Updated: Aug 18, 2019
4th of July has always been my favorite holiday. The fireworks, the grilling, the red, white and blue – I love all of it. In my twenties we would spend all day at the beach or on a boat drinking Corona Lights in american flag bathing suits. These days I have to make sure we have enough hands to cover the ears of all of the little ones (including my dog) and hope that no one sets anything on fire. I still love it. If you're like me and your days of planning weeks in advance are over, here are 4 kid-friendly events you can still get to that are happening to celebrate the 4th.
1. Downtown Fireworks with Little Harpeth Brewing - If you want to check out the amazing downtown fireworks, but don't want to brave the crowds or the parking (woof) you can head to Little Harpeth Brewing on Oldham St from 6p-11:30p. For $25 you can celebrate 4th of July with free beer, free parking and a great view of the downtown fireworks. Food will be from Baby J’s and will include burgers, hot dogs and fries and there will be live music with bluegrass band, The Howling Brothers. Kids are free and it is BYOP – bring your own kiddie pool and they will fill it!
For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-of-july-party-w-the-howlin-brothers-tickets-60102948537
2. Red, White and Boom featuring the Kadillacs – Free to the public this event is from 7p-10p at Crockett Park in Brentwood. I would suggest parking at the top close the first baseball fields, if possible. It will be a little bit more of a walk to the amphitheater, but getting home will be easier! Bring your own blankets and chairs. Food trucks will be there starting at 5p, but to avoid those lines pack a picnic. A spectacular fireworks show will end the night.
3. Music City Hot Chicken Festival – If you are thinking about staying home with your own explosives for the night we don’t blame you, but since you are probably off work you should head out the FREE Music City Hot Chicken festival during the day from 11a-3p at East Park. There is free hot chicken for the first 500 attendees, a fire truck parade and the Yazoo Brewery Beer Garden.
4. Greenbrier Distillery Block Party - Another daytime activity that will get you out of the house, but still home early is Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery Block Party. This is their annual 4th of July Celebration, commemorating their original founder Charles Nelson's birthday. The FREE block party will have live music, food trucks, games, family-friendly fun with a kids zone and FREE Tours & Tastings all day. The event is from 11a-4p, but get there early since they will also be releasing the third installment in the Belle Meade Bourbon Craftsman Cask Collection, "Black Belle."
Written by Kelli Carver