Go Team America: 10 Memphis Fourth of July Events

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 20th 2011 2167 0


The Fourth of July is only a few weeks away, and whether you’re planning to drive across state lines for a DIY fireworks display or leave it to the pros, there are plenty of ways to celebrate. Here are eight Memphis Independence Day events:

Downtown Memphis Fireworks by Lindsey Turner

(photo by Lindsey Turner)

1. Starlight Spectacular, Bellevue Baptist Church, June 26, 6:30 p.m., free

Bellvue Baptist is hosting a pre-Fourth of July celebration on June 26th with fireworks and live music from Sara Groves, the Bellvue Orchestra and Newsong. You’re allowed to bring blankets, lawn chairs, frisbees and a picnic, and food will be available for purchase on-site.

2. Patriotic Pops Concert, Second Presbyterian Church, June 29, 5:30 p.m., $6

World-renown soprano (and Memphian) Kallen Esperian will perform at Second Presbyterian’s Patriotic Pops concert on June 29th. The event also features a dinner that starts at 5:30 p.m., with the concert of patriotic favorites and American standards starting at 6:30 p.m. Childcare will be available for kids age 4 and under.

3. Rock for 4th of July Weekend, Murphy’s, July 1, $5

Murphy’s is kicking off Fourth of July weekend with a cheap rock’n’roll show. Modern Convenience, the Glory Holes, Elevators and DJ Bobby Lee will play the Midtown club on the Friday before the 4th. Cover is $5, and the show is 21 and up.

4. Collierville Independence Day Celebration, H.W. Cox Park, July 2, 6 p.m., free

Collierville’s annual Fourth of July party includes music from Party Planet (starting at 6 p.m.) and blues singer Ruby Wilson. There will also be fireworks, food, and a hospitality tent where food and beverages will be provided for veterans and their families. There’s a free shuttle service between Collierville High School and the park.

5. Bartlett Fireworks Extravaganza, Flaherty Municipal Center, July 2, 6:30 p.m., free

The Bartlett Community Concert band will perform at the suburb’s annual Fireworks Extravaganza. The event lasts until 10 p.m. and includes a car show, kids’ activities, face painting, concessions and a fireworks display.

6. Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Redhawks, AutoZone Park, July 3, 6:05 p.m., $8 – $20

The Rebirds know there’s nothing more all-American than baseball, and they’re throwing down for the 4th of July. There will be a special Independence Day buffet, a Silly Bandz giveaway and fireworks after the game.

7.  Firecracker 5K Run-Walk for St. Jude, The Racquet Club, July 3, 7 p.m.

Support St. Jude on July 4th weekend at the annual Firework 5K. The family-friendly race is open to runners and walkers of all skill levels. After the race, there will be dancing, a pool party and live music from the Jimmy Church Band.

8. Mud Island Fireworks Celebration, Mud Island River Park, July 3rd, 6 p.m., free

There are few better places to watch fireworks than from the middle of the river. Mud Island River Park is having a Fourth of July celebration with fireworks, food, rides and games and paddle boats. Blankets, picnics and lawn chairs are welcome, booze, grills and your personal fireworks arsenal are not.

9. Patriotic Art in the Afternoon, Children’s Museum of Memphis, July 4th, 1 p.m., included in museum admission

Kids of all ages can head to the Children’s Museum of Memphis to create patriotic arts and crafts to take home. The event starts at 1 p.m., and is included in the cost of museum admission (regularly $10 for all ages).

10. City of Germantown Fireworks Extravaganza, Municipal Park, July 4, 5 p.m., free

Bring a lawn chair and a blanket to Germantown’s Municipal Park for an evening of fireworks, food, and family fun (including a moon bounce). The shindig starts at 5 p.m., with the fireworks display at 9:10.

If you’ve got a 4th of July event that you’d like to see on this list, email me and I’ll add it.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. PAMELA DELINE says:


  2. […] fun-filled list of all the Fourth of July events around Memphis in the article, “Go Team America: 10 Memphis Fourth of July Events.” If you haven’t found her blog, I Love Memphis, yet, you’ll want to bookmark it […]

  3. Valerie Hight says:

    The Redbirds have fireworks on both July 2 and July 3. Come see us!

  4. […] in Memphis, you can watch the bombs bursting in air more than once (thanks to the I Love Memphis blog for lots of this info). On both Saturday and Sunday the 2nd and 3d, the Redbirds will toss up some […]

  5. Bill Canaday says:

    Kerry,great work,as always. A reminder that on July 4th,on Aurora Circle in the High-Point Terrace area,they will have their 4th of July Parade.This has been going on for decades;the parade is nice,and The Memphis Fire Dept.is always there for the kids,and there are snacks,such as cookies and Lemonade.Best ,and Happy 4th!

  6. […] still don’t have plans check out these lists of local Memphis celebrations from about.com and the I Love Memphis Blog. Have a safe and happy Independence Day from your team here at Midtown Place! Fireworks visible […]

  7. Emily says:

    Thank you!!! I wish more events were going on the 4th!

  8. Justin says:

    Aren't the Mud Island fireworks on the 4th? The Mud Island website says the 4th, and here it is listed as the 3rd.

  9. April says:

    Justin thats because this is 2011 information. This year will be on the 4th.

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