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July 4 train to Nashville nears sellout

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Less than 275 tickets remain for the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee's (RTA) July 4 Music City Star train to the celebration at Nashville's Riverfront Park.

The train will depart from Lebanon Station at 4 p.m., stop in Martha at 4:13 p.m., Mt. Juliet at 4:24 p.m., Hermitage at 4:33 p.m., Donelson at 4:44 p.m. and arrive at Nashville's Riverfront Station at approximately 5:05 p.m. The return train to Lebanon leaves 45 minutes after the conclusion of the Nashville fireworks.

An allotment of 950 tickets was originally available to the public. Round-trip tickets cost $15 plus a $1 processing fee and are available for purchase through the Music City Star website at or at with a credit card. Tickets will be on sale until 24 hours prior to departure or until they are sold out, whichever comes first. Tickets will not be for sale July 4 on the platforms. Parking is free at all of the outlying stations.

Customers will receive only one ticket for the round-trip and will need to show the ticket to train personnel for scanning when boarding on both trips. Children age four and younger will not need a ticket to board; however, they are required to sit in a parent or guardian's lap. Children age five and older will need a ticket. After the fireworks, passengers should be seated in the same train car for easier exiting at their designated station. Weekday Music City Star passes are not accepted on the July 4 train.

Following deboarding at Riverfront Station, the train will move out of the station so its locomotives will not interfere with performances on the Riverfront stage. Passengers will not be able to return to the train during the July 4 festivities. To get some relief from the heat, misting stations and water fountains will be available.

Backpacks and folding chairs will be allowed onboard. Any items that will not fit underneath the seat, such as large coolers, bikes and wagons, are not permitted on the train. Coolers of any size are not permitted on the train. Anyone needing special accommodations to board should call (615) 862-5925 prior to the trip.

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