In true Nashville and American fashion, people from all walks of life gathered downtown for an all day event to celebrate good music, family, friends, country and fireworks. Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th is one of the largest fireworks show in the country and it didn’t disappoint this year. People started filling in Broadway early in the day under the blazing sun and high temperatures, staking their claims with their lawn chairs on the best seats in the house in front of the Broadway stage at 5th and Broadway. For as far as the eye could see, fans stood shoulder to shoulder. Country music enthusiasts had a chance to visit local eateries and food trucks. Children especially enjoyed snow cones as the temperatures rocketed into the high 90’s.
Country music fans young and old showed up in their red, white and blue garb to sing and dance to musical groups such as Shannon Sanders, Lucie Silvas, Chris Janson and headliner Lady Antebellum. All the musicians provided spirited sets for fans that were excited to share in the celebration of our country. Chris Janson shared a humbling story of working hard, sleeping in a car to have the opportunity to sing country music in Nashville and call Nashville his home. Lady Antebellum rounded out the musical acts by delivering a high energy show. Fans delivered by singing loud and proud, the group letting fans take over portions of the songs.
Barry Scott shared a passionate Patriotic Recitation with the sound of the Nashville Symphony as a backdrop. The most incredible fireworks display followed. For 30 minutes adults and children alike, stared up in amazement as the sky lit up to the sounds of American favorites by the Nashville Symphony. Americana at its finest.
Story by: Christina Brown
Photos: Alexandra Arielle