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Guide to 4th of July Events in Memphis 2017

Photo: Mike Kerr/@f8inmemphis
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Photo: Mike Kerr/@f8inmemphis

Looking for things to do in Memphis this 4th of July weekend? You’re in luck.

Throughout the city, there are plenty of places to watch fireworks, listen to music, chow down on food, and more. Scroll down this list for places and events coming up you need to look out for.

Fireworks:

  • The Great American Family Picnic and Fireworks: June 25th – 6:30pm – Free
    • Bellevue Baptist Church will host an Independence Celebration starting at 6:30 pm. Live music will be playing to add to the festivities.
    • You can bring lawn chairs, blankets, food, and drinks. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase.
  • Patriotic Pops at Levitt Shell: June 29th – 7:30pm – Free
    • Levitt Shell continues its free concert series with the annual Patriotic Pops celebration.
    • It will feature live music starting at 7:30, running until 9:30. It concludes with a fireworks show. Bring a blanket, chairs, some snacks and drinks, and enjoy the show.
  • Shelby Farms Star-Spangled Celebration: July 1st – 12pm to 10pm – $8-$12 and children 10 and under are free (laser show, no fireworks**)
    • This is an all-day celebration at Memphis’ largest park. The event runs from 12 pm-10 pm. It will feature various entertainment and musical acts, such as the Susan Marshall Band. There will also be water games and inflatables, food trucks, and a beer + wine garden. All of the festivities will conclude with the largest laser show in Tennessee featuring the Memphis Wind Symphony.
    • Pre-sale tickets are on sale now through June 30th. Get them at the early bird rate here. They will go up $2 on the day of the event.
  • Memphis Redbirds’ Independence Celebration: July 3rd – $9 to $75
    • Your Memphis Redbirds will be closing out an 8 game home-stand on July 3rd against the New Orleans Baby Cakes at 6:35 pm. After the game at AutoZone Park, will put on their largest fireworks show in the history of the stadium. There will only be three more opportunities to see Redbirds fireworks this year, so be sure to be there on the 3rd.
    • Prior to the game, the Redbirds are hosting a picnic starting at 5 pm. There will be burgers, hot dogs, chips, drinks, desserts, and $2 beer available in the lobby.
    • Tickets that include access to the picnic start at $20. For more details on this special deal, click here.
    • During the game, the Redbirds will be wearing brand new 4th of July themed jerseys. These will then be auctioned off with all proceeds going towards the Redbirds Community fund. Those who win get field access after the game to meet the players and coaches. To learn more, click here.
    • For details on regular tickets and seating, click here.
  • City of Bartlett Fireworks Extravaganza: July 3rd – 6pm to 9:15pm – Free
    • Bartlett’s fireworks show is fun for all ages and FREE for all ages. The opening ceremony is at 6 pm and the fireworks begin at 9:15 pm. In between those times, you can enjoy food and drinks (no alcohol) you packed yourself or from vendors that will be on site. So, pack a lawn chair, blanket, and enjoy the show.
    • It will take place at Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center (Hwy 70 & Appling Road).
  • Collierville Independence Day Celebration: July 3rd – 6:30pm to 9:30pm – Free
    • If you live in Collierville and are looking for fireworks closer to home, plan to be at Cox Park (440 West Powell Road) on July 3rd.
    • The festivities start at 6:30 pm and the fireworks begin at 9:30 pm!
    • Food and drinks will be available at the park but you can bring your own as well.
  • Millington Flag City Freedom Celebration: July 3rd – 5 pm to 10 pm – $5 (for parking)
    • Millington’s Independence Day Celebration is being held at USA Stadium (4351 Babe Howard Boulevard, Millington, TN 38053).
    • Gates open at 4 pm and the event starts at 5 pm. Parking is $5 per car with limited spots available so be sure to make it on time.
    • You are welcome to bring lawn chairs, coolers, and blankets (no pets). Concessions will be also be available including alcohol.
    • There will be live music, a free children’s area, and the night will close with a fireworks display.
  • Germantown Fireworks Extravaganza: July 4th – 5pm to 9:30pm – Free
    • Location: Municipal Park (1900 S. Germantown Rd. Germantown, Tennessee 38138).
    • Live music, inflatables, games, food, and drinks will all be available all throughout the festival and it will conclude with fireworks.
  • 4th of July at the Peabody: July 4th – 5pm to 10pm – Free
    • What could be more Memphis than watching fireworks from the roof of the iconic Peabody hotel?
    • Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the night.
  • Riverboat Dinner Cruise: July 4th – $10-$45 based on age
    • Enjoy an elegant 2-hr riverboat dinner cruise while watching the downtown fireworks.
    • The riverboat boards at 7 pm and departs at 7:30 pm. For details on ticket prices and to book a seat, click here.
  • 4th of July at Mud Island Park: July 4th
    • Spend the 4th of July on Mud Island for a day filled with festivities.
    • Paddle Boats, Mississippi River Museum, River Walk, Pedal Boats, Pontchartrain Fountain, Live Music, Kiddie Rides & Games, and Food & Drinks will all be available to the public.
    • And of course, the night will conclude with a fantastic fireworks display. Mud Island has announced more details to come, so keep up with their website here.
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Photo: Central Gardens Association

