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5. Music City Hot Chicken Festival - July 4

It just doesn’t get more American than the Hot Chicken Festival in Nashville on the Fourth of July. If you’re not familiar with this Nashville staple, it takes already amazing classic fried chicken and adds a special cayenne pepper hot sauce into the mix, and yeah, it’s just as good as it sounds. The festival hosts a ton of local favorite restaurants as well as an amateur cooking contest and local live music. If you’re thinking about visiting Nashville, it’s hard to find a better time of the year.

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