Staying in Nashville for the July 4th weekend? Lucky you! Music City is filled with fun ways to spend the holiday weekend. With great food, music, festivals, fireworks and plenty of cold beer, Independence Day in Nashville is sure to be a blast! Here are your best bets for how to spend the weekend!
Events for the weekend: 4th of July, Nashville Style
Thirth of July: July 3
This East Nashville block party gets going at 5 p.m. on Friday night. For $15, enjoy beer and live music at 404 N. 12th St. Bands include Elmo Buzz and the Eastside Dogs, Black Diamond, Off the Wagon and Chuck Meade. Learn more at thethirth.com.
U.S. Men’s National Team vs Guatemala: July 3
With the U.S. Women’s Team seated among favorites to win the World Cup, soccer has been buzzing all summer. If, like us, you can’t get to Canada for the quarters or semis, consider showing some national pride by attending to the U.S. Men’s National Team match against Guatemala. The match takes place at LP Field with a 5:30 p.m. kickoff. Get the full details at ussoccer.com/mnt-vs-gua.
A Star Spangled Event with the Nashville Symphony: July 3
For those interested in a more structured Friday evening, head to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center to hear the Nashville Symphony perform patriotic anthems like the “1812 Overture” and “Servicemen on Parade.” Concert starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are available starting at $22. Learn more at nashvillesymphony.org/tickets.
A Prelude to the Fourth: July 3
Kick off the weekend downtown with live music at 1st and Broadway. “The Weeks” are headlining Friday night, with other performances by pianist Gabe Dixon, singer/songwriter Gabe Dixon, and DJ DU. Check out visitmusiccity.com/july4th.
First Saturday Art Crawl: July 3 (you read that right … First Saturday Art Crawl is on a Friday!)
First Saturday Art Crawl is a festive atmosphere with participating venues located along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and upstairs in the Historic Arcade, all welcoming the community to experience downtown Nashville as an arts center. Though this event is typically on the first Saturday of every month, it will be held on Friday July 3 to accommodate the holiday weekend. Admission is free and many of the museums also serve free wine and refreshments. Learn more at nashvilledowntown.com/first-saturday-art-crawl.
Let Freedom Sing: July 4
Downtown is the place to be on the fourth with activities for the whole family. Blow up bounce houses and slides, games, food and music make for a fun-filled day. And even if you don’t make it to all the downtown activities during the day, be sure to find a spot river side Saturday evening for one of the country’s largest fireworks displays. With the Nashville Symphony playing live music choreographed to match the show, it’s the perfect end to a star spangled day. Visit styleblueprint.com/happenings/letfreedomsing for more details.
Music City July 4th 5K/10K: July 4
Wanna feel good on the July 4? Sign up for the Music City July 4 5K/10K! Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, empowering injured veterans and their families. So get your jog on Saturday morning and support those men and women who have give so much to make our freedom possible. The race is open to all ages and fitness levels and the starting gun will fire at 8 a.m. sharp. Learn more at styleblueprint.com/happenings/july4-5k10k.
Music City Hot Chicken Festival: July 4
Hot chicken. That’s really all that needs to be said. And there is no better day to eat hot chicken and drink cold beer than July 4. Is your mouth watering yet? Make plans to go to East Park and indulge in this Nashville staple. styleblueprint.com/happenings/hotchickenfestival
Acme 4th of July Party: July 4
Acme is hosting an exclusive party to help you avoid sweat, crowds and long lines. Their VIP rooftop access tickets guarantee an excellent view of the downtown fireworks show as well as a buffet dinner and rooftop survival kit. General admission tickets get you in the door (air conditioning!) and in front of some great live music. Get more info at styleblueprint.com/happenings/acme4thofjulyparty.
Red White and Boom!: July 4
Join Adventure Science Center in celebrating the fourth with an unobstructed view of Nashville’s downtown fireworks from their lawn. Bring the family and enjoy an exclusive nighttime event. Entry is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with the fireworks show starting close to 9:45 p.m. and lasting 30 minutes. There will be a live feed of the Symphony music so you won’t miss out on any of the action, but can avoid some of the crowds. Learn more at adventuresci.org//4th-of-july.