The City of Gallatin is located in Sumner County, the heart of the United States. Gallatin sits on both Old Hickory Lake and the Cumberland River which provide lots of opportunities for fishing, boating and other water sports. The City’s Long Hollow Golf Course and Civic Center along with numerous City parks and ball fields attract visitors and tournaments from across the country and North America. In recent years, Gallatin has become an exciting hub of activity. The numerous shops and restaurants have revitalized the area, and the town has become home to some of the county’s largest employers, including firearm manufacturer Beretta and Gap Inc.
Gallatin was named for Albert Gallatin, a rich Swiss immigrant, who moved to America in the 1780’s. He served as the Secretary of the Treasury under two presidents and helped plan the Lewis & Clark expedition. It has a growing population of more than 34,000 and offers over 13,000 housing units.
In 1802, Gallatin was designated as the permanent county seat for Sumner County. It was built around a traditional town square where Gallatin’s first general store was founded by former U.S. President Andrew Jackson.
There are several corporate and regional headquarters including ServPro Industries, Samick Music, and The Gap’s largest distribution Center Worldwide. Beretta USA Tennessee Campus is now located in Gallatin. Gallatin is home to Volunteer State Community College, one of the city’s largest employers, along with Sumner Regional Medical Center, which is the county’s largest employer.
Gallatin activities are offered year-round. Some of these include:
- Square Fest -On the last Saturday of April, the Town Square offers entertainment, arts and crafts, a kids’ area, and food vendors.
- Taste of Gallatin – Savor the flavor of Gallatin with food samples from local restaurants and caterers.
- Sumner County Fair – Traditional carnival games, rides, and food favorites are topped off with music, baby contests, and other highlights.
- Fourth of July Celebration – Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy a great fireworks display.
- Bold Enough Rodeo Challenge – This fundraiser for the Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition offers bull and bronc riding, calf roping, and barrel racing.
- Sweet Tea and Shopping Fall Frenzy – Art, handicrafts, antiques, collectibles, and locally made goods are on sale at the Fairgrounds.
- Candlelight Cemetery Tour – Sumner County Museum leads a candlelight tour of the historic city cemetery with costumed interpreters to share stories of people buried there.
- Main Street Festival – Held on the first Saturday on October, the downtown festival offers more than 200 vendors, including music and food vendors.
- Pumpkin Splash – The Sunday before Halloween children K-5th grade can dive for a pumpkin in the Gallatin Civic Center pool, followed by family pumpkin decorating.
- Christmas Harvest Craft Show – Held the third Saturday in November, you can shop local for special holiday gifts.
- Christmas Parade – The city square is one of the best places to watch floats pass by.
- Christmas Tree Lighting – Children’s choirs, tree lighting, and lots of season anticipation are complimented by restaurants serving hot cocoa and a family classic at the Palace Theater.
Greater Gallatin, Inc began spearheading Gallatin’s Annual Main Street Festival in 1998. The event is composed of craftsmen, entertainment, food vendors and a childrens’ area. The festival has grown over the years to more than 200 vendors and in excess of 25,000 people. The event is a destination for the community and surrounding areas the first Saturday in October each year.
Two stages of local entertainment are enjoyed by everyone and is often booked months before the event.
Anyone needing more information is asked to call the Greater Gallatin office at 615-452-5692 or e-mail [email protected]