Fourth of July celebration kicks off in downtown Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Music City kicked off the long Fourth of July weekend Friday night with free live music in downtown.

Thousands of people attended “A Prelude to the 4th,” which was held at the Jack Daniel’s Main Stage at First Avenue and Broadway.

The show included performances from Gabe Dixon, Elise Davis, The Weeks and DJDU.

Before the Nashville skyline lights up with an exquisite fireworks display Saturday night, attendees of the annual “Let Freedom Sing” can participate in a number of family-friendly activities at the free McDonald’s Family Fun Zone located on Fifth Avenue at Broadway, just outside the Bridgestone Arena Tower.

For a complete list of permitted and prohibited items, click here.

The family fun zone will include games, inflatables and free samples.

Live music will kick off at noon at the AT&T GigaPower Stage and includes performances by Annie Bosko, Small Time Rock Stars, Scat Springs & The Scat Springs Band, Shirely Tempo and Striking Matches. For a complete schedule, click here.

The night will continue with a performance by country star Martina McBride and Mikky Ekko prior to the much-anticipated fireworks display.

The all-day celebration will end with the nationally-ranked fireworks show timed to music played by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Watch the fireworks show here.

This year’s show will last longer than last years, which was a whopping 27 minutes and included 35,000 shells.

Can’t make it to Nashville’s celebration? Click here to view other Fourth of July events taking place across Middle Tennessee.

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