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This year, Independence Day falls on a Thursday, which means that the festivities will last all weekend long. If you happen to be in Nashville, you're in luck! There are so many events to choose from, you just can't go wrong.
The Thirth- Every year on the "Thirth" of July, East Nashville shuts down for a block party of national proportions. A $15 cover charge gets you access to bands, beer, and plenty of neighborly fun. (Wednesday, July 3rd, from 5 p.m. to midnight)
Hot Chicken Festival - Every year on July 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nashville hosts the Music City Hot Chicken Festival. Though some years, the temperatures rival the chicken in terms of heat, you can bet on leaving the festival having sweat through at least one layer of clothing. If you can't make it to the festival, make sure to try some hot chicken while you're in Nashville.
Riverfront July 4th Celebration - Free to the public and open all day, Nashville's downtown events will start at 7 p.m., with music featuring Keb' Mo', and the Band Perry. The 26-minute fireworks display, accompanied by a performance by the Nashville Symphony is scheduled for 9:50 p.m., and will light up 14,000 lbs of fireworks over the Cumberland River.
July 4th 5k and 10 to Support the Salvation Army- Before you head out to a barbeque, burn a few calories for a good cause with the Music City July 4th 5k and 10k. Starting at 7:30 a.m., the racecourse traverses Nashville's downtown area, and crosses the Cumberland River twice.