July 4th

July 4th Fun Facts

Get the facts on Nashville's July 4th Celebration and details about music, fireworks, and more.

The Event
Brad Paisley - July 4, 2021

Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th presented by Dr Pepper will feature CMA and ACM “Group of the Year” Old Dominion headlining during the free concert on Lower Broadway. The event will feature the biggest fireworks show in Nashville history with the pyrotechnics synchronized to a live performance by the GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony. GRAMMY-winning reggae artist Gramps Morgan, country-pop-punk singer-songwriter Cassadee Pope and country’s Levi Hummon will be part of the diverse concert lineup. A total of 17 Nashville-based artists will be featured on the Jack Daniel’s Broadway Stage and at the Amazon Family Fun Zone at Music City Walk of Fame Park, which will include free inflatables, games, and other kid-friendly activities.

The Jack Daniel’s Broadway Stage will be located at First and Broadway. After the concert, the event will shift to Ascend Amphitheater for the live performance by the Nashville Symphony and the fireworks show. Media personality Kelly Sutton will host both stages, Wendy Moten of The Voice will sing the national anthem, Operation Song will perform and Coach (DJ) will entertain between sets. CMT will nationally broadcast a portion of the concert and the entirety of the fireworks show. The fireworks also will be streamed on visitmusiccity.com/july4th.

Performances at the Amazon Family Fun Zone on July 3 for Prelude to the 4th will include Troubadour BlueCraig Duncan & FriendsLes Kerr & The Bayou BandThe WoodsJesse Labelle and Emily Earle, along with DJ Dave Audé. On July 4, performances will include SanRafaelBandJoe West BandJenny TolmanNick Howard, and Jeverson, along with DJ Rod Youree. Labelle was the winner of the Nashville Needs a Song songwriting competition, a joint initiative in 2020 of the Mayor’s Office, NCVC, and Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th presented by Dr Pepper is a free, family-friendly event created to entertain Nashvillians and attract visitors to generate economic activity and tax revenue for the city. The event has regularly drawn more than 200,000 attendees – and a record-breaking 350,000 in 2021. Last year’s event generated $14.7 million. This will be the 19th annual celebration produced by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and the 38th in the city.

Information booths will be located at Walk of Fame Park and at Fourth and Broadway. Merchandise will be for sale at the Visitor Information Center in the glass tower at Bridgestone Arena tower, at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza, at the Music City Shop at Fifth + Broadway, and a merchandise trailer on Broadway near Fourth. The Advance Financial Photo Frame will be at Third and Broadway.

Fireworks
2021 July 4th Package
  • More aerial shells will be part of the fireworks show than ever before in Nashville history.
  • At precisely 31 minutes and 30 seconds, it will be the longest show ever in Nashville.
  • There will be four major positions, and the show will cover a large air space above the Cumberland River.
  • There will be more than 1,000 floating flares and special ghost shells as part of the show.
  • The show’s finale will be the most powerful in Nashville history with more salutes of loud boomer shells than ever before.
  • There will be 40,000 pounds of explosives and 200 miles of wire used.
  • Sixteen flatbed trailers mounted with fireworks will be used.
  • Some 40,000 pounds of sand will be used to bury the largest shells.
  • Twenty technicians from Pyro Shows will set up the show over the course of 11 days.
  • There will be eight pyrotechnicians in a steel bunker located at Nissan Stadium firing all of the shells synchronized to the Nashville Symphony performance.
  • The Symphony will play a mix of patriotic tunes and popular music, including fan favorites from Star Wars, and providing new music that will be played for the first time.
Fireworks Viewing
July 4th 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 4th event campus:

  • Lower Broadway
  • Ascend Amphitheater
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge
  • Riverfront Park
  • The Green at Riverfront Park
  • Public Square Park
  • Music City Walk of Fame Park

Audio will be available on Broadway from First Avenue to Sixth Avenue, Walk of Fame Park, Riverfront Park, The Green at Riverfront Park, Gay Street Connector and Public Square Park.  Video screens will be placed at the Jack Daniel’s Broadway Stage and at Ascend Amphitheater. Those sitting in Ascend Amphitheater will be able to watch the Broadway Stage concert on a screen, while those on Broadway will be able to watch the Nashville Symphony performance on two onstage screens. Additionally, video screens will be located on Broadway, at Riverfront Park, at The Green at Riverfront Park and Walk of Fame Park.

Note: John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge and the Woodland Street Bridge will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians at 8:00PM. They will reopen following the event at the discretion of Metro Nashville Police Department.

Event Production
July 4th Crowd
  • Broadway stage spans 4,800 square feet, and the stage at Ascend Amphitheater is 2,400 square feet.
  • Number of production trucks: 45
  • Lighting fixtures used at both stages: 250
  • Audio speakers: 243
  • Miles of fiber optic video cable: 5 miles
  • Number of cable ramps: 1,000
  • Number of production crew/staff: More than 200 on the busiest day
Livestreaming

Starting at 9:29pm, the Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th event and fireworks show will be livestreamed on visitmusiccity.com/july4th.

