Nashville 4th of July 2024: In-Depth Guide

Live music, family-friendly games, and plenty of finger-licking good eats. Music City goes all the way for the Fourth of July. Strap in for a weekend of flag-flying festivities, when you celebrate a Nashville 4th of July.

Follow along as we dig into every awesome Nashville 4th of July event.

From downtown Independence Day country and rock concerts to free family fun zones and searing Nashville 4th of July fireworks, this music mecca makes no secret of its patriotic pride.

Enjoy a refreshing long weekend at the waterpark floating down the lazy river, or cozy up to some A-listers at Madame Tussauds. Pick out some red, white, and blue cowboy boots because the 4th of July in Nashville is a true party!

Whether you ring in your Fourth of July celebration with pyrotechnics or a fast-paced 5k run, Powder City is the place to be.

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Long holiday weekends full of celebrities, tree-topped thrills, and slip-splashing fun are what summer was made for! So make the most of your time in Music City when you savor every last moment of 4th of July Nashville joy.

Ham it up for the camera and get close to the biggest names in music when you hightail it to Madame Tussauds Nashville. First, spend an afternoon snapping selfie after selfie as you encounter the lyrical legends that inspired America’s musical landscape. Then, step into recording studios, pretend you’re an extra in a pop music video, or grab that mic and let your inner Aretha shine! Catch magical moments with Elvis, Beyonce, Billie Holiday, and more. 

Load up on SPF and strap on those goggles when you slide, swim, and splash with the whole family at Nashville Shores Waterpark. This aquatic oasis features over 20 attractions, including eight thrilling water slides. Test your obstacle skills in Aqua Park, hang ten at Kowabunga Beach, or squeeze together for a group rafting ride on the new Mega Mayhem.

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Calling all adrenaline junkies! Experience the combined exhilaration of nature, giant zip lines, cargo notes, and Tarzan swings when you reserve your spot at Treetop Adventure Park. An ideal way to burn off some energy before the Independence Day festivities, this action-packed attraction contains one hundred exciting obstacles and challenges. 

crowd of people in pool with water fountain at Nashville Shores in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

4th of July Nashville Events

Let Freedom Sing Music City July 4th

Don your red, white, and blue, and perhaps break out your favorite broken-in cowboy hat, when you celebrate America at Let Freedom Sing! Music City! Music City July 4th.

Country music, inflatable bounce houses, and more come together to create this beloved downtown Nashville event. Free* and open to the public, this Independence Day Celebration is a patriotic extravaganza that’s perfect for country music fans.

Liberty-loving little ones can experience the July 4th Amazon Family Fun Zone*. An ideal reprieve before the fireworks spectacular, this ever-popular event is returning to the Walk of Fame Park. Open daily from 12 – 6:00 p.m., tykes of all ages can bop along to live musical guests, bounce in inflatables, and enjoy endless games and activities.

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Of course, Music City knows a thing or two about putting on a show! Audiophiles of all ages will be in heaven as they soak in synchronized pyrotechnics and a Grammy-winning live performance from the unrivaled Brad Paisley.

In addition, attendees will be treated to the lion-hearted soul blend of sounds from the War and Treaty, Langhorne Slim, Tiera Kennedy, and stirring numbers from the Nashville Symphony.

These spellbinding genre-spanning performances will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Ascend Amphitheater. Then, at 9:30, the Nashville Symphony will serenade the city and provide a melodious score to the largest fireworks show in Nashville history. Optimal fireworks viewing can be found at the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, Riverfront Park, and on the Cumberland River.

Can’t make it to First Avenue and Broadway? The evening’s revelry will be broadcast on national TV. While this is a free event, VIP fireworks viewing tickets or full Music City packages are available for purchase.

