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Celebrate ‘Merica in Memphis: 4th of July Events Guide

Photo: Mike Kerr

How should you celebrate our country’s independence this year? We’ve got you! We have highlighted some exciting events for anyone and everyone who wants to party like it’s 1776!

Pre-4th Celebrations:

  • Sunday (6/30) – Independence Celebration in Chimes Square (7 PM – 9 PM)
    • Overton Square is throwing a family-friendly celebration featuring a free outdoor concert by the 129th Army Band. You can catch the Amurica Photo Booth and Mili’s Flower Truck while enjoying local brews, burgers & dogs from Belly Acres, and kid-friendly crafts.
  • Wednesday (7/3) — Stars & Stripes III (8PM-12AM)
    • Celebrate our independence this year at Playhouse on the Square with The Cocktail Party Network’s Fourth of July kickoff event. This year, they are bringing you ALL VIP passes to enjoy a multitude of benefits including a complimentary wine/champagne bar, live entertainment, and access to both floors. Not only will you have an incredible night, but you will also be supporting the local organization Families Matter! Tickets range from $10-$400.
  • Wednesday (7/3) — AutoZone Park Independence Day @ 5 PM
    • This year’s Memphis Redbirds Fourth of July celebration will be a home-run for you and your family and friends! For less than $30 a person, you’ll receive a ticket to the game along with access to an all-you-can-eat buffet that includes all of the iconic Fourth of July eats! The night will end with the largest fireworks show in the history of AutoZone Park!
  • Wednesday (7/3) — City of Bartlett Fireworks Extravaganza @ 6 PM
    • Celebrate our nation’s birthday with a Star Spangled Extravaganza featuring fireworks that’ll light up the Bartlett sky, live entertainment by the Bartlett Area Chorus, concessions, a car show, and much more to live it up in the spirit of “America.”
  • Wednesday (7/3) — Memphis Stars & Stripes 5K (7 PM-9:30 PM)
    • Lace up those sneaks and hit the ground running, literally. This race is the finale of the M-Town Series, and there’ll be awesome live music and tasty post-race grub that you can reward yourself with after a job well done.
  • Wednesday (7/3) — Collierville Independence Day Celebration (6 PM-10 PM)
    • The annual Collierville Independence Day Celebration is back again with live entertainment, food, and fireworks all going down in Cox Park.
  • Wednesday (7/3) — America Bless God, Independence Day: A Memphis Music Tribute to the US @  7 PM
    • This multi-media concert brings together members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, students from the University of Memphis, and the LYE Ballet dancers for a multi-cultural performance in celebration of the U. S of A.
fireworks at big river crossing by Mike Kerr f8inmemphis

Photo: Mike Kerr/@f8inmemphis

Do it up for America’s Birthday:

  • Central Gardens July 4th Parade @ 9 AM
    • Hey Memphis, ready your glue guns! It’s time to start decorating for Central Garden’s annual July 4th Parade! What could be better than celebrating the 4th with family? We know! Celebrating the 4th with family plus dogs in costumes and decked out vehicles.
  • Cooper Young 4th of July Parade @ 10 AM
    • Join the Cooper-Young community at their annual 4th of July Family Parade event where there’ll be Mempops, face painting, a balloon artist, and a best-dressed or decorated person, wagon, or bike.
  • Flag City Freedom Celebration @ 4 PM
    • Bring the family out to Millington and celebrate the 4th the right way with good food, live music, fun activities, and incredible fireworks. You just can’t go wrong with a classic 4th of July celebration spent with the people you love!
  • Germantown Fireworks Extravaganza (5 PM to 9:45 PM)
    • Make this 4th one to remember by attending the annual Germantown Fireworks Extravaganza! Perfect for families, there will be moon bounces, live music, food trucks, arts and crafts, and an incredible fireworks show!
  • Independence Day Spectacular (6 PM to 10 PM)
    • Catch all the island vibes this fourth by hangin’ at Mud Island Park. With free admission, multiple band performances, and a fireworks show, you don’t want to miss out on this SPECTACULAR event.
  • The Peabody Rooftop Party @ 6 PM
    • Watch fireworks while overlooking the city and listening to incredible live music by Bluff City Bandits at The Peabody. They are offering guests two separate entry packages which both feature a delicious menu. Tickets start at $15.
  • 4th of July Fireworks Standup Paddle (7:30 PM-9:30 PM)
    • Join SUP901 on the Mississippi as they cast out on their boards to watch the fireworks from the harbor. Issa BYOB (Bring Your Own Board) float, but registration includes lights to make your board night-time compliant with TN Boating Laws. Tickets: $18
  • Kayaks under the Fireworks (8 PM-10 PM)
    • You’ll have the best seat in the house to see the fireworks show at Mud Island as you cast out from the riverfront with Kayak Memphis. Single and double kayaks will be available for rent, and boat rentals will depart from the Cobblestone Landing (next to the River Garden downtown). Tickets: $30-$50
  • Red White and Bougie Party (10 PM-2 AM)
    • Make your way to Brickwood Hall where you can shake it ’til the wee hours of the night during “the biggest 4th of July party!” There’ll be DJ’s spinning, lights shining, and booties twerking. Tickets: $5-$150
  • Thursday, July 4 to Sunday, July 7 — All-American July 4th Getaway 
    • Treat yourself to a four-day Graceland getaway to celebrate Independence Day. Kick off the day by enjoying the exhibits, shops, and restaurants at Elvis Presley’s Memphis for free before 7PM and end the the first night with an unforgettable fireworks show accompanied by some of Elvis’s classic hits. Relax for the rest of the weekend by hanging by the pool, attending movie nights, touring the Graceland mansion, and watching performances by iconic musicians like Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo in addition to the The Great American Sunday Gospel Brunch featuring the Cummings Street Missionary Baptist Church Choir. 

Keep the party going:

  • Friday, July 5 to Saturday, July 6 — 4th of July Weekend Celebration 
    • Here’s a groovy idea: 4th of July Weekend spent partying with PC Band. Have the time of your life dancing the night away at the Paradise Entertainment Center. Attendees can purchase food on-site. Tickets start at $25.
  • Saturday (6/6) — 6th Annual Red, White and Brew Tour @ 6 PM
    • Pizza and beer, the all American meal, are on the menu for the Red, White and Brew Tour. Hop on the Mojo Music bus where you’ll not only be transported to Memphis Made and High Cotton Breweries, but you’ll enjoy live entertainment from a local musician and pizza along the way. Tickets: $35/adult

Did we miss a ‘Merica celebration? Let us know in the comments!

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