The predicted rains held up and Rutherford County residents found plenty of July 4 family celebrations to choose from over the long weekend. The festivities began on Friday July 1st and ended with lots of fireworks, food and family fun on Monday July 4th.
Smyrna offered its “Independence Day Celebration” on Friday, July 1 at Lee Victory Recreation Park. The celebration stretched from the Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center all the way to the end of the park. There were all kinds of family-centric games — everything from cornhole to dunk tank. Smyrna Parks and Recreation offered crafts, inflatables for children, and in the adventure center there was rock climbing, sand volleyball and swimming in the pool. . The pool was a perfect spot for a very hot and humid evening. But the heat didn’t stop anyone from having a good time enjoying food trucks and burgers provided by local nonprofits, famous rock music courtesy of Nashville Hitmen, and fireworks displays coordinated by the Smyrna Police Department. “Chief Culbertson and his staff are working hard on this event and take the best presentation possible very seriously,” said City Manager Brian Hercules.
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Revelers had many event options on Monday, including Murfreesboro’s “Celebration Under the Stars”, “LaVergne’s 4th of July Celebration” and the 95th “Rockvale Rutarians 4th of July Celebration”.
“Celebration Under the Stars” was again sponsored by Middle Tennessee Electric (MTE) and was held at The Fountains at the Gateway. “Celebration Under the Stars is a wonderful, family-friendly way for residents of the Murfreesboro area to celebrate America’s independence,” said Chris Jones, President and CEO of MTE. “Middle Tennessee Electric is always happy to support the communities we serve and especially proud to do so on the 4th of July in our hometown.”
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The event started around 4:00 p.m. with picnics, food trucks and fun activities, followed by The Pilots taking the stage at 7:00 p.m. and ending with a fireworks display visible up to a mile away set up by Pyro Shows starting at dark. The Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department coordinated the event with assistance from the Murfreesboro Police Department and the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department.
LaVergne’s Independence Day was held at Veterans Memorial Park, located off Floyd Mayfield Drive. The free event started at 4:00 p.m. with family picnics and other fun activities followed by live music from Phoenix Rising, a rock and roll band from Nashville who put on quite a show, including fire jumps . The spectacular fireworks display began at dusk.
The Rockvale Rutarians kicked off their festivities late in the morning, making it a day of food, fun and camaraderie. There was a cornhole tournament, an opportunity to take the frustration out by smashing a car with a hammer, hay rides, a chainsaw carving display, and bouncy houses for the kids.
This year’s celebrations were true days of community, drawing Americans from many different cultures together to honor the founding of this great country.