Best Places to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in Nashville

Fourth of July fireworks are a tradition acround the country, and Nashville has beautiful displays each year. Here's where to catch the best fireworks shows.

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Best Places to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in Nashville

Posted by Gary Ashton RE/MAX on Monday, June 21st, 2021 at 8:40am.

The Best Places to Watch Nashville Fireworks

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, and 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 viewing them is a favorite activity for everyone.

Read on to discover 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. 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.

Riverfront Park

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.

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 to get to the park early in the day and spend most of their Independence Day enjoying the food, drinks, and good company while saving a spot for the fireworks show that occurs at dusk.

Downtown Condos

If you’re one of the coveted few who call a Nashville luxury condominium home—or you know someone who does—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.

Due to the introduction of some additional hotels and buildings, some even better places to view fireworks 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 probably has the best view of all from its rooftop bar.

The Cumberland River

To truly feel a part of the Nashville fireworks display, those who enjoy the water can actually head onto the river onboard their personal boats. A zone on the river between the Shelby Bridge and Woodland Bridge 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.

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.)

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. Although just about every city and town in Middle Tennessee has something going on this July 4th weekend, here’s a quick look at what’s on our radar:

Let Freedom Sing! July 4th in Music City

July 4th in Nashville is all about Let Freedom Sing! This year's line-up may be the best ever and should provide an awesome experience for all attendees. Brad Paisley is the headliner at the 2021 Let Freedom Sing event, while other artists include Lilly Hiatt, Elijah Reginald Wooten, Priscilla Block, 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 throughout the Nashville area. Look for the downtown fireworks to start somewhere around 9:30 p.m.

Nashville's 4th of July Weekend Rose & Music Festival

Rose wine, beer from local breweries, great food options, live bands, vocalists and DJs, games, and photo ops are just a few of the reasons to be at Nashville's 4th of July weekend that begins Saturday, July 3, 2021. One or two-day tickets are available with various options, and both general admission and VIP tickets include a souvenir wine glass. Proceeds from the event benefit Feed Nashville, helping local musicians and hospitality workers. 

Acme 4th of July

The rooftop of Acme Feed & Seed at 101 Broadway becomes "Party Central" for the Fourth of July, with not only great food and plenty of cool drinks but a perfect vantage point to watch the fireworks show over the Cumberland River. Purchase VIP tickets that allow access beginning at 6 p.m. and promise menu treats created by Acme Head Chef Jeremy Wyatt. A live DJ will be there for an evening of fun, rain or shine. Space is limited and first come-first served, so get your tickets in advance and go early to snag a great seat.

Red, White & Boom

Be creative this year and experience a whole evening of events, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at Adventure Science Center—including hands-on outdoor activities and science shows and after-hours admission to the planetarium (at additional cost). Then, at around 9:30, settle in on the lawn or head for the rooftop to see the fireworks over the river and watch a live feed of the synchronized Nashville Symphony performance. Seating is limited, so get your tickets early.

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 occurred 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 occurred 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.)

Enjoy the Fourth of July in Nashville!

A lot has changed since the country was founded at the end of the 18th century, but people still find a fireworks show 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. Choose any spot from this list for an unforgettable fireworks display in Music City.


Gary Ashton

The Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Advantage

The #1 Real Estate Team in Tennessee and #2 RE/MAX team in the World!

1 Response to "Best Places to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in Nashville"

Elton wrote: I was standing in the middle of Broadway at 4th ave and could see very little of the show it was more toward the capital this year there where thousands of people on broad all the way up to 8 th and got to see very little of the show normally broad is a great place to watch does anyone know why they moved the shoe site

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