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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 and scroll down to for a list Fourth of July events all over the Mid-South.

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. The Peabody Memphis will host their weekly Thursday Rooftop Party with spectacular views and live music by local band The Bluff City Bandits. This is a 21 and up event with a $10 cover for general admission and $20 for VIP.

Mud Island River Park will host it's annual Fireworks Spectacular with live music, food, drinks and activities and a fireworks show over the Mississippi River. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with fireworks at 9:15. You'll also be able to watch the fireworks from the water. Rent a canoe or kayak for $20 from Kayak Memphis Tours from River Garden Park across the harbor off Front Street.  To access the island, take the Skybridge, accessible from the public parking lot at Front Street and Poplar Avenue. You could walk the bridge; it’s only a half-mile to the park (plus some stairs) and you’ll get to really savor those river views as you stroll above it. But if you don't want to walk, cruise over by renting an electric or hop on a bike at one of the new Explore Bike Share stations on both sides of the bridge. 

If you prefer to drive, or if you use a stroller or wheelchair, the best access point is paid parking in the North Lot, accessible from the A. W. Willis Bridge.

America's Pastime For July 4th

What's more American than a day at the baseball park? The Triple-A World Series Champions, the Memphis Redbirds, host home games at picturesque AutoZone Park in downtown Memphis all summer long. The Independence Day Celebration game is on Wednesday, July 3 at 6:35 p.m. against the New Orleans Baby Cakes, with a special fireworks show after the game.

Watch the future Major Leaguers hit home runs while you chow down on all-American eats like Memphis BBQ nachos, hot dogs with all the fixin's, and local beer. The Redbirds host regular post-game fireworks on Saturday evenings and other fun promotions and specials.

Spend the weekend at Graceland with Pat Benatar 

On July 4, the night sky surrounding one of the most iconic homes in the world will light up during Graceland’s “All-American Party and Firework Extravaganza.” The free evening of family-friendly fun includes live music, take photos with Kyle Busch’s #18 NASCAR show car and other kid’s activities, great food and Elvis Presley’s Memphis™ entry will be free after 7pm. On Saturday night, July 6,  “rock ‘n’ roll royalty,” Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo  appear live in concert on The Soundstage at Graceland. Cap off your holiday weekend on Sunday with “The Great American Sunday Gospel Brunch” at the brand-new Graceland Exhibition Center. Enjoy delicious food while listening to the incredible and inspirational Cummings Street Missionary Baptist Church Choir.

See the complete schedule for Graceland’s  All-American July 4th Weekend, including individual tickets for the gospel brunch and weekend packages, at www.Graceland.com/All-American-July-4-Getaway.

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Join Backbeat Tours for their 6th Annual Red, White and Brew tour for local beers, music, food and a rockin' good time
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Plan a Perfect Picnic

Enjoy the great outdoors and delicious food when you head to one of Memphis’ many parks and green spaces this Fourth of July. 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, which has Rainbow Lake Playground for the kids to enjoy. Take your pick of picnic spots in sprawling Shelby Farms Park, an expanse of 4,500 acres of green space, or retreat to the wilderness at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, where you can picnic among the massive oak, American beech, hickory and sweet gum trees.

Here’s a list of where you can celebrate Independence Day in Memphis and surrounding area. If you're looking for fireworks find the *

July 3

Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center Bartlett
Address: Appling Rd, Bartlett, TN 38133
6 p.m., free
Bartlett’s annual celebration is more than a fireworks bonanza. They’ll have a whole program starting at 6 p.m., including live music and recognition of veterans and officials. Fireworks at 9:10 p.m.
 
H.W. Cox Park
Address: 440 W Powell Rd, Collierville, TN 38017
6 p.m. – 10 p.m., free, all ages
Collierville’s annual Independence Day Celebration at Cox Park kicks off at 6 p.m. with live entertainment and food. Fireworks blast off around 9:30 p.m.
 
USA Stadium in Millington
Address: 4351 Babe Howard Boulevard, Millington, TN 38053
Gates open at 4 p.m., free (parking $5), all ages/kid-friendly
Millington knows how to throw down for Independence Day. This year’s Flag City Freedom Celebration will feature an impressive fireworks display, kids’ area, and live music. Bring your picnics, blankets, and chairs.
 
Memphis Botanic Garden
Address: 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, TN 38117
7 p.m., $30 advance / $35 race day
The annual Stars and Stripes 5K is a rare thing – a race that starts at 7 p.m. instead of 7 a.m. The race, benefiting the American Red Cross, will feature post-race live music and food in a picnic setting.
 

July 4

1400 block of Carr Ave. between Rozelle and Willett
10 a.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Join in a 30-plus year tradition of celebrating America in Midtown during the Central Gardens 4th of July parade. To be considered for the costume contest (for kids, pets, or vehicles) gather at the corner of Rozelle and Carr at 9 a.m. There will be hotdogs, popcorn, sno-cones and drinks for all.
 
Snowden Grove Amphitheater
Address: 6285 Snowden Ln, Southaven, MS 38672
9 p.m., free
Head just across the state line to Southaven, Mississippi for the annual Independence Day celebration. Guests are welcome to bring picnics and coolers.
 
Municipal Park
Address: 1900 S Germantown Rd, Germantown, TN 38138
5 p.m.- 10:30 p.m., free
Head out to Municipal Park for your Germantown Fourth of July experience. Starting at 5 p.m., there will be moon bounces, games, live music and food trucks. Fireworks will begin around 9 p.m.
 
July 4 - 7, Tickets $25 for individual concert to $500 VIP package
Fourth of July fun for all ages, featuring Elvis, rock ‘n’ roll, fireworks, BBQ, movies and NASCAR.
 
Olive Branch City Park
Address: 8267 Goodman Rd, Olive Branch, MS 38654
6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., free
The annual Olive Branch Independence Day Celebration is a picnic-friendly party with fireworks at 9:15 p.m, plus live music from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., food, vendors, and a Kids Zone. Gates open 4 p.m. Arrive early, as the park has limited capacity.
 
Hernando Civic Center
Address: 2601 Elm St, Hernando, MS 38632
6 p.m. – 10 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Head to Hernando Civic Center ball fields with your blankets and chairs for an evening of live music and fireworks after dark.
 
Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular*
Mud Island River Park
Address: 125 N Front St, Memphis, TN 38103
6 p.m., all ages/kid-friendly
Mud Island River Park will host a fireworks spectacular with free kids games and rides, live music, food, drinks and activities. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9.15 p.m.. Visitors are encouraged to bring picnics.