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10 Things to Do Over Fourth of July Weekend 2017 in Nashville

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Updated: 12 June 2017
When it comes to Fourth of July fireworks, Nashville often makes the list for having some of the best in the country. But that’s not all that the Music City has to offer around July 4th. Here are the coolest things to check out before the fireworks start.
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Music City July 4th 5K/10K

Runners will enjoy starting their day bright and early with a 5K/10K that takes place downtown on the morning of July 4th. Held at Public Square Park, the race begins at 7 a.m. and is an all-ages event. Registration starts at 6 a.m. that day, or participants can register via mail through to June 26th, or online by July 2nd. There is also a Wag-n-Walk one-mile dog walk that begins right after the 5K/10K. Each person who participates in the race will receive a T-shirt and custom finisher’s medal.

Public Square Park, Nashville, TN, USA

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Let Freedom Sing

Free concerts will take place at Ascend Amphitheater and The Green at Riverfront starting at noon on July 4th. Artists scheduled to perform at the event this year include Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jonny P, The Sisterhood, and headliner Chris Young. There will be a family fun zone set up during the day with inflatables and vendors, and after the event, there will be a fireworks show synchronized to live music by the Nashville Symphony.

Ascend Amphitheater, 301 1st Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA

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Thirth of July

An annual tradition in East Nashville is Thirth of July. It takes place on July 3rd from 4 p.m. until midnight at North 12th Street between Ordway Place and Calvin Avenue. There is live music, food, and drinks, as well as unlimited Yazoo beer with the purchase of advance tickets that cost $30. The price goes up to $40 when you pay at the door. There are also early bird tickets available for $20, which include four bands, access to food trucks and unlimited Yazoo beer. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefits the Martha O’Bryan Center.

North 12th Street & Ordway Place, Nashville, TN, USA

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Music City Hot Chicken Festival

The weather isn’t the only thing that will be hot this July 4th in Nashville. The annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival will take place that day at East Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and begins with a fire truck parade at 10:30 a.m. Live music from local bands keeps the energy going while an amateur cooking competition takes place. In addition to hot chicken samples for the first 500 people, there is also Yazoo beer and other local vendor food offerings.

East Park, 700 Woodland St, Nashville, TN, USA

First Saturday Art Crawl

Held on July 1st this year, the First Saturday Art Crawl will showcase visual art from local, national and world-renowned artists at venues located along Fifth Avenue of the Arts. Admission is free, and most of the art galleries that participate serve free wine and other beverages. The event, which highlights the artistic talents of Nashville artists and those across the globe, attracts between 1,000 and 2,000 people every year.

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Oklahoma City Dodgers vs. Nashville Sounds

Nashville’s Minor League Baseball team, the Nashville Sounds, is playing against the Oklahoma City Dodgers June 30th through July 3rd. The Sounds play their games at First Tennessee Park, which has been their home game ballpark since 2015. With a value of more than $30 million (USD), Forbes listed the Sounds as the 19th most valuable Minor League Baseball team in 2016.

First Tennessee Park, 19 Jr Gilliam Way, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 690 4487

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Acme 4th of July

For the 21-and-over crowd, Acme Feed & Seed hosts its 4th of July event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both VIP rooftop and booth tickets are available, which grant all-day rooftop access, a dinner buffet, an Acme swag bag, and access to 1st Avenue Patio all day. Floors 1–3 will be open to the public during the event, and after 3:00 p.m., there will be a $10 cover charge. Guests can also enjoy a lovely rooftop view of the fireworks in the evening.

Acme Feed & Seed, 101 Broadway, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 915 0888

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Frist Fridays Concert Series

Kicking off its 15th season on June 30th is the Frist Fridays Concert Series, hosted by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The concerts, which are for all ages, take place on the last Friday of June, July and August in the Turner Courtyard from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., rain or shine. Guests will have the chance to participate in gallery and studio programs led by artists featured in the exhibitions, such as an interactive spoken-word performance by Vanessa German and a soundscape experience created by John Powers. Nashville tribute band The Long Players will perform songs by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the June 30th celebration.

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 244 3340

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Fireworks at Nashville Shores

Catch a great fireworks show a day early, on July 3rd, at Nashville Shores. The water park will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with fireworks beginning around 8:30 p.m. Prior to the fireworks, the park will have its Barefootin’ Concert Series from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Lighthouse Beach Stage. The concert is included with waterpark admission.

Nashville Shores, 4001 Bell Rd, Hermitage, TN, USA, +1 615 889 7050

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Backstage Nashville Songwriters Party

On Saturday, July 1st, 3rd and Lindsley will have its Backstage Nashville Live! Daytime Hit Songwriters Party. The event, which will take place at 12:30 p.m., will feature songwriters such as Gordon Kennedy, Danny Flowers, and Ray Stephenson, who will perform some of their biggest hits and discuss the stories behind them. Attendants will be able to meet the songwriters, take photos, and receive autographs. There will also be complimentary bourbon tasting and drink specials, plus the grill menu will be available. Tickets are $25, and seating is first come, first served.

3rd and Lindsley, 818 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 259 9891