• Admission to the 4th of July Hootenanny is free for all ages thanks to our sponsors.
• Food and beverage vendors will be on-site.
• Alcohol will be available for sale at various booths.
• Feel free to bring a folding chair.
• Remember sunscreen, hats and sunglasses.
• First aid will be available on-site.
• Parking is free in the downtown parking garages on July 4.
A few rules that will make the afternoon enjoyable for everyone:
• No coolers or outside alcohol allowed.
• Alcohol must stay in open container areas.
• No pets allowed.
• No smoking.
• Please put garbage in designated bins.
• Please be respectful of fellow audience members, volunteers, performers and security.
We need volunteers to help make this event safe and successful. Please sign up and help out where you can.
Start the day with the annual 4th of July Parade! Grab your lawn chair and find your favorite viewing spot along the parade route. The parade begins at 11 a.m. sharp runs from Park Drive along 1st Avenue South to 8th Street, north to Central Avenue and then heads west to Park Drive and disbands in Margaret Park (north of the Civic Center).
Carlton Anderson gets the party started at about 2 p.m. following the parade. The balance between traditional sounds and contemporary themes is evident on Carlton Anderson’s his first single on Arista Nashville, “Drop Everything.” Originally from Cypress, Texas, Anderson grew up on sports and the other Texas pastime: music. His inspiration came from Willie Nelson, George Strait, and a long line of musical mavericks who transcended borders. While most members of his family joined the military after high school, Anderson cut his teeth playing honky tonks and dancehalls. He eventually moved to Nashville to attend college and follow his dream. With undeniable talent and a work ethic honed on the oil fields of Texas, Anderson quickly found a stage and tip jar in one of the honky tonks on Broadway to pay the bills. He was the first to graduate college in his family, but he learned the ropes through hard work, practice, paying his dues in Texas, and playing for tourists and bachelorette parties in Nashville. He focused on “connecting” with his audience, no matter how distracted or inebriated they were. It wasn’t long before the industry took notice and he was signed to a publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music and began writing with some of the most sought-after songwriters in Nashville. He gained a reputation for his steadfast belief in authenticity before trends. “If I’ve lived it, I can sing about it,” he said. “If I haven’t lived it, I’m not a good faker.”
The street festival continues with Granger Smith taking the stage at about 3:30 p.m. Over the course of his groundbreaking career, Granger Smith has amassed a massive and rabid audience now known as "Yee Yee Nation" built through heavy touring and grassroots fan engagement. He now has a social media following of nearly 7 million and over a quarter of a BILLION online video views. Flagship artist on BBR Music Group's Wheelhouse Records, Smith broke onto the national scene with Remington, an album that garnered him the No. 1 smash "Backroad Song." Smith was also awarded a BMI Country Award for writing, producing, publishing and performing "Backroad Song" and followed it with the Top 5 hit, "If The Boot Fits." “Backroad Song” was one of the Top 10 Most Played country singles of 2016 according to Mediabase and has been certified RIAA PLATINUM. He was nominated as Best New Country Artist for the 2017 iHeartRadio Awards and was included in the 2017 crop of artists honored during the CRS "New Faces" show. He released his current full-length album When The Good Guys Win on October 27, which has spawned the Top 15 hit “Happens Like That” and current fast-rising single “You’re In It.” Granger recently released his first-ever book "If You’re City, If You’re Country", which immediately hit No. 1 on Amazon best-selling lists upon its pre-order announcement.
The stage will be located on the corner of Central Ave and 5th Street. Food vendors will be located on 4th Street and beverage sales will be in various spots along Central Ave. Parts of Central Ave and 1st Street South will be blocked off for the parade.
Parking is free in the downtown parking garages on July 4.
North Parking Garage – 17 4th St N
South Parking Garage – 315 1st Ave S