“Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.”
Many of us are looking forward to Labor Day because it gives us 3 days to spend with family, friends and loved ones and do whatever we want to celebrate the end of the summer and the beginning of fall. Some of us head out of town, others head to the lake. Many of us will grill out or go out to eat, while others will stay home and catch up on Netflix, reading, facebook, or just sleep late and do absolutely nothing.
Personally all of the above sounds good to me. For those of you who live in the Middle Tennessee area and have not made plans, I would like to highlight some happenings on the Riverfront in Downtown Nashville. This gives me the opportunity to share some pictures I have taken recently of one of my favorite places in the world; my hometown.
Downtown Nashville will be jumping this 3 day weekend. If you haven’t been to the Riverfront lately and would like to join in the festivities, I have listed some fun events below.
The Merritt Classic Weekend September 4-6 at Nissan Stadium
**This is a picture I took of the Nissan Stadium at sunrise.**
This 3 day event offers a little bit of everything for everyone and sounds like a lot of fun. It winds down on Sunday with the TSU Tigers taking on the Alabama State University Hornets. I would like to go just to see the Halftime Performance by the one and only TSU Aristocrat of Bands! Activities start today! (Friday)
For more information on this 3 day event, visit this link at http://www.visitmusiccity.com/Visitors/thingstodo/johnmerrittclassic
**It is such a treat to watch the General Jackson come down the Cumberland River, stop in front of the Nissan Stadium and turn around to head the other way. It is especially beautiful at night.**
**In this picture I captured a barge slowly meandering past the Nissan stadium at sunset.**
Speaking of football, our own Tennessee Volunteers will open their season at the Nissan Stadium this Saturday, September 5, taking on the Bowling Green Falcons at 3:00. Some tickets are still available at this link- http://www.nashvillesports.com/vols
**I love this picture because the Music City Star was pulling out of the Riverfront Train Depot and had slowed down enough for me to get a shot. I wasn’t expecting to see the train. One of these days I want to ride in it.**
Nashville’s First Saturday Art Crawl will be on September 5. “The first Saturday of every month, from 6pm to 9pm, art galleries around Nashville offer free admission to view their latest exhibits. Over 20 art venues participate, presenting local and world-renowned artists and artwork, offering the opportunity to meet and discuss art with like-minded individuals.”
**Speaking of art, this is our own ‘Ghost Ballet’ which sits on the riverbank across from Riverfront Park. “The trusses and crane base show the past industrial use of the area, while the circular and changing motion represents the transformation of the area.”**
For more information on this event, visit http://www.visitmusiccity.com/Visitors/thingstodo/saturdayartcrawl
The band Widespread Panic will be at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater on September 5 and 6 at 7:00 P.M. Nashville’s new amphitheater seats 6,800.
**I was on the Pedestrian Bridge when I took this picture one early evening while a concert was going on.**
For more information on this concert and many other upcoming concerts visit http://www.visitmusiccity.com/Visitors/thingstodo/ascendamphitheater
The General Jackson will be cruising the Cumberland this weekend and it is definitely a sight to see!
**This is one of my favorite pictures I have taken of the General Jackson because of the way the surrounding lights look like they are framing the showboat.**
I love seeing the people on the beautiful showboat as it comes into downtown. I am sure it is more fun being a passenger as you roll down the river.
**The General Jackson turns around right in front of the stadium, so it was fun watching this maneuver.**
For more information on the weekend cruises, and cruises in general, visit http://generaljackson.com/experience
I love to kayak, but did not know you could kayak the Cumberland River until I was downtown one day taking pictures and saw it. This would definitely be fun..
**I was able to get a shot of people kayaking down the Cumberland. They paddled up to the Riverfront and got out**
Check out Nashville’s first and only kayak rental and tour company, River Queen Voyages. If you want to experience the Cumberland River up close, visit their website at http://rqvoyages.com/
Okay, now for the fun activities that won’t cost you anything except maybe to park. Because of football games at Nissan Stadium on Saturday and Sunday, you might be out of luck finding a parking spot. I would wait until Monday to head downtown where it might be less crowded, more parking spaces and no stadium game. September 7 will be the better day.
If you have not been to Nashville’s Cumberland Park, you need to go.
Not only is there an area for live music, but there are water features, a play space, areas to ride bikes and walk dogs and so much more! And it is free!
**The views are pretty no matter which way you look.**
**The Ghost Ballet has a whole different look during the day than at night.**
**This is the view across the river from the Cumberland Park.**
For more information on Nashville’s Cumberland Park, visit this link https://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Parks/Cumberland-Park.aspx
One of my favorite free things to do in downtown Nashville is walk across the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. The views of downtown are just gorgeous!
Whether you visit during the day when the sun is bright and reflecting off the Batman Building and the Pinnacle Building, or at night when the lights come on and reflect off of the river, you will not be disappointed!
**I love watching for the barges and personal boats coming down the river.**
**You never know what you will see docking at the Riverfront.**
**It is also fun to people watch while on the bridge**
** This picture was taken at sunset.**
**This picture was taken at sunrise.**
To learn more about the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, visit http://www.nashvilledowntown.com/go/shelby-street-pedestrian-bridge
Once you cross the bridge, head to Riverfront Park and check out the train depot.
“The site of the current station was originally home to a train depot built around 1902. The depot included a passenger station for the Tennessee Central Railway as well as several tracks used for freight service. Passenger service at the original station ended in 1955. Site excavation for the new station began in 2004, but was delayed for several months due to the discovery of historic artifacts at the site, including the remains of a foundry. Construction of the new station began in August 2005. The design of the new station, which features post and beam architecture, was intended to evoke the feel of an Old World train station. Service at the station began on September 18, 2006.”
And last but not least, you have to walk down to the Riverfront Park.
On this particular day I saw Metro’s finest escorting a boat toward the dock.
Another morning I watched the sun rise and it was a beautiful sight!
If you don’t want to get up that early, check out the glow of the river from the sun setting.
The Downtown Nashville Riverfront is a must see- whether you are visiting the area, or even if you live here. Take an afternoon or an evening this weekend or any weekend and head to the Riverfront and see what everyone is talking about!
“It’s the warmest, loveliest community I’ve ever set foot in. For me, it’s the perfect place to live. It’s the best part of America.”
– Nicole Kidman
For more information on what is going on in our fabulous city this Labor Day weekend, visit http://www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors/thingstodo/laborday#family
Whatever you decide to do, I want you to know your hard work is what makes our nation the best, so you deserve to take this time to rest!
Until next time-
I hope you spend every day, living, learning, laughing and loving life…
while focused on Nashville and the great state of Tennessee!
My best to you,
- Have a fabulous Labor Day weekend!
- **All photos in Focused On Nashville are taken by Terri Watson.