Local residents will have several venues to choose from in Wilson County to celebrate the Fourth of July on Thursday.
As has been the case for many years, Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown will each hold a Fourth of July celebration event. Everyone is encouraged to bring their families, friends and lawn chairs to enjoy the festivities, fireworks and freedom at each event.
Lebanon will hold its Fourth of July celebration at the James E. Ward Ag Center at the Wilson County Fairgrounds. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. Festivities will include live music from several artists, including Lester Ray Sears, Lisa Lally and Fallow Field.
Those who attend can participate in a Guiness World Record contest in a stacked box mural program. Headed by Cathy Rhodes, the program will allow Wilson County residents to paint their way into a record by stacking painted mural boxes. The cost is $3 for one side of a box with supplied paint and brushes. Anyone may paint their own ideas, or fill in a template. The bozes will become part of a community mural at Fall Fest at the Hermitage on Oct. 5-6.
A classic car show will be held during the event, and other entertainment includes a bungee jumping trampoline, a train ride through Fiddlers Grove and the largest water slide in Tennessee. Food booths will be open to buy meals during the event, as well as free watermelon that will be available. The fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m.
Watertown will once again hold its annual Fourth of July parade. The theme of the parade is ‘stars, stripes and squirt guns.’ Those who attend are encouraged to come armed with squirt guns and water balloons to continue the tradition of getting wet in celebration of Independence Day. There will also be a section of the parade reserved for participants who do not wish to get wet.
The parade begins at Watertown Elementary School at 6 p.m. and ends at the end of east Main Street in Watertown. A fireworks display will be held after the parade.
Mt. Juliet will hold its annual Fourth of July celebration at Providence Marketplace. Beginning at 4 p.m. there will be live music, as well as activities for children. At 9 p.m., a fireworks display will be shot from behind Dick's Sporting Goods and Target.
Grab a lawn chair, some drinks, the family and maybe even a squirt gun and head out to the event of choice Thursday. Each city's respective city hall may be contacted for more information.