Each year on the 4th of July, the annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival is held at East Park at 700 Woodland Street. Many gather to come experience the Nashville Hot Chicken hype from some of Nashville’s most renowned hot chicken establishments. This FREE event hosts a Fire Truck Parade, has an amateur Hot Chicken making contest, and has live music from local bands playing all day long. The parade starts at 10:30am followed by FREE hot chicken samples to the first 500 people in line and the festival gates will open at 11:00am. The festival will end at 3:00pm so that people can make their way downtown for the Let Freedom Sing! Nashville Spectacular Fireworks Show.
Let Freedom Sing!
There is no better way to celebrate our country’s independence than in the heart of Music City with FREE live music and one of the best firework shows in America! Let Freedom Sing! has been delivering one of the best 4th of July parties for a few years, and each year it gets better and better. It is a day in Downtown Nashville filled with family fun, live music, great food and the best part- it’s all FREE! There will be two stages this year, the Jack Daniel’s Stage at Ascend Amphitheater and the Music City Stage at the Green at Riverfront Park. This year’s performances will be from Sheryl Crow, Maddie & Tae, Erin McCarley, Andrew Combs and more. Get all of the information you need here.
World’s Largest Square Dance
This year at the kick-off for the 39th annual Uncle Dave’s Macon Days Festival, a free event to hopefully become the “Largest Square Dance” in the Guinness Book of World Records will be held in Murfreesboro at the Public Square at 6:30pm Thursday, July 7th. Marcia Campbell from the Grand Ole Opry Dancers and WSM 650 will be in attendance to help get things started. Even though the square dance is the official dance of the state of Tennessee, the world record is now held in Illinois. So come out and help the Murfreesboro/Nashville area beat that world record! Find out more here.
Red, White & Zoo
This year will be the 2nd annual Red, White & Zoo event at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere on Monday, July 8th from 7:00-10:00pm. This is an adult-only, 21-and-up event so make sure to get a sitter for the kids and enjoy a night out wandering the zoo’s exotic exhibits all while sipping on wine samples from around the world. There will be live music, food venders and plenty of animal encounters all over the park to get the full zoo experience! Make sure to get your tickets here.
Jazz on the Cumberland
The Jazz on the Cumberland is a summer concert series that only happens once a month during May-October. This month’s is on Sunday, July 17th and will be featuring the Dara Tucker Band. This is a FREE family friendly event at Cumberland park so feel free to bring your blankets and your lawn chairs and just sit back, relax and enjoy some of the best local, regional and national jazz artists. Food trucks and concessions will be available and there is $5 parking at LP Field in Lot R.