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101 Things To Do In Memphis #24: July 4th Events 2018

by Melissa Thompson

Celebrate America’s independence here in Memphis with a great lineup of events offering a multitude of different ways to party.

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!

With the theme of “Party Like It’s 1776. Celebrate America’s Birthday in Collierville”, the night will feature a fun celebration of our nation’s birthday along with exciting entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show happening at Cox Park. This year’s emcee is Collierville native and Local Memphis Live host Amy Speropoulos of Local 24 News.

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).

Join fellow citizens of Memphis in the 7th 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.

Bring your chairs and blanket, and enjoy an evening of fellowship as Munford celebrates independence with a free fireworks show at Poplar Park. Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury is sponsoring the Kids Fun Place where there will be free inflatables and a bubble machine. Refreshments will be available as well.

Meet over 400 annual attendees for the Central Gardens 4th of July parade. There will be a costume contest, free refreshments, and live music. (Location TBA)

As always, the annual parade will be happening at Cordova Community Center (1017 Sanga Road). 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.

There will be popsicles and festivities for the young and the young at heart, as well as a contest for the best-decorated wagon, bike, or person. They will be handing out prizes for first, second, and third place!

Celebrate our nation’s independence the All-American way with baseball, a cookout, and fireworks! A specialty ticket option for the Wednesday, July 4 game includes a cookout and a ticket to the game (6:35 p.m.) for one price.

Happening at Municipal Park (1900 S. Germantown Rd.), you’ll get to enjoy live music, inflatables, games, food, and drinks which will be available all throughout the festival. Then, conclude with fireworks!

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.

John Paul Keith will be performing live, so grab some friends and enjoy great music, and delicious food and drinks at Railgarten.


101 Things To Do In Memphis #72: 4th of July Guide To Memphis

by Melissa Thompson

Looking for things to do this July 4th? You are in luck! There are plenty of places to watch fireworks, watch a parade, listen to music and enjoy delicious food in the Memphis area!


Shelby Farms Star-Spangled Celebration
Shelby Farms Park
6903 Great View Drive N
12:00 PM
Free under 10
Blankets & chairs recommended. Picnic baskets allowed, but no coolers. No alcohol can be brought into the event but can be purchased on site. Bathing suits suggested for kids splashing in Water Fun Inflatables. Jeans not permitted on inflatables. This is a newer one of the July 4th Events in Memphis.

Arlington Fireworks
Arlington Sports Complex
11307 Memphis Arlington Rd
6:00 PM
Festivities begin at 6:00pm with fireworks starting at approximately 9:15pm. Contact [email protected] for more details and information.


Flag Collage Craft
2525 Central Avenue
10:00 AM
Free with museum admission.
Craft schedule is subject to change 

Independence Celebration
Overton Square
2101 Madison
7:00 PM
Free with drinks for purchase.
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.


Fireworks Art with Cupcake Liners
2525 Central Avenue
10:00 AM
Free with museum admission.
Craft schedule is subject to change

Millington Freedom Celebration
Navy Lake
6231 Kerrville Rosemark Rd, Millington
5:00 PM
$5 for parking
Bring your picnic basket, blankets, coolers, and lawn chairs! Food and beverage concessions will be available. Alcohol will be sold. Please for the safety of everyone no pets, no fireworks, no open fires, no grills, no tents, no soliciting and no political campaigning. Faithfully Journey will be performing. Come join us for the most spectacular fireworks display in the area.

City of Bartlett Fireworks
Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center
Hwy 70 & Appling Road
6:00 PM
Plan to start the night with live musical entertainment provided by the Bartlett Community Concert Band starting at 6:00 followed by Jamie Baker & the VIP’s at 7:15, activities for all ages including a car display, children’s activities, concessions and more. When the sun goes down the night sky will light up with a spectacular fireworks show!

Fitz Casino Fireworks
Fitz Casino
711 Lucky Ln, Robinsonville, MS 38664
6:00 PM
Watch a spectacular fireworks showcase light up the night sky on the Fitz front lawn. Bring your friends, family, lawn chairs and blankets as you enjoy live entertainment starting at 6pm.

Collierville Indepence Day Celebration
Cox Park
440 West Powell Rd
6:30 PM
Food vendors will be open at 6:00pm, entertainment will begin at 6:30p, & the grand finale fireworks show will start at 9:30p.

Redbirds’ Indepence Celebration
AutoZone Park
200 Union Ave
6:35 PM
$9 and up
The Memphis Redbirds’ Independence Day Celebration on Monday, July 3, presented by AutoZone, includes the biggest postgame fireworks display in AutoZone Park history and a specialty ticket option that includes an All-American baseball picnic!

Memphis Stars & Stripes Kids Run
Memphis Botanic Gardens
750 Cherry Rd
7:00 PM
The race will celebrate the American Red Cross and its Ready Shelby Program and honor our local heroes including military, fire, law enforcement, and first responders.


