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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 rooftop at The Peabody Memphis will have spectacular views, does not have a cover charge and will have snacks and drinks available for purchase. 

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. with fireworks at 9:15. For the first time you'll be able to watch the fireworks from the water. Rent a canoe or kayak from Allen’s Kayaking Adventures and Ghost River Canoe and Kayak Club from the cobblestones by Beale Street Landing. Rentals will cost $20 for an hour or bring-your-own-kayak for a $10 launch fee. More details and tickets are available here. Access the island via the monorail or walk bridge located at 125 N. Front Street. A round-trip monorail ticket will cost $4 and you can walk across the pedestrian bridge for free. A limited number of parking spots will be available on Mud Island for $10.

All Memphis River Parks will provide a great view of the fireworks, and RiverPlay in Tom Lee Park just south of Beale Street Landing offers free half-court basketball, lawn games and sports equipment rental from the GrizzFit gear shack which will be open until 8 p.m.. Riverside Drive from Beale St. to Georgia St. will close to traffic at 6 PM, so there will be no parking available at the park, however you'll find many parking options throughout the dowtown area just a short walk, bike or scooter away. Use Explore Bike Share or the new Bird scooter service to get to the parks.

While visitors are encouraged to bring picnics and snacks, no alcohol is permitted in the parks. 

Fireworks over the Mississippi River in Memphis
A Family in Overton Park
AutoZone Park
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.

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

June 28

*Patriotic Pops

Levitt Shell
7:30 p.m., free, all ages
The Memphis Symphony with the Second Presbyterian Church choir perform patriotic songs and there will be fireworks! Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass will be special guests.

June 30

Backbeat Tours‘ Red, White, and Brew Tour

Leaves from B.B. King’s on Beale Street
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., $39, 21 and up
The only bus tour in town to feature live music, Backbeat Tours will take you to two Memphis breweries for tours and tastings. Toast to the U.S. at High Cotton Brewing and Memphis Made, then get Aldo’s pizza. For reservations call 901-527-9415. 

July 3

*Flag City Freedom Celebration

USA Stadium in Millington
Gates open at 4 p.m., free (parking $5), all ages/kid-friendly
Millington knows how to throw down for Independence Day. The city and the Millington naval base are teaming up for the Flag City Freedom Celebration on Tuesday, July 3 for an impressive fireworks display, kids’ area, live music. Bring your picnics, blankets, and chairs. Read details here.

*Bartlett Fireworks Extravaganza

Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center Bartlett
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 9:15 p.m.

*Collierville Independence Day Celebration

H.W. Cox Park
6 p.m. – 10 p.m., free, all ages
Collierville’s annual Independence Day Celebration is at Cox Park with live music and food vendors at 6 p.m. and fireworks blasting off at about 9:30 p.m. Rain date July 4.

Stars and Stripes 5K

Memphis Botanic Garden
7 p.m., $25 advance / $35 on 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 will start and finish at the Memphis Botanic Garden – and benefits the American Red Cross. They’ll have live music and food.

July 4

Central Gardens 4th of July Parade

1400 block of Carr Ave. Between Rozelle and Willett
10 a.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Join in a 30+ year tradition of celebrating America in midtown during the Central Gardens 4th of July in Memphis 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. They will have hotdogs, watermelon, son-cones and cookies, and possibly a fire engine water spray.

Cooper Young Community Association Independence Day Parade

Cooper Young
10 a.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly

Get dressed up in your best patriotic wear, decorate your bikes and wagons, and meet up at the Peabody Elementary School parking lot for this community tradition. They’ll have popsicles to fight the heat, plus some fun outdoor activities to keep the kids active and happy. Children and pets are welcome and encouraged to join the parade.

*Southaven July 4th Celebration

BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove 
Gates open at 4 p.m., entertainment at 6 p.m., free
Head just across the state line to Southaven, Mississippi for the annual Independence Day celebration. Entertainment at the BankPlus Amphitheater begins at 6 p.m. (picnics and coolers are welcome) and the fireworks start at about 9:15 p.m.

* Peabody Rooftop Fireworks Viewing

The Peabody Memphis
5 p.m. – 10 p.m., free, all ages 
Watch the downtown Memphis 4th of July fireworks from the rooftop of the historic Peabody Hotel. They’ll have snacks and drinks available for purchase. This is a chill, family-friendly affair, so don’t get it confused with a Rooftop Party. No cover charge, but please leave chairs and coolers at home for this one.

*Germantown Fireworks Extravaganza

Municipal Park
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, crafts and food for sale, with the fireworks starting around 9 p.m.

*Olive Branch Independence Day Celebration

Oliver Branch City Park 
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. Arrive early as the park has limited capacity.

*Hernando Independence Day Fireworks

Hernando Civic Center
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.

*Memphis Redbirds 4th of July Celebration

AutoZone Park
6:35 p.m., $9+, all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate America’s pastime at the Redbirds v. on Wednesday, July 4. They’ll have fireworks and a jersey auction, and special cookout tickets that include an all-you-can-eat burgers and hot dogs buffet; those tickets are $20 for Field Box or $23 for Dugout seats.

*Independance Day Fireworks Spectacular 

Mud Island River Park
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 6PM. Fireworks will be shot at 9.15PM. For the first time you'll be able to watch the fireworks from the water. Visitors are encouraged to bring picnics but reminded that no alcohol is permitted in the parks. Fireworks start at 9:15 .