Independence Day is my favorite holiday. I love that everyone is happy, every American celebrates it and it is summer (my favorite season). This year, July 4th falls on Monday, making it a three day weekend and extra festive. From food to decorations, this is the weekend to get your celebrations on. There is no shortage of fireworks, music and food. We wish you a safe and happy Independence Day!
Nightfall Concert Series
We say it every week, but it bears repeating... Nightfall is the best block party in Chattanooga and is a great way to kick off your Friday Fun. Tonight's opening act is one of Chattanooga's favorites and the crowd will show up early to get their jams on. T.J.and the 423's is a group of some of Chattanooga's favorite musicians in their newest configuration. The head country singer-songwriter Nikki Lane in a show at Miller Plaza. Known as "the first lady of outlaw country," Lane earned the 2015 Emerging Artist of the Year Award from the Americana Music Association. Admission is always free and there are plenty of concessions to partake from. Opening act starts at 7pm.
This time of year, you will find me searching out farmer's markets in all configurations. I love fresh produce, and right now it is tomato and peach season. My heart starts beating faster and faster when I see a watermelon stand on the side of the road. There is nothing more American than farmer's markets and this weekend, you can hit a market in just about every part of town. Friday after work, head to Ooltewah for the Cambridge Square market and enjoy some live music and get your shopping done early while ou are there. Saturday, head down the the Tennessee Aquarium for the River Market held on the Aquarium campus. Sunday, hit the mother of all market's, the nationally recognized Chattanooga Market at the First Tennessee Pavilion. You can find locally made artisan goods at all three markets. For more info, visit the Chattanooga Market website. Grab a peach for me!
CFC at Finley Stadium
Soccer is beginning to have a cult following in Chattanooga. The Chattahooligans, the fanatical fan club that cheers the team on at every game is nationally recognized as one of the best team supports. And, if nothing else, the games are a blast! While not being the quintessential American sport, soccer is played by more Americans than any other sport. The Saturday, Chattanooga Football Club welcomes the New Orleans Jesters to Finley Stadium Saturday night for the final regular season home game of the season for the club. And as will all things New Orleans, the game will be a party! To celebrate, the Chattahooligans will begin tailgating at 2 p.m. with a full menu. Everyone is welcome to arrive early and tailgate. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; kickoff is at 7:30. Admission is $7.
Speaking of quintessential American sports, the Chattanooga Lookouts will be back in town on July 4th. Grab yourself some peanuts and cracker jacks and sit back and enjoy the Chattanooga Lookouts play the Birmingham Barons. There will be fireworks after the game to finish out your July 4th weekend. Tickets are cheap and the stadium at At&T Field is one of the best places to enjoy sunset in Chattanooga.
Pops in the Park
Hands down one of the very best ways to celebrate being an American is listening to the Chattanooga Pops and then watching fireworks. It almost makes me want to cry I am so happy doing those two things. Grab a blanket, a picnic and your best buddies and head down to Coolidge Park to celebrate the birth of great country on Sunday (July 3rd) while surrounded by thousands of your fellow Americans. Trust me, it is a blast. The view is wonderful, the music fantastic and the company, well...that is up to you! Pops on the River will start at 5 pm with fireworks beginning at 9:45,The event is free, but gets very crowded! Details online. Presented by Chattanooga Presents, the coolest of all the cool kids in town.
Photo via Chattanooga Presents
Whatever you do this weekend, it is truly the very best to be an American and we hope you are celebrating! Have a very wonderful 2016 Independence Day!