Central Gardens Parade
Central Gardens
Carr & Willett
8:00 AM
Held on July 4th, the parade is a Central Gardens tradition for more than 30 years. This event attracts 300-400 attendees to the 1500 block of Carr Ave. (between Willett and Rozelle). Join us on Independence Day morning for free refreshments, children’s and pets’ patriotic costume competitions, music and more.

High Point Terrace Parade
High Point
Aurora Circle
9:00 AM
The High Point Terrace neighborhood celebrates its annual Fourth of July parade, as floats, cars and bicycles are decked out in stars and stripes. Probably the longest running of the July 4th Events in Memphis!

Cordova CC Parade
Community Center Grounds
1017 Sanga
9:30 AM
Parade, Judging & Awarding of Prizes. Enjoy Free Refreshments Following the Parade

Cooper Young Parade
Peabody Elementary
2086 Young Ave
10:00 AM
Join us for our annual 4th of July Family Parade! We’re getting excited for this fantastic event and we hope you are, too. This year we’ll feature facepainting from Paint it Cool Body Art, pobsicles, and a contest for the best-decorated wagon, bike, or person!

Fireworks Art with Cupcake Liners
2525 Central Avenue
10:00 AM
Free with museum admission.
Craft schedule is subject to change

Germantown Fireworks
Municipal Park
5:00 PM
Events begins at 5 p.m., fireworks at 9:10 p. Celebrate the nation’s birthday with live music, moon bounces, games, crafts, refreshments and a spectacular fireworks display. No rain date.

July 4th at the Peabody
149 Union Ave
5:00 PM
Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Open to the public. No cover charge. A great view to see all the July 4th Events in Memphis!

Celebrate Your Independence Fireworks
Olive Branch City Park
8267 Goodman Rd
6:00 PM
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to Olive Branch City Park or this free event. Enjoy Kids Zone, great food vendors and more. World class fireworks begin at 9:15pm. Live music entertainment by Skyelor Anderson, followed by a HUGE fireworks display set to music.

Southaven July 4th Celebration
BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
6285 Snowden Lane
6:30 PM
Looking for a fun place to watch 4th of July fireworks? The City of Southaven invites you to its annual July 4th Celebration at Snowden Grove Park, BankPlus Amphitheater. Free admission and picnics and coolers are welcome.

July 4th at Mud Island Park
Mud Island
125 North Front Street
7:00 PM
Bring your family and friends to Mud Island River Park for the 2017 Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular! Grab your blanket, picnic basket, and lawn chairs for a day of family fun!

Riverboat Dinner Cruise
Memphis Riverboats
251 Riverside Dr
7:00 PM
Come enjoy a 2 hour cruise on Ol Man River featuring our Live House Blues and Jazz Band, one trip buffet-style meal, and cash/credit bar. Advance reservations suggested.

Big River Crossing Lights
Harahan Bridge
Downtown Memphis
The bridge will definitely be lit up in red, white and blue, so make plans to watch the lights from Martyr’s Park, Tom Lee Park, or any rooftop. You might want to walk across it and watch during the fireworks show. This will be a one of kind experience.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #69: Independence Day Special Events

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

Thursday JULY 2nd

Patriotic Pops
Levitt Shell, 7:30 p.m. This year’s Patriotic Pops concert will feature Memphis’ own international opera star, Kallen Esperian, singing Broadway favorites such as “Summertime,” “Someone to Watch Over,” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The concert will also include the 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. The evening will conclude with fireworks and the 1812 Overture.

Fireworks Extravaganza
Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center (Bartlett)
Live musical entertainment provided by the Bartlett Community Concert Band starting at 6:30pm followed by Jamie Baker & the VIP’s at 8:15pm, activities for all ages including a car display, games for the children, face painting, concessions and more. Spectacular fireworks show at 9:30pm. All activities will take place on the lawn of the Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center and Appling Middle School.

Friday July 3rd

Fireworks Fun
CMOM, 1-3pm
Let’s learn a little science and make a fun patriotic craft together.  Included with admission.

Independence Day Celebration
H.W. Cox Park (Collierville)
By the photos it looks like live music, fireworks at 9:45pm, event starts at 6:30pm

Saturday, July 4th

Lion’s Club Fishing Rodeo
Municipal Park Lake (Germantown), 9-11am
Age: 4 to 15 years.  Bring a fishing pole, tackle and bait and try to hook the big one. Proceeds benefit the charitable work of the Germantown Lions Club.

Fireworks Extravaganza
Municpal Park (Germantown), 5pm
Events begin at 5pm, fireworks at 9:10pm
Celebrate the nation’s birthday with live music, moon bounces, games, crafts and refreshments. Then be amazed by a spectacular fireworks display. Free activities. Concessions available for purchase.

