Thursday, June 30

Celebrate July 4th Weekend in Music City

It's that time of year again, the 4th of July!  A holiday all about celebrating our amazing American freedom.

I'm so glad we signed the Declaration of Independence during the summer season because that means we can celebrate while enjoying sunshine, swimming, food, friends and fireworks!  Nashville has a lot going on this weekend, so get ready to plan your perfect holiday.

Saturday afternoon is the last Musician's Corner until their fall season begins.  Don't miss out on sitting in Centennial Park under the oak trees on your picnic blanket.  The music plays from 3-6 PM featuring amazing artists Drew and Ellie Holcomb, Mockingbyrd, Emily Deloach, HummingHouse, Kristen Rogers, Robby Hecht and Nathanael Mehrens.

Then Saturday night is the Downtown Art Crawl and the Printer's Alley Block Party.  Mayor Karl Dean is even making an appearance at The Rymer Gallery from 7-8:30 PM, so bring your cameras and autograph book!  One time I was in his office for a meeting and noticed he has local artwork hanging all up and down the hallways.  I was very impressed with his collection.

Sunday afternoon would be a great time to check out the Frist Center for the Visual Arts new exhibit featuring works by Andy Warhol, called "Warhol Live, Music and Dance in Andy Warhol's Work".  I've heard it is AMAZING!!  Then Sunday night at Riverfront Park there is a Prelude to the 4th with concerts starting at 6 PM and fireworks starting at 9:30 PM.

Now it's time to enjoy that day off work and celebrate!!  Sleep in, cook out and do whatever it takes to have the most amazing day ever.  Monday night is the Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th Spectacular at Riverfront Park and is one of the top 5 firework shows in the nation.  The music begins at 7 pm with Street Corner Symphony, Darius Rucker and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.  Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 PM.  If you'd like to avoid the downtown madness, but still have a great view of the fireworks Adventure Science Fun Center has a place just for you!

I also recommend going to the Belle Meade County Club's golf course to see a spectacular fireworks show.  Park anywhere along Belle Meade Blvd. or side streets, take a chair or blanket and walk over to the golf course before the show starts at sundown.

That's it for the 4th, I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Americana Artwork by Beth Inglish

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