With a long weekend ahead, it’s already HEATING up for 4th of July festivities in Downtown Nashville! More than 250,000 people are expected to fill the Downtown Nashville area over the holiday weekend at Let Freedom Sing! on July 3rd and 4th. Our friends at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation host this two day event filled with live music, water slides, climbing walls, vendors, food and lots of fireworks!
Conde Nast named Nashville as one of 6 Last Minute 4th of July Getaways. According to this June 24 article, airfare from Los Angeles to Nashville right now is $282 round-trip. A STEAL of a deal for California jet-setters looking to travel this year for the long weekend!
Google Flights shows round-trip tickets to Nashville from Los Angeles are currently available for $282 (the trip to L.A. on United includes a stop in Houston while the trip back on American Airlines is non-stop), from June 30–July 4.
For the past 8 or 9 years, NowPlayingNashville.com has provided you with Where to Go and What to Do on the July 4th Holiday. This year, I’d like to take you off the beaten path and discover where the locals go to Celebrate 4th of July Weekend in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. To get you prepared for this little adventure, let’s put on some good ole R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. from John Mellencamp.
HERE ARE A FEW EVENTS TO R.O.C.K. THE 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND:
Family Night Out
Thursday, June 30
Cheekwood Bontanical Gardens & Museum of Art
Kick off the Fourth of July weekend with Family Night out at Cheekwood for a special International Night featuring MTSU’s Center for Chinese Music & Culture, Kids Fitness, tour of International Playhouses exhibit, Yayo’s OMG, and some yummy-looking Retro Sno (pictured).
Independence Day & Fireworks
Sunday, July 3
Celebrate Independence Day at the Tailgate Beer brewery with live music, craft beer, pizza, and a full-scale fireworks show. The Dharmabillies, a bluegrass band, will kick off festivities at 12:00pm with the fireworks following in the late evening. Tailgate Beer is located off Charlotte in the Bellevue/West Nashville area.
July 4th Independence Day Celebration
Monday, July 4
Enjoy music and fun in one of Nashville hidden smallest towns. Granville is located on the Cordell Hull Lake and Cumberland River and one of our most favorite towns to visit. Add it to your Must-do list, along with Sutton Ole Time Music Hour in the old Sutton General Store.
Music City Hot Chicken Festival
Monday, July 4
This FREE festival is one of the HOTTEST the city sees each year! The first 500 attendees receive FREE Hot Chicken samples from some of Nashville’s most famous Hot Chicken eateries including Prince’s Hot Chicken, Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Pepperfire, and others. Not crazy about hot chicken, no worries there are other edible things to eat. Festival gates open at 11:00am, but the line forms earlier. So if you want to be one of the first 500, arrive early with the sunscreen, umbrella, and lawn chair. There is an ATM available on-site for those that forgot to bring cash.
4th of July Beer Festival
Monday, July 4
Little Harpeth Brewing
Little Harpeth is across the river on the East side of Nashville, but it’s located on the Cumberland River with a spectacular view of the Downtown Fireworks. Festivities will include food from A Little Italian, Banh Mi & Roll Factory; live music from Air Show and Chaffin’s String Band; Aerial Dancers; beer & fireworks. $10/Under 21; $25/Over 21 includes beer.