration, coordinated by the Franklin Lions Club, TN Events, and the City of Franklin, will include music, crafts, food, antique cars and a kids’ zone. The event begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 8 p.m. Attendees at the festival are encouraged to go to the Park at Harlinsdale Farm to view the fireworks show, sponsored by the City of Franklin and WAKM AM-950.

Independence Day Celebration at Brentwood’s Crockett Park

The City of Brentwood is sponsoring its twenty-sixth July 4th Celebration. The event will be held at the Eddy Arnold Amphitheater in Crockett Park from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Paul Ross and the “The Kadillacs”. Admission is free to the community.

SPECIAL EXHIBITS

Screen shot 2013-07-03 at 8.51.09 AMRed Light and Blue at Cheekwood

Enjoy a family friendly evening at Cheekwood beginning at 6:30 pm with Family Night Out, featuring a “Magic of America” Magic Show. At 8:00 pm, the glow of Bruce Munro’s LIGHT exhibition will take center stage along with some talented musicians.

Red White and Boom at Adventure Science Center

Join the Adventure Science Center in celebrating the 4th of July with an unobstructed view of Nashville’s downtown fireworks from the rooftop or lawn. Don’t worry about parking and don’t fight the downtown traffic! Just bring your family to Adventure Science Center and enjoy this exclusive nighttime event.