Fourth of July Is a Family Affair for Lady Antebellum
Fourth of July is more than just a holiday for Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott — it's about family traditions.
When the trio of Haywood, Scott and Charles Kelley headline the 2018 July 4th celebration in downtown Nashville at the annual Let Freedom Sing! Music City concert, Haywood is hoping to start a new tradition of watching the fireworks in Nashville with his wife, Kelli, son Cash and daughter Lillie. As he anticipates seeing his own children take in the excitement of the Fourth, it has him reminiscing about his childhood days of bonding with his parents, sister and brother during the holiday, making their own fun before taking in the parade and fireworks.
“We’d go to this little small place no one has ever heard of west of Asheville and all of my memories were there for the fourth. There’s a parade and we’d stand on the side and watch it come through, and just have family time, play guitars and board games. It was always a family holiday for me," Haywood recalls to the Tennessean.
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This celebratory time of year also holds a truly special place in the heart of his bandmate, Hillary Scott, because it reminds her of when husband Chris Tyrrell popped the big question two days before July 4.
“For many, many years in a row, we would be up at the lake for Fourth of July, and having those memories of being on the boat and going tubing and skiing and enjoying being out in the summertime, great weather on the water," she explains in an interview with the group's label, UMG Nashville. "But, then for me, Fourth of July was when [husband] Chris [Tyrrell] proposed. So, I got proposed to on July 2nd up at the lake, the same lake I grew up going to, and so that’s probably the biggest highlight of Fourth of July to me — getting a rock on my hand.”
Lady A will perform alongside the Nashville Symphony, Chris Janson, Lucie Silvas, singer-songwriter Andrew Combs and more during the Let Freedom Sing! event. Following their You Look Good World Tour in 2017, the trio took some time off the road leading up to the birth of Scott's twins, Emory and Betsy. The "Heart Break" singers will hit the pavement again in summer of 2018 with Darius Rucker on the co-headlining Summer Plays On Tour.