Franklin On The 4TH
2018 “Franklin on the Fourth” in Downtown Franklin
The annual Independence Day celebration begins at 10 a.m. on July 4th.
Franklin, Tennessee - This year's 4th of July Celebration will focus on family fun and include great music, quality crafts, tasty food, antique cars, and a large kids zone. Downtown Franklin is the perfect location to have a festival and community event such as “Franklin on the Fourth”.
The free festival kicks off at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4th, with bluegrass music playing from the stage. Food vendors include everything from roasted corn on the cob to BBQ, ice cream to nachos; and corn dogs to smoothies. Craft vendors will fill the area with wood working, jewelry and other handmade items.
Food and craft booths will fill the downtown square. Antique cars will line Main Street between the square and 4th Avenue. The kid’s zone on 3rd Avenue North will have inflatables, a petting zoo, and pony rides. The always fun Children’s Parade begins lining up at 4:45 and starts at 5 p.m. Registration for the parade is free and goes on all day at the Lions Club booth, which also will be selling water.
Live entertainment, including many popular groups, continues throughout the day with a variety of music genres including Bluegrass, Country, Soul, and Pop. The final group of the day will be preceded by the Old Glory Chapter of the Daughter's of the American Revolution reading the Declaration of Independence, and the singing of the “National Anthem”.
Franklin on the Fourth ends at 8 p.m. to give attendees time to get to the Fireworks Display at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. The display, put on by the City of Franklin and its sponsors, will begin at approximately 9 p.m.
“Franklin on the Fourth” is coordinated by the Franklin Lions Club and TN Events in conjunction with the City of Franklin. All proceeds benefit the Franklin Lions Club Charities.
The tradition of the "Children's Parade" will continue and begin at 5:00 p.m. (Children will begin lining up at a designated marked location on 4th Avenue South at 4:45 p.m.) There will be Prizes for best costume and decorated bikes and wagons!
2018 Entertainment Schedule
10:00 a.m. – Marty Crum Bluegrass
Marty Crum is a professional musician, sideman, teacher and bandleader. He has performed throughout the U.S.A. on guitar, electric bass and banjo in musical settings ranging from symphonic to bebop to bluegrass, and from concert halls, pit orchestras and festivals to radio, TV and recording. The players in the quartet can be heard everywhere ranging from the “Grand Ole Opry” to the Nashville Symphony. Great players, Great Music!
11:20 a.m. – John England & The Western Swingers
John England & the Western Swingers are a six piece band based in Nashville, TN, which plays the lively, happy music called Western Swing. The group has played their lively music at Nashville's Robert's Western World every Monday since July of 2001. The Swingers can also boast of appearances at New York's Lincoln Center, the Grand Ole Opry, the Legends of Western Swing Festival, the "Midnight Jamboree", and many concerts and private events in the mid-South area. The band has also been a featured part of the Rockettes Christmas Show for 5 years.
12:40 p.m. – Jessica Miller
From the moment this petite, redheaded, country-pop powerhouse steps on stage, you know she’s in a class of her own. Born and raised in the snow belt of Chardon, Ohio, Jessica grew up on classic rock and fell in love with country music when she realized she could sing at the age of 11. Since then, she’s made her mark opening for acts such as, The Charlie Daniels Band, Joe Diffie, Lee Roy Parnell, and Andy Griggs; moving on to a Warner Bros. Development deal at the young age of 16. As a Nashville native now for the past 16 years, Jessica has played all the hot spots such as Tootsies, The Hard Rock, and Puckett’s. She’s grown self-made interest from labels but still has a long way to go on her journey.
With new recently written and recorded music and a new band, she’s ready to sing her heart and soul out for audiences.
2:00 p.m. - Tommy Jackson's Rocky Top Revue
The dance group includes three competitive teams divided by age group that participate in clogging competitions at the state and national level.
Tommy Jackson, a Franklin native and co-owner of WAKM-AM, was just inducted into America’s Clogging Hall of Fame last month after over 40 years of contributing to the dance form by competing in numerous competitions over the years and training the next generation of dancers, many of which have ultimately gone on to become a part of the renowned Grand Ole Opry Square Dancers. Jackson’s dance team is self-funded, making its money for costumes and other expenses through paid appearances at various venues throughout the year, while dance lessons and practices are free.
2:40 p.m. – Rafael Vasquez & The San Rafael Band
Currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee, Rafael continues to fuse Latin Jazz with the broader adult contemporary market–taking the reigns as a leading Latin artist in Music City. His music is a unique combination of the fiery guitar lines of Santana, the classical technique of Andreas Segovia, and the soulful and gritty vocal sound reminiscent of Sting. This compelling blend of jazz, blues and rock has created a new and popular sound that combines the best of salsa, Latin jazz, and rock, perfect for the emerging Latin pop/jazz genre.
4:00 p.m. – Joe Hott
Striding confidently onto the Nashville music scene, Joe Hott is a new face and voice for a world of listeners ready to discover that “all things old become new.” The lanky 6-foot-4-inch preacher’s son found a fascination early in life with the tradition-steeped sounds of artists like Dr. Ralph Stanley, Flatt & Scruggs, Hank Williams, Sr. and Bill Monroe. This spun the fabric of Joe’s creative inspiration, formed his vocal interpretations and set the foundation for his songwriting. Now, after years of touring Appalachia and developing a musical identity of his own, Joe has earned the support of WSM Radio and a partnership with national retailer Durango Boots. His latest release, The Last Thing on My Mind, showcases the West Virginia native’s musical maturity and leaves little doubt that all things old are new again. Featuring 11 songs, a selection of both self-penned tracks and traditional favorites, the album showcases Joe’s genuine authenticity and commitment to being true to both himself and his influences.
4:45 p.m. – Line up children for the Parade (In the Alley next to the garage on 4th Avenue South)
5:00 p.m. – Children’s parade with the Dixie Strutter’s Band
5:15 p.m. - Parade Awards, Recognitions,
Dixie Strutter’s Band
6:15 p.m. - Old Glory Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
Reading the Declaration of Independence
6:25 p.m. - The National Anthem – Sung by Lou Galterio
6:30 p.m. – Lydia Brittan
The Lydia Brittan experience is like a vivid flashback to the sixties, one that transports you straight onto the set of Shindig, but with modern sounds reminiscent to Vintage Trouble and Amy Winehouse piercing through.
Lydia Brittan was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. Raised in the old ways, living in a log cabin, the cultural impact of music was always present. The sounds of 50's, 60's and 70's folk and gospel resonated in her home, having a great influence on her.
Lydia is currently working on her EP with GRAMMY Nominated Brian Bunn. The upcoming release is to feature a 50's and 60's R&B inspired song list with soaring vocals, captivating keys and organ, rhythmic horns, and overall a soulful blend of melody.
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