• Nashville’s Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th Celebration
Noon, Riverfront Park. There will be music on two stages and a Family Fun Zone for kids. The main concert — featuring Keb’ Mo’, The Band Perry and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra — is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., and the fireworks are set for 9:50 p.m. Free.
• Music City Hot Chicken Festival
11 a.m.-3 p.m., East Park, 700 Woodland St., 615-219-9590. Vendors will be on-site with their own spicy chicken, and an amateur cooking contest will decide which up-and-coming cook has what it takes to make the best hot chicken around. Additional parking is available at East Nashville Self Storage.
• Music City July Fourth 5K/10K Run
Registration at 6:30 a.m.; race at 7:30 a.m., Public Square Park, 10 Public Square, Nashville. The run benefits the Salvation Army and will make a loop around Public Square Park. Registration is $35 in advance and $40 on race day. For more information or to register, visit http://whatdoyourunfor.com/july-4th-music-city.
• Moss-Wright Park
4 p.m., 745 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville, 615-596-1665. Festivities include food vendors, an activity zone with jousting and a rock climbing wall, fireman’s foam starting at 5 p.m., and live music from the Nashtone’s at 6 p.m. Bring a bathing suit and goggles for the fireman’s foam, which is free and will last for an hour. A wristband for entrance to the activity zone costs $10 and allows access to all activities. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
• Antioch - Independence Day celebration July 3
6 p.m. Wednesday, Global Mall at the Crossings, 5252 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Antioch. Fireworks begin at dusk. Other festivities include food trucks, face painting, and music.
• James E. Ward Agriculture Center
4:30 p.m., 945 E. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, 615-443-2839. The free festivities include live music, watermelon, pony rides, a water slide, classic car show, mechanical bull, zip line and more. Fireworks show starts at 9 p.m.
• Providence Marketplace
4 p.m., 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, 615-773-2298. A different band will perform every hour until 8 p.m. Kids can get their faces painted and more in the kid’s zone, and everyone can stop by the 30-foot video game trailer to play games on the PS3, Xbox 360 and the Wii, all for free. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
• Watertown celebration
6 p.m., Watertown Square and Three Forks Community Park, 615-767-6306. Get wet at the Stars, Stripes and Squirt Guns parade, which goes from Watertown Elementary to the end of East Main Street in Watertown. Fireworks will follow at dusk at Three Forks Community Park. There is a “no-squirt zone” for those wishing to stay dry at this free event.
• Franklin on the Fourth
10 a.m., Historic Downtown Square, 615-591-8514. Franklin moves its July 4 celebration to the downtown square this year, with live music and vendors beginning at 10 a.m. The Children’s Parade begins at 5 p.m., and the fireworks show starts at 8:45 p.m. Entrance to the event is free.
• Eddy Arnold Ampitheater at Crockett Park
7 p.m., 9025 Crockett Road, Brentwood, 615-371-0060. Pack a picnic, grab your blankets and chairs, and head to Crockett Park around 7 p.m. to hear The Kadillacs perform. The fireworks start at 9 p.m. The event is free.
• Nolensville Ball Park
5 p.m., 7250 Nolensville Road, 615-260-2807. Featuring food, inflatables, family games and live music from local artists Mayday Malone, The Back 80 and Annie Rose. The free event starts at 5 p.m. with bands starting at 6 p.m. The fireworks show begins around 9 p.m.
Gallatin Civic Center
6 p.m., 142 Albert Gallatin Ave., Gallatin, 615-451-5961. Local food vendors, a tower of foam and live music from the 129th Army Band and The Garage Band Revival. Fireworks start at dusk. Free event.
• Freedom Festival
5 p.m. Wednesday, Drakes Creek Park, 120 East Main St., Hendersonville, 615-824-2818. Live entertainment, vendors and a kids zone starting at 5 p.m. Entrance to the kids zone costs $5 or $15 for a family of four or more. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
• Americana Independence Day Celebration
Today through Saturday, White House Soccer Complex, 2760 Highway 31W, White House, 615-672-3937. This year White House has combined the Americana Independence Day Celebration with the Summerfest Carnival. The carnival runs July 2-6, with the grand finale on July 6 featuring a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Every day at the carnival will include rides, games and live music. Free admission; armbands are $20 for unlimited rides.
Noon, Pegram Park, off Thompson Road, 615-646-0773. The day starts with a pancake breakfast at Pegram United Methodist Church (across the street from the park) from 6 to 9 a.m., followed by a parade at 10 a.m. Festivities in the park begin at noon and include live music, beauty pageants, inflatables for the kids and games. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. in front of the Fiddle & Pick Building at 456 Highway 70 in Pegram.
• Patriotic Picnic in the Park
6 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park, 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive, La Vergne, 615-207-4678. Missy Garnett and the Two Pack Pistols will perform at 6 p.m., and fireworks begin around 9 p.m.
• Independence Day Celebration
5 p.m. Wednesday, Lee Victory Recreation Park, 110 Sam Ridley Parkway, Smyrna, 615-459-9712. The celebration includes kids’ train rides, a Tennessee Army National Guard Humvee, a rock wall, inflatables, plus the Nance Band and Wildfire performing live music. The Smyrna Fire Department Honor Guard will present the colors at 8:45 p.m., and Mayor Tony Dover will make a special presentation after the national anthem. The fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.
• Celebration Under the Stars
5 p.m., McKnight Park, 120 DeJarnette Lane, Murfreesboro, 615-890-5333. Celebration includes activities for kids, food vendors, live music, a color guard presentation and a performance by the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra. Admission is free and fireworks start at 9 p.m.
7 p.m., Travis Price Park, 4155 Wilkes Road, Springfield, 615-382-1655. The park opens at 7 p.m., with the fireworks show beginning at 9 p.m.
Source [The Tennessean]