GUIDE: Celebrating July 4th in Franklin and Brentwood

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Still need plans for the 4th of July? Here are a few ideas to keep in mind while planning celebrations this week.

Firecracker 5K

The 20th annual Andrews Cadillac Firecracker 5K/10K run is hosted by the Maryland Farms YMCA and loops through Brentwood to kick off Fourth of July celebrations. The event also features a 1K fun run. Proceeds benefit YMCA programming. 7 a.m. (1K fun run starts), 7:30 a.m. (5K and 10K start). $45-$50. 5101 Maryland Way, Brentwood. 615-373-2900. www.ymcamidtn.org

Franklin on the Fourth

This free family-friendly event features bluegrass and live music, food, crafts, vendors, antique cars and a parade for children as well as a kids zone with inflatables, a petting zoo and pony rides. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 5 p.m. (parade begins). Free (admission). Downtown Franklin, including Third Avenue North and Third Avenue South, Main Street and The Square. www.tneventinfo.com/4th-of-july

Fireworks at the farm

This annual event is held at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm just outside of downtown Franklin and features live music and activities for the whole family. Attendees can bring lawn chairs and blankets. 6-9 p.m., fireworks begin after dusk. Free (admission). The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Road, Franklin. 615-791-3217. www.franklintn.gov

Red, White and Boom

The city of Brentwood hosts this annual July Fourth event in Crockett Park with its largest concert of the year. This year’s band, The Kadillacs, performs big-band jazz, Motown and disco as well as classics from the ’60s to the ’90s. The event will end with a fireworks show. Attendees can bring lawn chairs and blankets, and food trucks—including Papa J’s BBQ, Ugly Burger and Blue Monkey Shaved Ice—will be available. 7-9 p.m. Free (admission). Crockett Park, 1500 Volunteer Parkway, Brentwood. 615-371-0060. www.brentwoodtn.gov

Worth the Trip: Let Freedom Sing

Country music artist Brett Eldredge headlines “Let Freedom Sing: Music City July 4th,” Nashville’s annual Fourth of July celebration at Fifth Avenue and Broadway. The event, which will be broadcast live on CMT, also features performances by Mac McAnally, Jessy Wilson, the Joe West Band and Dylan Scott. “Let Freedom Sing” concludes with a fireworks show synchronized to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony at Ascend Amphitheater. Noon-10 p.m. Free. Fifth Avenue and Broadway. 615-259-4730. www.visitmusiccity.com

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Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.
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