Fireworks in Nashville, TN
The City of Nashville's annual half-hour show at Riverfront Park regularly makes lists of the top 10 fireworks displays in the nation. It shoots over 13,000 pounds of pyrotechnics for an audience of over 100,000. The show begins around 9:30, and is choreographed to live music by the Nashville Symphony. (There's also live music and a sneak preview on the 3rd.) A variety of concession stands are open in the area, so come early for good seats. If you're trying to beat downtown crowds, other popular locations for viewing include the Belmont Parking Garage, downtown Hilton balcony, East Park in East Nashville, and First Church of the Nazarine's parking lot (they host a yearly block party).
While Fourth of July fireworks are typically a family event, the same pyrotechnic displays on NYE have a more romantic atmosphere -- it's a great activity for couples, and the classic way to mark the start of a new year. This downtown event starts at 7 with free performances by a variety of popular bands. Music city puts its own spin on the ball-dropping tradition by lowering a 15-foot musical note, which triggers fireworks and confetti cannnons. If you can find a spot on Broadway, the fireworks are awe-inspiring from up close – if not, there are many great viewing spots around town. Or take a cruise on the General Jackson for a great view from the river.
Theme nights are a baseball tradition. And there's nothing that goes better with this all-American sport than postgame fireworks. Sounds games at Greer Stadium offer fireworks displays throughout the year, after Saturday home games and near Independence Day. The creatively orchestrated displays last around 20 minutes, and are thrilling to watch in a stadium full of excited fans. A great way to spend a warm evening in Nashville; check the sounds' schedule for theme nights and special deals.
The Country Music Awards Festival is one of Nashville's top tourist draws, so it's no surprise that the city pulls out all the stops. A gorgeous pyrotechnic displlay kicks off the 4-day event. The opening concert takes place at LP field; 4-day pass holders can park free at the stadium and take in every show, but if you don't have the stamina for 70 hours of music, save money by buying a ticket to individual shows. There are usually some legendary country acts on opening night. For a country fan, nothing beats the excitement of a great show, a great crowd, and a fireworks display.
Whether you're a Franklin resident or looking to beat the downtown Nashville crowds, Franklin's display is a great Independence Day option. It takes place at the beautiful public park at Harlinsdale Farm (the original home of the Tennessee walking horse). The park is spacious, with 200 acres of rolling farmland and a 3-acre pond. The display typically starts around 9, but festivities start hours earlier – check the schedule for activities like hot dog eating contests, live music, children's entertainment, and a petting zoo. A low-stress, family-friendly way to spend the holiday.