4th of July in Nashville

June 15, 2022

Live music, kid-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 head to Nashville this Independence Day.

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

From downtown Independence Day country and reggae concerts to free family fun zones and searing fireworks displays, Nashvegas 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. Whether you ring in your Independence Day Celebration with pyrotechnics or a fast-paced 5k run, Powder City is the place to be.

Nashville Attractions

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 joy.

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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 4th of July 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, USA4th of July Events in Nashville

Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 3rd - 4th, 2022

Don your red, white, and blue, and perhaps pick out some cowboy boots when you celebrate America at Let Freedom Sing! Country music, reggae, 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 multi-day and stage event beginning on July 3rd. 

Prepare yourself for grammy-winning live performances from Gramps Morgan, festive games, and synchronized symphony pyrotechnics.

Liberty-loving little ones can experience the July 4th Amazon Family Fun Zone beginning on July 3rd. 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 music, 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 the sounds of reggae artists Gramps Morgan, Singer-songwriter Cassadee Pope, Levi Hummon, and 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. 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 firework viewing tickets or full Music City packages are available for purchase. 

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

16th Annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival - July 4th, 2022

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 16th 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 2nd, 2022

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, 2022

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

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

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

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