By Carole Robinson, Senior Staff Writer
UPDATED July 5
Due to a steady downpour over Middle Tennessee and an unfavorable forecast, the cities of Franklin, Brentwood and Nolensville pulled the plug on their respective Fourth of July fireworks displays last night.
The city of Brentwood announced on its website that it has rescheduled the fireworks display to take place July 14, at Crockett Park following a performance by the band Entice.
The city of Franklin will announce a date and time for their rescheduled show later this afternoon or by Monday at the latest Monique McClullough, a spokeperson for the city said.
Nolensville has not yet released a date that their show will be rescheduled.
Ella Truscott takes part in a bike parade at Franklin on the fourth in 2012. Photo by Carole Robinson
On July 4, 1776, after several attempts to voice their grievances to King George III, all 56 members of the Continental Congress representing the 13 colonies, pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor in signing the Declaration of Independence. With that act of heroism by those 56 brave men 237 years ago, all political ties with Great Britain were dissolved, a new, free and independent nation was born and colonies became states.
It was declared by John Adams in a letter to his wife Abigail, “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.”
Although Adams was two days off in his predictions, since 1776, the Fourth of July – Independence Day – has been celebrated just as he envisioned, including in communities across Williamson County where this year, once again, there will be parades, concerts, fireworks and more, just as Adams hoped.
Brentwood Concert and Fireworks
The city of Brentwood is sponsoring its twenty-sixth July 4th Celebration from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Eddy Arnold Amphitheater in Crockett Park. The Kadillacs will play at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. The community is encouraged to park at the Library or River Park and use the bikeway. For more information, visit www.brentwood-tn.org.
Andrews Cadillac Firecracker 5K will take place 7a.m.Thursday, July 4 at Maryland Farms YMCA. The Luken Kids Fun Run starts at 8 a.m.
Online registration closes Wednesday, July 3 at 3 p.m. Active military personnel receive a complimentary registration.
Contact Cathy Kaiser at firstname.lastname@example.org
to register or visit
The public is invited to the City of Fairview’s third annual Independence Day Festival and Fireworks on Wednesday, July 3 on the front lawn of City Hall from 4 to 10:30 p.m. There is no charge for this event, which includes family fun games and bounce houses for the kids. Music begins at 5 p.m. with Lane Johnson and the Jingo Jammers followed by the Angie Laster Band and headliner Travis Dukes and his band. Area vendors will provide food for purchase. Fireworks at 10:30 p.m. will close out the evening.
The Lions Club and the City of Franklin will host the annual Franklin on the Fourth back in downtown Franklin. The festival will be another family fun festival that includes a great entertainment lineup, tasty food, antique cars, quality crafts and a large kids zone. The Hinckley Brothers open the festival at 10 a.m. followed by a long list of local favorites.
Lineup for the annual Children’s Parade begins at 4:45 p.m. and the parade steps off at 5 p.m. led by the Zinghoppers and Half Brass.
Awards, speeches, recognitions and more entertainment continue until 8 p.m. when the festival ends to allow attendees to get to the Park at Harlinsdale Farm and claim their favorite spot for the annual fireworks display.
The public is welcome to the “Let Freedom Ring” bell ringing on July 4 at 1 p.m. at the Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Sponsored by members of the Old Glory Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Matthew Fontaine Maury Children of the American Revolution, participants will join patriotic groups throughout the country in celebration of the Fourth of July.
The event officially begins at 11 a.m. in Philadelphia with direct descendents of the signers of the Declaration of Independence tapping the Liberty Bell and setting off the nationwide bell ringing ceremony. Following the ringing in Franklin, there will be a brief program.
Grace Chapel on Southall Road in Leiper’s Fork is sponsoring a Fourth of July Festival on July 4 from 6 – 9:30. The event is complete with inflatables for the kids, a concert by the Katrinas, great food for purchase and a full fireworks display to end the evening.
The Town of Nolensville is hosting a Fourth of July festival complete with games, inflatables, a concert, fireworks and plenty of food vendors. Events begin at 5 p.m. at the Williamson County/Nolensville Ball Park. Fireworks are at 9:15 p.m.
The concert, which begins at 6 p.m., is an eclectic list of local talent including Mayday Malone, Annie-Rose Robinson and the Back 80 Bluegrass Band with a professional sound system provided by Middle Tennessee State University recording industry graduate students under the supervision of sound engineer John Merchant.
For more information, directions and parking maps, visit http://nolensvilletn.gov/content/town-events-info-a-forms.html.
Spring Hill Fourth
of July Parade
The 11th annual City of Spring Hill Fourth of July Parade for Children will take place Thursday, July 4 at 9 a.m. starting at the Spring Hill Post Office on Town Center and ending at Evans Park with free ice cream at the park.
The city invites all area families to decorate bikes, wagons or any other children’s vehicle and march in the parade, which will be led by a Spring Hill Fire Department truck. Children may ride or walk in the parade and parents are encouraged to pull young children in wagons or strollers. Children on bikes or scooters must wear a helmet. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. Additional parking will be provided at City Hall. For more information, visit www.springhilltn.org.
Kerri Bartlett contributed to this story.
Posted on: 6/28/2013