Activities planned for July 4 in Wilson County

  • Lebanon will hold events from noon until a fireworks display.
  • Two fireworks are planned at Mont Juliette. hold
  • Watertown will hold an annual squirt parade leading to fireworks.

4th of July activities are planned in Wilson County.


Activities at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center on East Baddour Parkway begin around noon with a car show.

Food carts will be available at noon for purchase. Free hot dogs and watermelons will also be available from 4 p.m. until they’re gone.

Inflatable games (4-8 p.m.), face painting (4-7 p.m.), flag-painting craft tables (5-7 p.m.), selfie photo booths and live music are planned. An opening ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m., with Mayor Rick Bell.

The Fiddlers Grove General Store will be open (2-6 p.m.) and a jazz band will play at Fiddlers Grove’s Back Porch State (2-4 p.m.).

Admission and parking are free.

The fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m.

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Mount Juliet (city view)

Mt. Juliet will hold its fireworks display at the Mt. Juliet League grounds on Lebanon Road at 9 p.m.

Free parking is available in the fields and along Lebanon Road. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for the best viewing locations.

Mount Juliet (Circle P Ranch)

Tom Needham, who led the town’s 4th of July fireworks for about 30 years, returns to the Circle P ranch for the second year in a row.

A fireworks display stands off Saundersville Road in Mt. Juliet leading up to the 4th of July.

Tailgating will begin around 5 p.m. and the fireworks will begin around 9 p.m.

Several food vendors, bouncy houses and live music will be part of the tailgating time. A Civil War cannon will be fired in the minutes before the fireworks, owner Rufus Page said.

Needham will shoot “thousands” of fireworks for a show that will last over 30 minutes, he said.

The fireworks are lit on a hill, which Page says can also be seen in areas around the Circle P Ranch.

Victory Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet Station, and some commercial developments on North Mt. Juliet Road are among the surrounding places to watch the fireworks.

Watertown Stars, Stripes and Water Pistols

Watertown holds its popular parade at 3 p.m., which includes squirt gun fights for those who want to get wet.

The parade begins at Watertown Elementary and moves down Main Street, which includes the town square.

The front part of the parade will be the squirt area with guns and water. Residents and those along the parade route can fire their own water guns or even unpressurized hoses.

Water balloons and pressure lances are not permitted.

The parade has a “dry section” without water guns which may include classic cars, horses and Shriners in the back.

Fireworks begin at dusk at Three Forks Park.

field of flags

Hundreds of American flags will be displayed at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center at 945 Baddour Parkway in Lebanon from July 1-4.

The public is invited to browse the rectangular field of flags. Participants may adopt or promote a flag.

Proceeds will be donated to the American Legion Post 15, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5015, Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1004, and Associates Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1004.

Field of Flags contributions will also go toward helping veterans pay for rent, utility bills, food and other needs.

The exhibit opens at 1 p.m., July 1. An opening ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. and closing ceremonies for 3:30 p.m. on July 4.

starry farm

The former Reba McEntire property on State Route 109, which is now a campground and event location, will host activities with open houses at 5 p.m., July 4.

The cost is $20 to park.

People can bring their own food or a barbecue is available for purchase.

Live music, wagon rides and a bonfire with S’mores are planned.

Contact Andy Humbles at [email protected] or 615-726-5939 and on Twitter @AndyHumbles.

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