  • We parked at hobby lobby and walked over to the park where all of the action was. We went back to the car to watch fireworks and it was perfect.
  • Very little shade. There are some shady spots by the playground but the view for the fireworks is not as good there. My 2.5 year old loved it, but it is always very crowded.
  • take a chair, not much shade but the sun is going down so it shouldn’t be too bad and my 2 year old had a blast! Lots of people though.
  • we park at Kroger and actually stay there the whole time- there is a hill that the kids use boxes to slide down and the kids there have so much fun.
  • We like to sit at the corner of neshoba and germantown parkway.

4th of July on the Island
Mud Island River Park, 6pm

Memphis Redbirds
AutoZone Park, 6pm
Enjoy a baseball game with fireworks after the game and live music starting two hours before game time. 



2012 Fireworks Extravaganza

by Your Key to Memphis Team

July 3, 2012 
Date & Time:Tuesday, July 3, 6:30–10:00 p.m.
Location: Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center & Appling Middle School
Details: Bartlett Community Concert at 6:30 p.m.
240 Loop Band at 8:15 p.m.
Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Car show, games for children, face painting, concessions and more!

Date & Time: Tuesday, July 3, 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Location: H.W. Cox Jr. Park
Details: Live music by Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monsters
Fireworks at 9:30

Date: Tuesday, July 3
Location: Navy Lake in Millington
Details: Food, fun, and performances by Navy Band
Admission is $5 per car and festivities all day

July 4, 2012
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 4, 5:00 9:30 p.m.
Location: Municipal Park on Exeter Road
Details: Enjoy fabulous musical entertainment, crafts, train rides, moon bounces, and free games.
Fireworks at 9:10 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, July 4, All day
Location: Mud Island
Details: Mud Island Independence Day Celebration
Day of food, rides, games, live music, and of course fireworks.
Fireworks begin at sun down.

Memphis Redbirds
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 4, 6:05 p.m.
Location: AutoZone Park
Details: Redbirds Home Game
Memphis Redbirds take on Nashville Sounds followed by fireworks and patriotic music.


Fourth of July in Germantown!

by Your Key to Memphis Team

Children ages 4-15 can try to real in the big one at the Germantown Lions Club Fishing Rodeo, at the Municipal Park Lake Wednesday, July 4, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. What a way to kick off the Fourth of July! Do not forget to bring your fishing pole and bait. Not only will you have a wonderful time fishing, but you will also be helping the Lions Club, since all proceeds will go to benefit their charitable work.

Later in the evening, around 5:00 p.m., July 4 make your way to Municipal Park on Exeter Road to enjoy fabulous musical entertainment, crafts, train rides, moon bounces, and free games. Whatever you do, do not miss the incredible Germantown fireworks extravaganza beginning at 9:10 p.m. You will not want to miss it. Germantown puts on a magnificent firework show and it is truly something to see!

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Memphis in May 2012 Sunset Symphony

by Your Key to Memphis Team

Spend a relaxing day down by the river listening to an orchestra playing beautiful music in the background, while enjoying the gorgeous view of the sun setting on the river. Make the day even more incredible by packing the perfect picnic dinner to share with your friends and family. No worries, if you forget anything there will be plenty of great food and beverage vendors on site for your convenience. Just remember to bring cash, since that is the only method of payment most vendors will accept. The Memphis in May Sunset Symphony Orchestra offers special family friendly entertainment and the kids will really love the amazing firework show!
Tom Lee Park on Riverside Drive between Beale Street and Georgia Avenue in downtown Memphis.
Date and Time:
Saturday, May 26 -- 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Event Schedule:
4:30pm Company d
6:00pm Air Show
7:30pm Memphis Symphony Orchestra with special guest The Bar-Kays
9:00pm Firework Finale
$9.00 at the gate
Free admission for children 6 and under

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If you have not been to South Main Trolley Night, you should go tonight. It is from 6-9pm at the South Main Historic District between South Main and Vance. If you are looking for something fun for the kids, take them to see Nickelodeon’s popular preschool music group; Fresh Beat Band at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, tonight Friday, April 27.

Don’t miss the GreenUp Memphis Festival featuring the latest in everything green, including: environmental exhibits, green transportation, guided downtown hikes, children's contests, and a variety of food, beverages, live music and much more! The GreenUp Memphis Festival is Saturday April, 28 between South Front at GE Patterson, 10am – 2pm. Go see the fireworks show at the Memphis Redbirds game on Saturday, April 28 at AutoZone Park.

Watch your favorite restaurants as they compete in four events for cash and prizes at the Beale Street Wine Race, Sunday, April 29 at 1pm.
For more events going on this weekend in Memphis Click Here.

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Memphis TN 38120
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(901) 756-8900
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