July 4th Frequently Asked Questions
Chris Young, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jonny P, The Sisterhood, and the Nashville Symphony will play free concerts on the 4th of July. See visitmusiccity.com/july4th/july4th_music for more information on these musicians.
When does it start?
The main event, Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th starts at 12pm on July 4th.
Where is it all happening?
The event is taking place throughout Downtown Nashville. There will be a stage located at Fifth Avenue and Broadway hosting live music from Chris Young, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jonny P, and The Sisterhood. The Nashville Symphony will perform at Ascend Amphitheater during the fireworks spectacular. Food, drink, and merchandise vendors will be spread throughout the event site. Please reference the schedule (at visitmusiccity.com/july4th_schedule) to see when the bands will play, and the map (at visitmusiccity.com/july4th_map) for food & drink locations.
What's the best way to get downtown for this event?
Please see visitmusiccity.com/july4th/july4th_parkingtranspo for transportation options to and from the event.
Where's the best place to see the fireworks?
For those primarily interested in watching the fireworks, they are encouraged to go to the following locations that are part of the city’s July 4 event campus:
• Lower Broadway – large video screens to watch the live music
• Ascend Amphitheater - large video screens & the Nashville Symphony
• The Green at Riverfront Park – large video screens to watch the live music
• Music City Walk of Fame Park - large video screen to watch the live music
Non-sponsored fireworks viewing areas that are not part of the event campus include the following (these sites do not have event site restrictions, which means coolers and backpacks for those wishing to picnic are permissible):
• Public Square Park
If I want to drive, where do I park?
Vehicle parking will be available for $10 at Nissan Stadium in Lots A, B, C and D; $10 at the Metro Courthouse Garage; $13 at Nashville Public Library Downtown; and $15 at the Music City Center. To locate other available parking downtown, visit www.parkitdowntown.com. See visitmusiccity.com/july4th/july4th_parkingtranspo for more information on parking and transportation for the event.
Is it family-friendly?
Of course! Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th is a family affair. The free Family Fun Zone is loaded with inflatables, games, and other kid-friendly activities.
Is there a place to charge my phone?
Yes! There will be a phone charger station at the Information Booth located at Fifth Avenue and Broadway. It will be open until 7pm.
Where is the ADA seating?
ADA seating is available at Riverfront Park near the center, near the Court of Flags, Broadway between Fourth & Fifth Avenues, and at Ascend Amphitheater. View a map of these locations.
What if I have questions and need help from a friendly face?
Make your way to our Information Booths located at the Court of Flags near the corner of First and Broadway, and located in Music City Walk of Fame Park along Fifth Avenue. There you will be greeted by a friendly face ready to answer your questions. View a map of these locations.
Is there a lost and found?
Lost & Found will be at the Visitor Center at Bridgestone Arena. Items found will be placed at Bridgestone Arena on July 5th. You can call 615-259-4747 or visit during regular business hours, Monday-Saturday 8am-5:30pm and Sunday 10am-5pm.
Can I reserve a space?
Reserving a space is on a first-come, first-served basis, so plan to arrive early if you'd like to get a space. Attendees are welcome to reserve spots with blankets, etc, but someone in the group must stay at the space. Just like at an airport, unattended items will be taken up and removed. Inserting stakes, poles or any other objects into the ground, or use of ropes, cords, tape, etc. is prohibited to reserve space. Spaces are not formally reserved. Please see the House Rules for a list of what is and is not permitted at: visitmusiccity.com/july4th_houserules.
Will the bridges be open during the fireworks?
For the safety of everyone, Woodland Street Bridge and the John Seigenthaler Bridge will close near the fireworks show and will reopen after it's finished.
Can I get an official event t-shirt?
YES! The official Music City July 4th t-shirt and koozie will be available for purchase at Third and Broadway, and along Fifth Avenue near Music City Walk of Fame Park. Also, you can pick up the official Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th koozie at any beer stand.
Is there an official event hashtag?
YES! It's #NashvilleJuly4. Use #NashvilleJuly4 to join the conversation about the biggest and best 4th of July party around. Your picture just might be featured on the big screens and included in our #NashvilleJuly4 photo gallery! Check out visitmusiccity.com/july4th_social for details on official social media for the 4th of July.
