Music City July 4 Celebration “Let Freedom Sing!”
July 4, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
This year’s Music City July 4 Celebration boasts a great lineup of entertainment totally FREE:
Brett Eldredge, Mac McAnally, Jessy Wilson, Dylan Scott, Creature Comfort, Jackson Bruck & The Dukes of Hume, Joe West Band, & the Nashville Symphony to headline this year’s #NashvilleJuly4! And yes, the official hashtag is #NashvilleJuly4
If you’re looking for a place to anchor your boat, just remember that there will be no anchorage admitted between Woodland Street Bridge and the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge.
DETAILS and NEED TO KNOW:
The free Family Fun Zone with inflatables, giveaways and entertainment by DJ Robert Luke will take place from noon and last into the evening at Music City Walk of Fame Park. Live music on July 4 will start at noon with DJ Dave Audéand also feature Jackson Bruck & The Dukes of Hume and Creature Comfort, the 2018 and 2019 winners of Lightning 100’s Music City Mayhem, along with the Joe West Band and country artist Dylan Scott.
The evening program will start at 5:45 p.m. with a welcome from Mayor David Briley and the National Anthem, leading into performances from headliner and multi-platinum chart-topper Brett Eldredge, along with GRAMMY-nominated neo-soul/rock artist Jessy Wilson and Mac McAnally, a record breaking 10-time CMA Musician of the Year. SiriusXM host Storme Warren will serve as emcee on stage. “Today In Nashville” personality Kelly Sutton will be hosting from the crowd.
FIREWORKS AT 9:10PM
After Brett Eldredge’s performance, the event will shift to Ascend Amphitheater around 9:10 p.m. and conclude with a 30-minute pyrotechnics show synchronized to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony. The program will feature patriotic recitations from Barry Scott.
The Independence Day celebration will include a Family Fun Zone, with inflatables and other kid-friendly activities, from noon to 5 p.m. at Music City Walk of Fame Park. Other activations will last into the evening.
Eldredge is a platinum-selling singer/songwriter. His current hit “Love Someone” is Top 20 at country radio and is the third single from his self-titled record, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and the all-genre Top Albums Sales chart. McAnally is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame and Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Wilson has toured with Alicia Keys and written with John Legend and her first release as a solo artist, Phase, was written and recorded with producer Patrick Carney—drummer for the Nashville-based Black Keys.
The concerts and fireworks are free and open to the public.
Don’t miss: Mayor David Briley will welcome attendees at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 on the Broadway Stage at Fifth and Broadway.
• More than 62,000 shells will be shot, making it one of the largest fireworks shows in the country.
• Eighteen technicians from Pyro Shows will set up the show over the course of eight days.
• More than 36,000 pounds of explosives and 150 miles of wire will be used.
• Fifteen flatbed trailers mounted with fireworks will be used.
• Some 40,000 pounds of sand will be used to bury the largest shells.
• There will be more than 1,000 floating flares and special ghost shells as part of the show.
• The largest shell is 10 inches in diameter and weighs 12 pounds. It leaves the mortar at 200 mph and climbs to 1,000 feet before breaking into a colorful canopy. The 30-minute show will include more than 250 of these types of shells. There will also be 250 8-inch shells.
• The show’s finale will be the most powerful in Nashville history.
LIVESTREAMING AND BROADCAST
The fireworks show will be livestreamed on visitmusiccity.com/july4th.
In a new partnership, CMT will air a 90-minute live special that will include performances from headliner Brett Eldredge, highlights from Let Freedom Sing! and conclude with the acclaimed fireworks show. The show will be aired again right after the live broadcast.
(Artists and times subject to change)
Wednesday, July 3
Event Site Opens at Noon
Music City Walk of Fame Park
Noon – 5 p.m. Family Fun Zone with activities and DJ Robert Luke (Giveaways and other activations will last into the evening)
Main Show at Ascend Amphitheater (Gates open at 3 p.m.)
3:50 p.m. Emcee Kelly Sutton Provides Welcome
4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Bizz & Everyday People (45 minutes)
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Kelly Sutton/Set Change
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Whigs (60 minutes)
6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Kelly Sutton/Set Change
6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Alejandro Aranda performing as Scarypoolparty (60 min.)
8 p.m. Gold Cup Semifinal Soccer Match
*Following Gold Cup Game: Five-minute fireworks show (approximately 10 p.m.)
Thursday, July 4
Event site open from Noon to 10 p.m.
Music City Walk of Fame Park
Noon – 5 p.m. Family Fun Zone with inflatables and DJ Robert Luke (Giveaways and other activations will last into the evening)
Main Show at Broadway Stage at Fifth and Broadway
Noon – 2:05 p.m. DJ Dave Audé
2:05 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. Joe West Band (60 min.)
3:05 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. DJ Dave Audé/Set Change (15 min.)
3:20 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Jackson Bruck & The Dukes of Hume (30 min.)
3:50 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. DJ Dave Audé/Set Change (15 min.)
4:05 p.m. – 4:35 p.m. Creature Comfort (30 min.)
4:35 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. DJ Dave Audé/Set Change (15 min.)
4:50 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Dylan Scott (40 min.)
5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. DJ Dave Audé/Set Change (15 min.)
5:45 p.m. – 6 p.m. Main Show Starts with Welcome from Emcee Storme Warren, Remarks from Mayor David Briley, Color Guard, National Anthem and Fireworks
6:00 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. Jessy Wilson (40 min.)
6:40 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Emcee Storme Warren /DJ Dave Aude/Set Change (20 min.)
7:00 p.m. – 7:55 p.m. Mac McAnally (55 min.)
