Firework displays and rules in Nashville, TN

If you get them to spell out NASHtoday, your next coffee’s on us. | Photo via Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp

Unless you love bonding over a cul-de-sac cleanup, it’s nice to let someone else handle the Independence Day spectacle. Plus, local orgs are pros at showing off some incredible displays. 🎆

Consider us your one-stop firework shop. Read on for public firework displays, your favorite vantages to watch the lights, and tips to DIY. Bonus: If your pup is sensitive to sound, we’ve got some spots for you, too.

Public firework displays

  • Downtown Nashville | Mon., July 4 | 9:29-10:01 p.m. | Arrive early for performances by Levi Hummon, Cassadee Pope, Gramps Morgan, and Old Dominion. 
  • Nashville Shores | Sun., July 3 | ~8.45 p.m. | Fireworks are included with a season pass or admission ticket that day.
  • The Park at Harlinsdale Farm | Mon., July 4 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Bring your own blankets or chairs for free entertainment prior to the fireworks display.
  • Crockett Park, Eddy Arnold Amphitheater | Mon., July 4 | 7-10 p.m. | The Smoking Section Band will perform disco and jazz music + there will be food trucks available during the show.

Where to watch

You may be asking, where can I get the best downtown views? Follow the map for our favorite vantage points to get a bald eagle’s eye view of the festivities.

Firework safety

Did you know that larger fireworks explode at a diameter of 800+ ft (about 200 ft larger than the height of the Batman building)? Pretty incredible — until they go off on your lawn.

In fact, fireworks are illegal without a permit in Davidson County. If you decide you want to DIY, follow these guidelines + make sure you’re in a surrounding county where it’s legal by looking at this list.

Celebrate some peace + quiet

Before you spend the night trying to lure your four-legged friend out from under the bed, you may want to get as far from the commotion as possible.

Your best option is a nearby state park, like Harpeth River State Park or Long Hunter State Park. Pack some food and water and go stargazing, or even camping.