A Guide to Fourth of July Festivities


A Guide to Fourth of July Festivities

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Spring Hill

Start the day off with Spring Hill’s 17th annual Fourth of July Bicycle Parade at 9:30 a.m. at Port Royal Park.

The event, which is sponsored by the Spring Hill Parks and Recreation Department, welcomes families and kids of all ages to participate in the parade, and encourages participants to decorate their bicycles with as much red, white and blue as possible.

Previously held alongside Beechcroft Road, this year’s event saw the move to Port Royal Park due to the ongoing construction.

Participants are also welcome to bring skates, wagons, power wheels and more. The Spring Hill chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution organization will also be handing out flags, stickers and other America-themed items.

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Franklin

Franklin will host Franklin on the Fourth beginning at 10 a.m. on Independence Day.

The daylong event is a buildup to the fireworks display taking place that night. Festivities also include antique cars, a kids zone and much more.

Franklin’s events will also include a children’s patriotic parade, which begins at 5 p.m. Registration for the parade will be at the Lions Club’s booth on the square and line-up for the parade begins at 4:45 p.m. There will be prizes for best costume and decorated bikes and wagons.

The fireworks are at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm — the event’s festivities begin at 7 p.m. and the fireworks are expected to begin around 9 p.m. Friends of Franklin Parks is hosting the community in the Tractor Supply Co. Arena featuring live music, concessions for purchase and a kids area with old-fashioned kids games and crafts. Rubiks Groove is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m.

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Brentwood 

Brentwood’s 32nd annual Independence Day celebration begins at 5 p.m. with food trucks, live music at 7 p.m. and a fireworks show at 9 p.m.

A special performance of the National Anthem will be given by Lou Galterio, who has sung the President of the United States, the National Anthem for the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball and more.

Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. and will only be changed due to inclement weather. In the case of lightning, strong wind or continuous rain between 7 and 9 p.m., the fireworks will be canceled or postponed. The city notes that lightning is the only reason the concert would be cancelled.

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Davidson County 

Nearby in Nashville, there are several options for the Fourth of July. Early in the day, the annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival will be held at East Park. In the 13 years since it started as a quaint gathering of adepts organized by Mayor Bill Purcell, the Nashville Hot Chicken Festival has grown into a full-fledged, majuscule Nashville Civic Event.

Things kick off with the fire truck parade at 10:30 a.m., followed by flinging open the gates of East Park and the Great Mass Devouring of our Famous Hen and subsequent Great Mass Quaffing of our Local Beers. And it all wraps up with plenty of time for everyone to get a good nap in before the fireworks begin downtown.

Nashville’s Let Freedom Sing! celebration is your all-American Fourth of July blowout with a lineup featuring 20 musicians. Festivities in downtown Nashville will feature a large range of activities for children and adults to enjoy.

Prior to the annual enormous fireworks display accompanied by a performance from the Nashville Symphony (“More than 62,000 shells will be shot,” boasts the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., “making it one of the largest fireworks shows in the country”), Let Freedom Sing! will include a Family Fun Zone, which will feature bouncy houses, slip-and-slides and more.

Chart-topping country artist Brett Eldredge — whose most recent hit is last month’s “Love Someone” — will headline, with an undercard featuring legendary country songwriter Mac McAnally, powerhouse vocalist Jessy Wilson and several others.

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