7:55 p.m. – 8:20 p.m. Emcee/ DJ Dave Audé/Set Change (25 min.)
8:20 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Brett Eldredge (70 min.)
Ascend Amphitheater (Opens at 4 p.m.)
9:10 p.m. – 9:12 p.m. Remarks from Emcee
9:12 p.m. – 9:20 p.m. House Music
9:20 p.m. – 9:22 p.m. Emcee introduces Barry Scott and Nashville Symphony
9:22 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Barry Scott and Nashville Symphony
9:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Nashville Symphony with Fireworks (30 min.)
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
• Ascend Amphitheater
• Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge
• Riverfront Park (with audio)
• The Green at Riverfront Park (with audio)
• Public Square Park (with audio)
• Music City Walk of Fame Park (with audio)
Video screens will be placed at Riverfront Park and at The Green at Riverfront Park, as well as on the Broadway Stage and at Ascend Amphitheater.
Those sitting in Ascend Amphitheater will be able to watch the Broadway Stage concert on screens, while those on Broadway will be able to watch the Nashville Symphony performance on screens.
Guidelines, Weather Safety and Security Procedures
The city’s annual free July 4 concert and fireworks show is expected to draw an estimated crowd of 150,000, and, to ensure maximum safety for attendees, backpacks and coolers will not be permitted. At five designated locations, cold bottled water will be available at two bottles for $1 until 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., bottled water at those locations will be $1 each. Additionally, at those designated locations, you can get two hot dogs for $3 until 5 p.m., and they will cost $2 each the rest of the night.
Attendees are encouraged to pack smart, stay hydrated and bring refillable water bottles to fill at three free water stations. In addition, six misting stations and misting fans 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.
Traditional food vendors will be located along First Avenue from Church Street to the Pedestrian Bridge and in Music City Walk of Fame Park.
Food trucks will be located on First Avenue near the Pedestrian Bridge, on Second Avenue North and South, on Broadway, on Fourth Avenue South and near Music City Walk of Fame Park on Fifth Avenue. Food concessions will be available at Ascend Amphitheater.
All personal items are subject to searches. A list of House Rules is available.
Permitted Items Include:
• Collapsible chairs everywhere, except Ascend Amphitheater
• Handheld personal-sized umbrellas (up to 36”)
• Blankets and ground tarps (6’x8’ or less)
• Personal cameras
• Small bags with maximum measurement of 16”x10”x4”
Note: All chairs and umbrellas must be taken down and put away by 4 p.m.
Prohibited Items Include:
• No coolers
• No backpacks or luggage
• No guns, knives, other weapons or dangerous devices of any kind
• No outside alcoholic beverages
• No illegal substances, drugs or drug paraphernalia
• No fireworks
• No laser pointers
• No pets (except service animals)
• No drones or other remote-controlled aerial or ground-based devices
• No unauthorized vending, sales, sampling, solicitation or distribution of materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, giveaways, etc. (event credentials required)
• No wagons or pull-carts
• No unauthorized personal transport devices, including bicycles, roller blades, skateboards, Segways, golf carts, mopeds, scooters, electric scooters (Bird, Lime, Spin, Lyft, JUMP, Gotcha, Bolt) or any personal motorized vehicles other than wheelchairs or ADA Devices (event credentials required)
• No pedicabs or pedal taverns
• No unauthorized amplification devices permitted, which disrupt event production, including handheld megaphones
• No noisemakers (musical instruments, bullhorns, air horns, whistles, etc.)
• No performances or demonstrations of any type outside of the Designated Freedom of Expression Zone • No pop-up tents
• No beach or pole-style umbrellas
• No audio recorders, video or professional cameras
• No inserting stakes, poles or any other objects into the ground, or use of ropes, cords, tape, etc. to reserve space
• No hammocks or attaching anything to any park structures or trees
• No audio recorders or video cameras
• No camera stands, monopods, tripods, attachment sticks of selfie sticks
• No aerosol containers of any kind
• No sealed containers of any kind
• No throwing objects
• No professional-grade radios or walkie-talkies
• No large chains or spiked jewelry
• No signs, flags on sticks or poles
• No collapsible chairs in Ascend Amphitheater
Note to Boaters: No anchorage between Woodland Street Bridge and KVB Bridge.
PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
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.
Parking spots for $15 at the Metro Courthouse Garage; $14 ($10 after 5 p.m.) at Nashville Public Library Downtown; and $15 at the Music City Center.
To locate other available parking downtown, visit www.parkitdowntown.com.
Taxis can drop off and pick up attendees on Seventh Avenue South at Broadway.
Ride sharing drop off and pick-up locations will be provided closer to the event date.
Visitor packages to experience July 3-4 in Music City:
• Hotel stay + July 4th Fun Pack: July 4th Fun Pack includes commemorative July 4th event t-shirt, event koozie, hand-held American flag, patriotic folding hand fan, and a Nashville cinch bag to carry your items.
• Hotel stay + July 4th Fun Pack + Total Access Pass. The Total Access Pass is being offered at a special price of $65 per person (regular price is $75). Total Access Pass is Nashville’s official combo attraction pass. Select four attractions from a list of 30+ attractions and receive two bonus attraction tickets and two discounts.
• Hotel stay + July 4th Fun Pack + Soccer Game Tickets to the Gold Cup Semifinal on July 3. Seats are in lower section 111.
• Hotel stay + Soccer Game Tickets to the Gold Cup Semifinal on July 3. Seats are in lower section 111.
• Soccer Game Tickets to the Gold Cup Semifinal on July 3. Seats are in lower section 111. (No Hotel Stay Needed)
To book or if you have questions, please call 1-800-657-6910 or book online at visitmusiccity.com/july4th/july4thweekend#packages