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Road trippers, get ready for an explosive Sunday!

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The Fourth of July has not landed on a Sunday in six years, according to the Colorado newspaper Durango Herald. And despite being hailed as the "buckle of the Bible belt," fireworks celebrations are scheduled to be held throughout the city of Nashville and surrounding counties that illustrious evening, Sunday or not.

America hasn't always felt so free to celebrate of a Sunday evening. According to James R. Heintze's Fourth of July Celebrations Database, the Sunday dilemma was formerly solved by celebrating our day of independence on Monday, July 5. The tradition of waiting until Monday started on July 4 in 1779, and went unchecked until a Senator Winthrop of Massachusetts suggested switching to Saturday, July 3, in a proposal submitted in 1858. I suppose every city started making their own decisions about when to celebrate after that, for several cities did switch to July 3, but not everyone. Thus we have cities holding fast to Sunday nights across America, leaving celebrants to enjoy their day off on Mondays.

But no matter how you feel about making Sunday a festival of sights, sounds, and sentiments, 14 cities around and including Nashville are hosting fireworks, according to So pack up those rickety old lawn chairs and set up your red, white, and bluest blanket:

  • Downtown Nashville at Riverfront Park
  • Nashville Sounds stadium (aka Greer Stadium, also downtown)
  • Brentwood's Crockett Park
  • Franklin High School stadium
  • Gallatin's Civic Center
  • Goodlettsville's Moss Wright Park
  • Tresa Street July Jam, out behind the Long Hollow Jamboree
  • Hendersonville's Pope John Paul II High School
  • Loretta Lynn''s Family Campground in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee
  • Lebanon's James E. Ward Agricultural Center
  • Mt. Juliet's Providence Marketplace
  • Pegram's Town Hall City Park
  • Watertown's 4th of July Parade & Fireworks, ostensibly in the town square
  • White House City Park

Have fun, and remember--I'm just going to relate what the authorities would like me to--fireworks are illegal in Davidson County. However, nearly every road leading to another country has some sort of tent or roadside stand boasting the most glittering of fare.


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