Fireworks are a quintessential American celebration, and have long been used to commemorate the Fourth of July. In Nashville, Independence Day is quite the holiday. The city boasts one of the largest fireworks displays in the entire country. The fireworks are set off in Downtown Nashville, over the river, and are a favorite activity of people both young and old.
These are some of the best places to watch the famous Fourth of July fireworks in Nashville:
The Best Places to Watch Fireworks in Nashville
If you’ve ever seen one of Nashville’s Fourth of July fireworks extravaganzas, you know it’s a truly amazing experience. This year’s display will be the biggest in the city’s history, lasting 27 minutes and filling the downtown sky with more than 30,000 pops of color. And it wouldn’t be Music City without a soundtrack, which is why the entire display is set to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony.
Witnessing this breathtaking event is a no-brainer, but finding just the right spot to take it all in can be a little tricky. Below are some of the best places to experience Music City’s Independence Day fireworks spectacular.
Do you like being in the middle of the action? Then Riverfront Park is the place for you. Besides providing a front-row seat for the fireworks, the park is also just feet from other Fourth of July events earlier in the day: the free Family Fun Zone at Fifth Avenue and Broadway featuring games and inflatables for kids (noon–5 p.m.); musical performances at Bridgestone Arena Plaza (1–5 p.m.); and concerts by Billy Currington, Ashley Monroe and Striking Matches at the Jack Daniel’s Main Stage at First Avenue and Broadway (6:30–9:45 p.m.).
Riverfront Park is the epicenter of the Fourth of July celebrations in Nashville. That being said, it's also one of the most popular places to watch the fireworks show on the Fourth of July. Those who want to get the best seat in town should plan on getting to the park early in the day, and spending most of their Independence Day enjoying the food, drinks and good company while saving a spot for the fireworks show that occurs at dusk.
Adventure Science Center
If you’d rather not fight traffic or deal with parking downtown, consider Red, White & Boom at Adventure Science Center. Enjoy an unobstructed view of the fireworks from the museum’s rooftop or lawn and listen to the Nashville Symphony’s performance via a live feed. Seating is limited, so buy your tickets now.
If you’re one of the coveted few who call a Nashville luxury condominium home—or you have a friend or family member who is—then look no further for the perfect place to watch. High-rises like the Viridian in the downtown core, the Rhythm and Adelicia in Midtown, the Encore in SoBro, and the Icon and Terrazzo in the Gulch provide impressive panoramic views from their rooftop terraces, pool decks and private balconies. These properties offer a comfortable, intimate viewing experience that is second to none. Note, since the introduction of some additional hotels and buildings there are some even better places to view that have actually impacted some other buildings. For instance, the Westin has now obscured some of the fireworks show from the Icon, but the new Thompson Hotel has probably the best view of all from its roof top bar.
Family Fun Zone at Music City Walk of Fame Park
Families with young children can find the perfect place to enjoy the fireworks at the Family Fun Zone at Music City Walk of Fame Park. Beginning around the lunch hour, this area is filled with bounce houses, rock climbing walls and water slides for kids to enjoy. As the day goes on, there are giant screens available to watch both the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the fireworks show over the river. This is the ideal place to combine kid-friendly entertainment with a safe and comfortable spot to watch the fireworks.
The Cumberland River
To truly feel a part of the Nashville fireworks display, those who enjoy the water can actually head onto the river on board their personal boats. There is a zone on the river between the Shelby Bridge and Woodland Bridge that is closed to boat traffic during the fireworks show as a safety precaution. However, cruising around that zone on the river is still allowed. There's even a large boat that sells tickets for those who want to enjoy a fireworks cruise.
Atop City Parking Garages
Revelers don't always need a fancy party or a jam-packed amphitheater to enjoy the greatest fireworks display in the state. Many Nashville natives simply drive to the top of the towering parking garages within the city, and grab a spot early in the evening. From the top of these buildings, there's an uninterrupted view of the skyline as well as the fireworks, and it's a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday.
Each year on the Fourth of July, Ascend Amphitheatre hosts the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra plays patriotic tunes that synchronize with the fireworks show that is taking place at the same time. Those who want a Fourth of July experience that is unlike any other will want to arrive early at Ascend Amphitheatre to get a seat for the show. Live video screens will broadcast the fireworks as the symphony plays throughout the evening.
Take to the water for a different perspective. Watching the show from a boat is a unique and relaxing way to enjoy the display, with the added bonus of seeing the colorful fireworks reflected in the river. If you don’t have access to a personal watercraft, the General Jackson offers a Fourth of July Celebration evening cruise. If you’re setting sail on your own, be aware that the river is off-limits between the Shelby and Woodland street bridges during the fireworks for safety reasons.
Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge
Spanning the Cumberland River between East Nashville and downtown, the pedestrian bridge is arguably as picture-worthy as the fireworks themselves. The view from the bridge is tremendous … and so is the number of people trying to get it. Be prepared for a crowd.
East Park: 700 Woodland Street
In addition to escaping the downtown masses, watching from the river’s east bank allows you to enjoy the fireworks with Nashville’s iconic skyline as the backdrop. Head to East Park earlier in the day for the Hot Chicken Festival, an annual celebration of Nashville’s one-of-a-kind spicy specialty. (Note: Cumberland Park, located at 592 South First Street, is another great place to catch the show from the East Side.)
Music City’s July 4th: Let Freedom Sing fireworks display starts at 9:45 p.m. on Friday, July 4, 2014.
From all of us at The Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Advantage, have a safe and happy Independence Day!
The Best Fourth of July Events in Nashville
Although every day may seem like a party when you live in Music City, the Fourth of July is one of the best days of the year here in Nashville. Every year, the city puts on quite the line-up of fun-filled events and festivities that take place all day long, and this year is certainly no different. And although just about every city and town in Middle Tennessee has something going on this July 4th weekend, here’s quick look at what’s on our radar:
Thirth of July - Sunday July 3rd
An East Nashville tradition, the Thirth of July is one of our favorite summertime events in Nashville and one of the biggest block parties in town. Each year, the neighborhood shuts down 12th Street between Ordway & Calvin and brings in awesome live music, tons of good food and drinks, and of course plenty of other entertainment to keep you busy all day long. Early bird tickets are $30 and $40 at the gate, which is well worth the price if you’ve never been.
Let Freedom Sing! July 4th in Music City
A two-day event that features 3 stages and 15 different bands, July 4th in Nashville is all about Let Freedom Sing! The line-up this year may be the best ever and the new location at Ascend Amphitheater and The Green at Riverfront Park should provide an awesome experience for all attendees. Sheryl Crow is the headliner at the 2016 Let Freedom Sing event, while other artists include Maddie & Tae, Rayland Baxter, Erin McCarley, and the Nashville Symphony.
Music City July 4th 5K/10K
If you like to run and stay active, why not kick off your holiday with the Music City July 4th 5K/10K race? Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of age or fitness level and there’s no better way to start the day than with a nice pleasant run through the streets of downtown Nashville. Participants will also receive a free t-shirt and finisher's medal once crossing the finish line.
Nashville July 4th Celebration & Fireworks
Of course you can’t celebrate the 4th of July without a spectacular fireworks show, and boy does Nashville really bring it when it comes to this category. Routinely voted as having one of the best fireworks displays in the country, be sure to stick around for the 30-minute show that will cap off a full day of great events and festivities all throughout the Nashville area. Look for the downtown fireworks to start somewhere around 9:30 p.m.
Did You Know...
- Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.
- The first public Fourth of July event at the White House occured in 1804.
- On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress, looking to promote national pride and unity, adopted the national flag.
- The first Independence Day celebration west of the Mississippi occured at Independence Creek and was celebrated by Lewis and Clark in 1805.
- The Liberty Bell sounded from the tower of Independence Hall on July 8, 1776, summoning citizens to gather for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.
- Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, died on Independence Day, July 4, 1826.
- In 1941, Congress declared July 4 a federal legal holiday.
- The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not sign at the same time, nor did they sign on July 4, 1776. The official event occurred on August 2, 1776, when 50 men signed it. Later that year, five more signed separately and one added his name in a later year. Thomas McKean was the last to sign in January, 1777.
- The origin of Uncle Sam probably began in 1812, when Samuel Wilson was a meat packer who provided meat to the US Army. The meat shipments were stamped with the initials, U.S. Someone joked that the initials stood for "Uncle Sam". This joke eventually led to the idea of Uncle Sam symbolizing the United States government.
- Benjamin Franklin, John Adams & Thomas Jefferson served on the committee that picked the eagle for the national seal (Franklin wanted the turkey.)
A lot has changed since the country was founded at the end of the 18th century, but people still find a fireworks show to be a glorious, awe-inspiring display. The Nashville fireworks are notorious for being bigger and better than many typical shows around the country, so getting a good spot to watch them is worth the effort. To learn more about the best ways to celebrate every holiday in Nashville, contact an experienced real estate agent today.
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