The 4th of July is the Nation’s day to reflect on our freedom. It was a long time coming, and took a concerted effort of many dedicated men and women to bring it to fruition. Rev. Brian Fesler of the Church of Scientology says, “This day brings the entire community together in solidarity, as we reflect on the freedoms we have and look at what it took to get here.” The Church of Scientology celebrates each year with a community barbecue.
Celebrations occur across the Nashville region under the banner: Let Freedom Sing! The largest gathering will be taking place along Riverfront Park with a free concert before the fireworks show. Martina McBride, Mikky Ekko and the Nashville Symphony are set to headline outdoor performances. The fireworks show itself is set to be the largest in the nation, according to a Tennessean article from June 30. Festivities usually begin downtown at around noon and go on throughout the day, with the city's annual fireworks show normally beginning at around 9:30pm.
Celebrations for this occasion are all across Middle Tennessee. Pegram begins its day at 6 AM with a pancake breakfast, then goes into festivities including a parade, live music, a pageant, photo scavenger hunt and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. There will be a 5K/10K to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project in Public Square Park beginning at 8 AM on July 4th. The annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival will take place in East Park at 700 Woodland St. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In Brentwood, there is a fireworks display after a concert at Crockett Park, and the city of Franklin does it with “Franklin on the Fourth,” which offers fun for all the family, children's activities, food, musical entertainment and a huge fireworks show.
For more information about 4th of July celebrations, go to nashvillelife.com.