I want to brag all over social media about all the fun I'm having at #NashvilleJuly4. Is there free wifi downtown that I can use?
YES! Connect to the free Nashville WiFi network!
What if it rains?
A little rain can't stop a Nashville party! We will be watching the weather very closely and will make decisions accordingly to keep our guests safe. This website will be updated as necessary and we will be offering up-to-the-minute information via social media. Start following @VisitMusicCity now on Twitter.
Will there be food and drinks available for purchase?
Yes, food and beverage vendors will be on location. View a map of these locations.
Can I bring a cooler or backpack into the event?
Coolers and backpacks are not permitted into the official event site. Non-sponsored fireworks viewing area that is not part of the event campus include the following (these sites do not have event site restrictions, which means coolers and backpacks for those wishing to picnic are permissible):
• Public Square Park
Can I bring my umbrella to shade me from the sun?
Handheld, personal-sized umbrellas (up to 36") will be permitted as space allows unless it obstructs the view of other patrons. No beach or pole-style umbrellas are allowed.
If I leave, can I come back into the event?
Yes, this event is free and open to the public to enjoy.
Can I bring my pet?
Only service animals are permitted on the event site.
Will my personal items be searched?
All personal items are subject to search. Random searches will occur.
Can I take pictures or video at the festival?
Personal cameras are permitted. Any person intending to photograph, video or record any musical act on the stages of the event for professional or commercial use needs to be credentialed. To do so, please contact Bonna Johnson at email@example.com. There are no limitations on photography for other aspects of the event in the public areas. All photographers do need to abide by the house rules concerning permitted bag size – no larger than 16”x10”x 4” – and tripods should not obstruct the view of others.
Are there ATMs?
There are ATMs. You can find them on Broadway (at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Trail West Boots, Margaritaville, Bootleggers Inn, and Robert's Western World. At First Avenue (at Acme Feed & Seed). Along Second Avenue (at The George Jones, Cotton Eyed Joes, and El Rey). On Third Avenue (at the Baker Donelson Building and Pinnacle Building). And on 4th Avenue (at the BellSouth Building, Regions Building, and SunTrust Building). View a map of these locations.
What personal items will I be prohibited from bringing into the festival?
Patrons may not enter the venue with alcoholic beverages (only alcoholic beverages purchased from a designated official event vendor are allowed on site), illegal drugs, fireworks, laser pointers, weapons, or dangerous devices of any type. No wagons or pull-carts. No drones or other remote controlled aerial devices. No unauthorized personal transport devices including bicycles, roller blades, skateboards, hover boards Segways, golf carts, mopeds, etc. are permitted without event credentials. No Unauthorized Amplification Devices Permitted Which Disrupt Event Production, including handheld megaphones. Pop-up tents are not permitted. Handheld personal-sized umbrellas (up to 36") are allowed. No performances or demonstrations of any type unless previously authorized by event (event credentials required). Collapsible chairs are permitted everywhere except Ascend Amphitheater. View visitmusiccity.com/july4th/july4th_houserules for a full list of permitted and prohibited items.
Where can I find First Aid?
Public First Aid Tents are located at Ascend Amphitheater, Court of Flags near the Train Station, Gay Street (under the Woodland Street Bridge), Second Avenue (South of Commerce), Third Avenue Corner of Symphony Place, 4th Avenue North, Music City Walk of Fame Park, and Broadway at 7th Avenue. View a map of these locations.
Can I bring my own products to sell or promote?
Unauthorized vending and solicitation is prohibited throughout the event site.
What if I can't make it to downtown Nashville this year? Can I watch the fireworks from home?
YES! You can watch a livestream of the fireworks online at visitmusiccity.com/july4th beginning at (approx.) 9:10pm.
WKRN-News 2 will begin broadcasting at 9pm so viewers at home can watch on TV. Not only that, but you can tune into Nash Icon 95.5 as they broadcast the performances of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Chris Young, and the Nashville Symphony. You can see when they perform by viewing our schedule at: visitmusiccity.com/july4th_schedule.
Can I drive a personal watercraft down the Cumberland to watch the fireworks?
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reported that Old Hickory Lock WILL be open on July 4. Please see this map for more information.
Who can I contact if I have any additional questions?
You can contact the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp by calling 800-657-6910 or 615-259-4730, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or contacting @VisitMusicCity via Twitter.