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S&EN Fourth of July weekend recommendations

Any weekend is a fun one in Nashville, but with it being Fourth of July weekend, you can be certain it’s going to be especially exciting. Whether you choose to indulge in the amazing Hot Chicken Festival or revel in the festivities downtown, there is plenty going on to commemorate America’s birthday. See what we recommend.


Music City Hot Chicken Festival

 Did someone say free hot chicken? With the Fourth of July weekend comes a truly special tradition in Nashville in the form of the Music City Hot Chicken Festival. Combined with America’s oldest tradition, the Hot Chicken Festival brings together some of Nashville’s best hot chicken eateries including Prince’s Hot Chicken, Hatti B’s, Pepperfire and more offering free samples to the lucky first 500 people in line (vendors will also be selling full meals). The festival kicks off with a Fire Truck Parade at 10:30am featuring antique fire trucks and other festive elements. Additional local vendors that will be on hand include beer from Yazoo Brewery, Retro Sno, Otaku South, Porter Road Butcher and several more.

When: Mon., July 4, 10am

Where: East Park (700 Woodland St.)

Admission: Free


Let Freedom Sing! July 4 in Music City

 At a Fourth of July party in Music City, you know there’s going to be some amazing musicians taking part and this year is no exception. Downtown Nashville will come alive with a stunning fireworks display and the backdrop of spirited music from the likes of Sheryl Crow, country duo Maddie & Tae, Andrew Combs and more, in addition to the Nashville Symphony who will play as the fireworks display lights up the Nashville sky.

When: Mon., July 4, 5pm

Where: Ascend Ampitheater and Riverfront Park (stages at both locations)

Admission: Free


The Nashville Symphony Celebrates America

 What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday than with our beloved Nashville Symphony. Performing American classics that are perfect for our nation’s birthday include the “1812 Overture,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “American Salute” and more. Plus, local food trucks Et Volia Bistro & Bakery and Bradley’s Creamery will be on hand at Symphony Place to provide refreshments during the festivities. It’ll be the perfect Nashville 4th of July celebration!

When: Sun., July 3, 7pm

Where: Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Admission: $22 – $44


The Thirth of July

Come honor America’s 240th birthday East Nashville style at the cleverly-named Thirth of July celebration. Great food from G’z Bbq and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream will be available for purchase, along with fabulous brews from Yazoo Brewing Company. Some of the great live music you’ll hear includes The Mavericks, Thee Phantom 5ive, Rod Picott, vinyl spins from DJ Rutherford Beat Hayes and more. Early bird tickets include all-you-can-drink beer. It’ll be a summer block party you won’t want to miss!

When: Sun., July 3, 2pm

Where: 404 North 12th St.

Admission: $30 in advance, $40 at door