Peabody Memphis Hotel Rooftop Party

A Guide to Fourth of July

There’s nothing like a long weekend to make you want to celebrate. This Fourth of July weekend, we’ve got a lineup of lively events, family activities and good ol’ fashioned American fun. Celebrate Independence Day with these exciting things to do in Memphis.

Watch Fireworks Over the Mississippi River

For the best places to watch fireworks in Memphis, make your way to the riverfront or a nearby rooftop. Twilight Sky Terrace atop the boutique Madison Hotel offers sweeping views of the Mississippi River making it the perfect vantage point for sipping specialty cocktails while watching Fourth of July fireworks. The rooftop at The Peabody Memphis will have spectacular views, does not have a cover charge and will have snacks and drinks available for purchase. 

Or make your way down to Beale Street Landing located along the Memphis riverfront. Get a spot along the elevated green space for a perfect spot to enjoy fireworks over the Mississippi River. 

Celebrate Independance Day right on the river with the Memphis Riverboats July 4th Fireworks Cruise—a special two-hour cruise featuring a barbecue dinner, live music and spectacular, up-front views of the fireworks. And or a truly luxurious experience, the American Queen Steamboat Company offers a nine-day Fourth of July Celebration cruise from Memphis to St. Louis.

Fireworks over the Mississippi River in Memphis
A Family in Overton Park
AutoZone Park. Photo Credit: Allison Rhoades
Shelby Forest General Store in Memphis


Plan a Perfect Picnic

Enjoy the great outdoors and delicious food when you head over to one of the many parks and green spaces in Memphis. Pick up some Southern-style eats from Gus’s World Famous Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken (think: perfectly crispy and juicy fried chicken paired with baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad and pecan pie) and spread out a picnic blanket at nearby Tom Lee Park or Mud Island River Park, both located along the banks of the Mississippi River.

For another picnic-perfect park, find a shady spot at one of the picnic tables in Midtown's Overton Park and then let the kids loose at the park’s Rainbow Lake Playground. In East Memphis, take your pick of picnic spots in the sprawling Shelby Farms Park, an expanse of 4,500 acres of green space. In North Memphis, retreat to the wilderness at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park where you can picnic amid massive oak, American beech, hickory and sweet gum trees.