by TJ AndersonWith a lot of Nashvillians, there’s still a bit of a disconnect, where the Nashville Symphony is seen as something geared only toward folks who were reared on classical music and in
Where To Watch Nashville 4th Of July Fireworks For Free
by TJ Anderson
Among the many things we do well in Nashville: Our 4th of July fireworks display is among the biggest and best in the country, with more than 35,000 pounds of colorful booms synched up to live music from our world-class Nashville Symphony.
This year, the Let Freedom Sing! celebration has country star Chris Young, the legendary Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and lots of others performing, and as with past years, the music/celebration/fireworks are all free.
If you’d like to get in the downtown mix, here are the locations that are considered part of the Let Freedom Sing “campus”:
— Ascend Amphitheater (310 1st Avenue South)
— Riverfront Park (100 1st Avenue North)
— Lower Broadway
— Public Square Park (3rd Avenue North and Union Street)
— Walk of Fame Park (121 4th Avenue South)
For slightly smaller crowds
There is, of course, the crowd factor. Last year, the downtown event drew about 150,000 people, even with rainy conditions. The last dry-weather 4th, it was more than 260,000.
That all makes getting to/around downtown a little tricky at best, totally maddening at worst.
If you’d still like to enjoy some free fireworks, but don’t really want to brave the full downtown throngs, here are a few other options to consider:
Perched up high on the west side of town, Love Circle offers some of the best city views in Nashville. So, of course, it’s a popular fireworks-watching spot. But it’s still not downtown-crowded. Just make sure you park a little ways down — it’ll make your life a lot easier. (Side note: If you fall in love with Love Circle while you’re up there, we have a stunning property listed there right now. Take a look at 3429 Love Circle here.)
East Nashville parks
If you’re an Eastsider, staying on that side of the river is a good call. East Park can be a great place to perch — you can also make a day of it, since the also-free Hot Chicken Festival is held there in the afternoon. Shelby Park in the Sevier Street area can also be a solid viewing site. (If you're looking for a new home in East Nashville, explore here.)
Perched on a bridge
In past years, the Shelby bridge (now John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge) and Woodland bridge have been packed with fireworks-watchers. Now, though, those are both closed during the fireworks display, and reopened after it’s finished. For backup bridge plans, friends have recommended the Fern Avenue bridge a little further north
Any secret viewing spots to share? (I’ll keep it quiet, if you don’t want me to spread your good intel.)
If your mind's more focused on finding a new Nashville home than fireworks right now, please let me know if I can help! Call or email TJ Anderson Homes here.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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