With Fourth of July festivities falling on a Wednesday, you might be wondering how to make the most of the big day before heading back to work Thursday. If you're looking for things to do before the afternoon cookout or fireworks show, check out this list of 20 local events going on around Nashville.

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Go to a big event

Music City Hot Chicken Festival

When: July 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: 600 Woodland St, Nashville

Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4

When: July 4, 4 p.m.

Where: Downtown Nashville, 5th Avenue and Broadway

Red, White and Boom at Adventure Science Center

When: July 4, 7-10 p.m.

Where: 800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville

Go to a museum

Cheekwood (free admission for veterans)

When: July 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: 1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

When: July 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: 222 5th Ave S, Nashville

Johnny Cash Museum

When: July 4, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: 119 3rd Ave S, Nashville

Go for a run

Nashville Striders Firecracker 5000

When: July 4, 7 a.m.

Where: Opry Mills Mall, 433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville

Music City July 4th - 4 mile run/walk

When: July 4, registration at 7 a.m., run at 8 a.m.

Where: Rose Park, 1000 Edgehill Ave, Nashville

Firecracker 5K/10K (Brentwood)

When: July 4, 7-9 a.m.

Where: 5101 Maryland Way, Brentwood

Go to a sporting event

Nashville Sounds vs Iowa Cubs

When: July 4, 7 p.m.

Where: First Tennessee Park, 19 Jr Gilliam Way, Nashville

Celebrate on a rooftop

July 4th Rooftop Party at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

When: July 4, 5 p.m.

Where: 111 Broadway, Nashville

Ole Red, White and Blue Rooftop Party

When: July 4, 5 p.m.

Where: 300 Broadway, Nashville

July 4th Rooftop Party at Bobby Hotel

When: July 4, 8-10 p.m.

Where: 230 4th Avenue North, Nashville

Listen to some music

Flatt Lonesone, Joshue Hedley and more at the Grand Ole Opry

When: July 4, 7 p.m.

Where: 2804 Opryland Dr, Nashville

Songwriter Series at Just Love Coffee

When: July 4, 5 p.m.

Where: 1528 Demonbreun St, Nashville

Sparkle City Fourth of July at Basement East

When: July 4, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Where: 917 Woodland St, Nashville

Independence Day Live Music at Wrangler Pop-up Store

When: July 4, 12-6 p.m.

Where: 217 2nd Ave. S., Nashville

Go to a brewery or distillery

4th of July Party at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery

When: July 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: 1414 Clinton St, Nashville

Little Harpeth Brewing's: 6th Annual 4th Of July Party

When: July 4, 7-11 p.m.

Where: 30 Oldham St, Nashville

Beer, BBQ and Fireworks at New Heights Brewing Company

When: July 4, 1-9 p.m.

Where: 928 5th Ave S, Nashville