Barbecue! Fireworks! Music! Soak up what Memphis has to offer on this beautiful day. Below we have a list for where to watch fireworks and more. You’ll want to make sure you know where to spend the 4th ahead of time.
- July 2nd, 4th – Levitt Shell – Midtown
On July 2nd you can celebrate with Patriotic Pops. This year’s concert will feature Second Presbyterian chancel choir and orchestra leading patriotic favorites such as “God Bless America,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and our traditional Armed Forces salute. Memphis’ own international opera star, Kallen Esperian, will be doing Broadway favorites from Gershwin and others. The evening will conclude with fireworks and the 1812 Overture. On July 4th you can watch Cory Branan perform as well. Bring food and friends to make both nights truly special.
- July 3rd – 5th – America Weekend at the Rec Room – Free
The Rec Room on Broad Ave will be celebrating the 4th in style with live streaming of the Grateful Dead, grilling that you can enjoy for a small fee, periodic fireworks streamed on their 6 giant screens and more. Play everything from Contra on Nintendo to Mortal Kombat on XBox One in their living rooms with friends, while drinking beer. Pitchers of craft beer will be available for $15. Industrial beer will be available for $10/pitcher. Bathing suits are welcome.
- July 3rd – Autozone Park – Downtown
On July 3rd experience the post-game celebration at Autozone Park. The Redbirds will be playing the Oklahoma City Dodgers with a fireworks theme of “red, white, and BOOM.” The first pitch is at 6:05 pm.
- July 3rd – Independence Day Celebration – Collierville
On July 3rd watch fireworks at the 30th Annual Independence Day Celebration. The fireworks begin at 9:45 pm. The event will be held at H.W. Cox Park.
- July 3rd – Flag City Freedom Celebration – Millington
There will be live entertainment, food, music, and fun for all to enjoy. On July 3, bring a lawn chair and watch fireworks light up Millington. No pets are allowed.
- July 3rd – Fireworks Celebration – Germantown
This Celebration takes place at Cummings Street Missionary Baptist Church (8800 Winchester) from 6pm-9pm. There will be food, activities, a petting zoo, a magician, live music, and fireworks!
- July 4th – Celebrate 4th of July at Overton Square – Free
Several shops and restaurants in Overton Square will be open with specials all day long. Go here for the details.
- July 4th – Central Gardens Annual Parade – Midtown
This annual parade has been a tradition for more than 40 years and begins at 10am. It will span the 1400 block of Carr Avenue between Rozelle and Willett. Registration to march in the parade starts at 9:30am at the Rozelle corner. There will be a contest for best costumed group, best decorated stroller, best decorated bike, best decorated vehicle, and more. New for this year is a photography contest where everyone is invited to share their best photos from the parade using the hashtag #CGAParade on Twitter and Instagram. There will be 3 winners who will win prizes from Alchemy and more. There will be free hot dogs, sno cones and more following the parade.
- July 4th – Stars and Stripes 5k – Tiger Lane
Race past fire trucks and the Memphis Mounties, down Tiger Lane through Midtown Memphis and back to the finish. Enjoy refreshing watermelon, grilled hotdogs and burgers, sodas, beer, chips, salsa and live music by “The Remedy.” Pack a picnic for the family and stick around for kids’ activities presented by the Children’s Museum of Memphis and The Have A Standard Foundation. At dusk, sit back on the lawn and take in a fireworks show high in the sky above Tiger Lane.
- July 4th – Twilight Sky Terrace – Downtown
The Terrace rooftop bar will be open with the best Fireworks views in Memphis. There will be a Live DJ and themed cocktails. Doors open at 4pm. This event is 21+ only and will have a $20 cover.
- July 4th – Fireworks Extravaganza – Germantown
Activities begin at 5 p.m., fireworks at 9:10 p.m. Celebrate the nation’s birthday with live music, moon bounces, games, crafts and refreshments. Then be amazed by a spectacular fireworks display. Concessions available for purchase. No rain date.
- July 4th – 4th of July Parade – Cordova
The parade starts at 9:50am and there will be free refreshments afterwards. There will be awards for 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, Best Over-all Adult Entry, and more.
- July 4th – 4th of July Celebration – Mud Island
Spend the 4th of July on Mud Island. There will be fireworks, food and family-friendly fun. Fireworks will start around 9:45pm.
- July 4th – 4th of July Celebration – Downtown
This celebration is one hundred percent free admission with music at Handy Park (200 Beale St) and fireworks start around 9:45pm. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy music, fireworks, and then a night out in Downtown Memphis. Some of the best spots for watching fireworks are from Beale Street Landing, Twilight Sky Terrace (cover required), the Peabody Hotel rooftop, and any parking garage or rooftop by the river. Since traffic will be busy immediately afterwards, we suggest grabbing drinks or a late night Soul Burger afterwards.
- July 4th – Devil Train – Midtown
Catch Devil Train at the Buccaneer after the fireworks.