*Please note that an exact schedule of events for 2024 has yet to be released, and this information is based on last year’s celebration.

crowd of people on street at night with fireworks in sky at Let Freedom Sing! Music City event in Nashville, Tennessee, USA
photo credit: Visit Music City via Facebook

18th Annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival – July 4th

The best part about the 4th of July? Some may argue it’s the blissful backyard eats. Indulge in Nashville’s most iconic dish when attending the 17th Annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival. Held in East Park, this community event brings together locals and visitors.

Worship the delicious deep-fried delicacy that is fried chicken, watch the fire truck parade, and sip an ice-cold brew from Yazoo. Activities kick off at 10:30 a.m., and guests can revel in live local music or try their hand at an amateur cooking competition. End your 4th of July in Nashville with a refreshing rainbow Snoball from Retro Sno.

mother and son posing for photo holding food in paper tray with stall in background at 16th Annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, USA
photo credit: Music City Hot Chicken Festival via Facebook

Lucky Ladd Farms Watermelon Festival – July 1st

Think pink! Relish some fresh air and family-approved fun at Lucky Ladd Farms this Fourth of July weekend. With a general admission ticket, you will be granted access to a slew of wholesome activities, attractions, and delights. Ride ponies, wander through a corn maze, and cuddle up to cows, llamas, and sheep.

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Post animal adventure, mosy on over to the Watermelon Festival for some rosy-hued revelry. Munch on a free slice of melon, frolic through the Splash Zone, or dunk away in the Bubble Blast Bool. Competitive critters can try their hand at the Watermelon Crawl or eating contests. 

photo credit: Visit Rutherford, TN via Facebook

Music City July 4th 5k – July 4th

Ready to burn off some of that BBQ? Stretch those legs and feel your heart rate soar as you begin your 4th of July bright and early. Then, round up the whole family for the annual Music City July 4th 5k run at 7 a.m. This athletic endeavor is the perfect way to commence your freedom festivities. It’s open to all ages and fitness levels.

Run, walk, or stroll through downtown Nashville and witness awesome landmarks like the new Music City Convention Center. Every runner or walker will feel like a winner when they receive their commemorative medal and giveaway item.

Freedom, honor, and the American way. Raise a glass to Uncle Sam and sprinkle a bit of honky tonk spice into your Independence Day when you visit Nashville this July.

people gathered for Music City July 4th 5k at Nashville, Tennessee, USA
photo credit: Run Nash via Facebook

Red, White, & Boom – July 4th

Science, magic, and laser shows make for a sizzling day of USA-themed fun. Little learners of all ages will score both education and entertainment, when they make a beeline for the Adventure Science Center on July 4th.

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Brace for Independence Day impact when you purchase tickets to an exclusive evening of  Red, White, & Boom. Ticket holders will be blessed with both a premier view of the downtown fireworks show from the Science Center lawn and scintillating science displays.

Enjoy exclusive after-dark hours admission to the science center from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Tackle hands-on activities, themed lawn games, and more before witnessing a live science show at the Eureka Theatre, or mind-boggling magic tricks at Cosmic Ray’s. For an additional cost, you can also spring for tickets that include special laser shows at the Sudekum Planetarium.

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Don’t forget to bring along your own picnic to accompany your patriotic evening of adventure, or sample the tasty offerings from local food trucks such as Daddy’s Dogs and Chick-fil-A.
Music City is no stranger to theatrics, and this thriving city is ripe with rousing 4th of July plans.

Get groovy with the grammy award-winning Nashville Symphony. Sing along to Cassadee Pope or post up for a fiery pyrotechnic display.

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Scandalize your tastebuds with hearty helpings of hot chicken from Hattie B’s and Boltons, or swing like Tarzan at the Treetop Adventure Park. For even more Nashville fun, check Tripster out for the best deals on Madame Tussauds tickets, Nashville Shores tickets, and Belmont Mansion tickets

From watermelon seed spitting to bounce house antics, Nashville is pure American nirvana.

Tell us, What’s Your Favorite Way to Spend the 4th of July in Nashville?

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Written by Isis Maya Nissman

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central...

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