Parades:

  • Central Gardens Annual Independence Day Parade: July 4th- 10am – Free
    • Meet over 400 annual attendees at the 1500 block of Carr Ave. (between Willett and Rozelle) for the Central Gardens 4th of July parade. There will be a costume contest, free refreshments, and live music.
    • The costume contest begins at 9:15 at the corner of Rozelle and Carr, so be there early. It will finish by 9:30 and the parade will commence at 10 am.
  • Peabody Elementary 4th of July Parade: July 4th – 10am to 12pm – Free
    • Location: Peabody Elementary (2086 Young Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38104)
    • Come decked out in your most patriotic attire, bikes and wagons. There will be a contest for the most patriotic in those categories.
    • It starts at 10 am and goes till 12 pm. During that time, face paint and popsicles will be available as well.
  • Cordova Community Center Independence Day Celebration: July 4th – 10am – Free
    • Location: Cordova Community Center (1017 Sanga Road, Cordova, TN)
    • There will also be a costume contest and awards for the following categories: Best Child in Costume, Best Decorated Bicycle, Tricycle or Pet, Best Decorated Float, Wagon or Horse, Best Decorated Motorized Vehicle, Best Over-all Children’s Entry, and Best Over-all Adult Entry.
    • For those wishing to enter the parade, you will need to check in at the Community Center by 9 am. The parade will begin at 10 am.
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Fireworks at The Buccaneer Lounge by @f8inmemphis

Other Patriotic Events:

  • Red, White, and Brew Tour: July 1st – $39
    • Hosted by Ghost River Brewing Co., High Cotton Brewing Co., and BackBeat Tours.
    • You’ll meet at 143 Beale St and head to High Cotton Brewing and then Ghost River Brewing. After touring the breweries and sampling their beer, you will then enjoy pizza from Aldo’s pizza.
    • The pizza, beer, and two souvenir glasses are all included. Book your seats online or by calling 901-527-9415.
  • Cooper-Young Farmers Market 4th of July Preparation: July 1st – 8am – 1pm
    • If you’re looking for items for your own 4th of July party, come down to the Cooper-Young Farmers Market.
    • To go along with all of the great vendors, there will be beer, hot dogs, and other items made at the farmers market available for you to enjoy.
    • Local artist Stephen Chopek will be performing to add to the festivities, and the Streetdog Foundation will have puppies on deck for you to pet. If you end up falling for one, they are adoptable as well!
  • Independence Celebration at Overton Square: July 2nd – 7pm to 9pm
    • Join Overton Square for a family-friendly Independence Celebration concert in the Tower Courtyard on Sunday, July 2.
    • Enjoy the rockin’ sounds of the Jackson Regiment from Mississippi’s 41st Army Band as they tell the Army story through their toe-tapping, upbeat music. The Fire Museum of Memphis joins the party with fun vintage fire trucks, and will be on hand to teach our youngest visitors more important summer fire safety tips.
    • A selection of local beers and seasonal refreshments will be available for purchase. Folding chairs and blankets are welcome; no coolers or outside alcoholic beverages, please. This concert is free and open to the public.
    • The Independence Celebration is proud to welcome Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Inc., helping Memphis’ homeless and disabled military veterans through support services.
  • Memphis Stars and Stripes 5K: July 3rd – $10-35
    • Join fellow citizens of Memphis in the 6th annual 5K benefiting the American Red Cross and its Ready Shelby program. It also honors our local Memphis heroes, including military, fire, law enforcement, and first responders. The race will be held at the Memphis Botanic Gardens at 7 pm.
    • After the race, racers will receive finishing medals and there will be live music as well as food and drinks available.
    • For details on ticket prices and how to pick up your racing bib, click here.
  • Big River Crossing Lights: July 4th – Free
    • The Big River Crossing bridge will be lit up with 4th of July colors to celebrate Independence day.
  • Rec Room Memphis – July 4th 
    • Rec Room will be showing Independence Day on the big screens with sound and offering $2 red, white, and blue jello shots.
  • Sunset Session Rooftop Cocktail Experience: July 3rd – $15 pre-sale tickets, $20 Gen. Ad.
    • Come out to the Old Dominick Distillery (305 South Front Street, Memphis, TN) on July 3rd to kick off Independence Day.
    • The event runs from 6 pm to 12 am and features bottomless Sangritas until 8 pm with the purchase of a pre-sale ticket. There is a premium cash bar, live DJ’s, and a great view of the city lights.
    • Get tickets here.
  • The Fast Mothers Bar Spangled Celebration – July 4th – 8 pm to 12 am – Free
    • Celebrate Independence Day with the Fast Mothers at Murphy’s Bar (1589 Madison Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38104).
    • Admission is free. So come out and enjoy live music and drinks available all night.
  • Bip’s July 4th Blowout – July 4th – 7pm to midnight
    • Music by HEELS, Indeed, We Digress, Crockett Hall, Rob Black, Hotel, Banned Anthem, San Salida , Negro Terror, and Bip Jeffers. Visuals by Parks Unknown with a fireworks display.

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