Partners & Sponsors

Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th is presented by Dr Pepper and partners including Amazon, Advance Financial, Budweiser, Dr Pepper Zero, Folds of Honor Tennessee, General Jackson Showboat, Jack Daniel’s, Kroger, Nashville International Airport, Pure Kick, SLIQ® Spirited Ice, SoundWaves™ at Gaylord Opryland®, Wyler’s Light, Tennessee Highway Safety Office: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, 103.3 Country, 95.5 Nash Icon, and The Big 98 (WSIX-FM).

Sponsor activations will take place from noon to 7pm.

Advance Financial
Snap a photo at the Advance Financial Photo Frame located at Third and Broadway.

Budweiser
Visit the Budweiser Macro Bar located at The Green behind Ascend Amphitheater, a great place to relax and enjoy the day.

Dr Pepper
Don’t miss the Dr Pepper Football Toss and sample Dr Pepper Dark Berry and Dr Pepper Dark Berry Zero – back for a limited time! They will also have other fun games, giveaways, and plenty of Adirondack chairs to relax at the Amazon Family Fun Zone.

Folds of Honor Tennessee
Visit Folds of Honor Tennessee in the Amazon Family Fun Zone, where they will have an array of merchandise for sale, including baseball jerseys, T-shirts, water bottles, and hats. Folds of Honor helps fund scholarships nationwide for the families of fallen and disabled military heroes.

Jack Daniel’s
Don’t miss the Jack Daniel’s Trailer featuring your favorite Jack Daniel’s drinks located on Broadway near Rep. John Lewis Way. Stop by the Jack Daniel’s Airstreams located at Second and Broadway and Fourth and Broadway. Live Freely Drink Responsibly.  Drop by for a photo at the Jack Daniel’s booth located near Rep. John Lewis Way.

SLIQ
Visit the SLIQ Spirited Ice Tent to play the SLIQ DISQ game for a chance to win a free pop koozie, perfect for keeping your SLIQ frozen cocktail cool during the festivities!

Wyler’s Light
Cool off at the Wyler’s Light and Pure Kick Hydration Stations. The misting tents and water stations are located throughout the event site. You can also flavor your water by grabbing a FREE sample of Wyler’s Light Singles To Go or Pure Kick Hydration Drink Mix Sticks at select beverage stations throughout the event site and the information booths, which will be located at Walk of Fame Park and at Fourth and Broadway.

Tennessee Highway Safety Office - Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk
The Tennessee Highway Safety Office reminds everyone to plan ahead and find a sober ride home this Independence Day. Remember: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development: Soundtrack of America
The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development will have hand fans at the information booths, which will be located at the Walk of Fame Park and at Fourth and Broadway.

WSIX The Big 98
Stop by the Big 98 (WSIX-FM) tent, located off Rep. John Lewis Way, for Big 98 swag and various tickets.

Guidelines, Weather Safety, and Security Procedures

The city’s annual free July 4 concert and fireworks show is expected to draw a record crowd and to ensure maximum safety for attendees, backpacks and coolers will not be permitted. Attendees are encouraged to pack smart, stay hydrated and bring refillable water bottles to fill at three free water stations. In addition, five misting stations will be stationed around the event site to help eventgoers stay cool throughout the day. First-aid tents will be located throughout the event site. Attendees are encouraged to pack sunscreen, hats, visors, and sunglasses to help fight the heat.

There will be eight first aid locations with personnel from Vanderbilt Event Medical with Metro EMS.

Attendees should expect walk-through magnetometers and wanding. All personal items are subject to searches.

Parking & Transportation

Whatever your means of transportation is, make your way to Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th. If you're driving, find the best place to park. If you're riding, find the best way to get to downtown Nashville.

Social Media and Stroll App

#NashvilleJuly4 & @VisitMusicCity
The official hashtag for the 2022 Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th is #NashvilleJuly4. Please use this hashtag in all social media posts about the event and follow along to join the conversation.

Follow us on social media for event updates, information, and answers to your #NashvilleJuly4 questions:
Twitter: @VisitMusicCity – twitter.com/visitmusiccity
Instagram: @VisitMusicCity – instagram.com/visitmusiccity
Facebook: Visit Music City – facebook.com/nashvillemusiccity/

The Bands on Social Media
#NashvilleJuly4 bands, emcees, and venue can be found on Twitter at:
@NashvilleSymph; @OldDominion; @GrampsMorgan; @CassadeePope; @LeviHummon; @TheKellySutton

The Advance Financial Picture Frame will be located on Broadway near Third Avenue. Take your photo in the frame and post on social media with the #NashvilleJuly4 tag and @VisitMusicCity.