365 Things to Do in Memphis #177: Celebrate Independence Day 15 Ways

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 25th 2012 1390 0

Updated June 2017

Grab your family, pack up a picnic and celebrate Independence Day in Memphis. Here’s a comprehensive list of all of the Independence Day celebrations around town.


*Patriotic Pops, Levitt Shell, June 29, 7:30 p.m., free, all ages
The Memphis Symphony with the Second Presbyterian Church choir perform patriotic songs and there will be fireworks! There are other concerts June 30-July 2, but not the actual 4th.

*Memphis Redbirds v. New Orleans, AutoZone Park, June 30 – July 3, $9 and up, all ages
What’s more American than baseball? Head to the ballpark daily June 30 through July 3 for games and promotions. There will be post game fireworks on Saturday, July 1 and Monday, July 3.

Star-Spangled Celebration, Shelby Farms Park, July 1, noon to 10 p.m., $8 and up, all ages/kid-friendly
Head out to Shelby Farms for a day of music, food, and fun (a slider contest, a tomato growing contest, water games and more) and a huge laser light show. All proceeds benefit Shelby Farms. Get your tickets before June 30 and save some money – it’s $10 per person or $30 for a family of four for non-members, slightly less for members. Children 10 and under are free.

Backbeat Tours‘ Red, White, and Brew Tour, leaves from B.B. King’s, July 1, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., price TBA, 21 and up
The only bus tour in town to feature live music, Backbeat Tours will take you to two Memphis breweries for tours and tastings. Toast to the U.S. at High Cotton Brewing and Ghost River Brewing. Get more info on Backbeat’s Facebook page.

*Flag City Freedom Celebration, USA Stadium in Millington, July 3, gates open at 4 p.m.., free (parking $5)
Millington knows how to throw down for Independence Day. The city and the Millington naval base are teaming up for the Flag City Freedom Celebration. Head to USA Stadium for an impressive fireworks display.

*Bartlett Fireworks Extravaganza, Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center Bartlett , July 3, 6 p.m., free
Bartlett’s annual celebration is more than a fireworks bonanza. They’ll have a whole program starting at 6 p.m. including live music and recognition of veterans and officials. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

*Collierville Independence Day Celebration, H.W. Cox Park, July 3, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., free, all ages
Collierville’s annual Independence Day Celebration is at Cox Park with live music and food vendors at 6 p.m. and fireworks blasting off at about 9:30 p.m.

Stars and Stripes 5K, Memphis Botanic Garden, July 3, 7 p.m., $25 advance / $30 on race day
The annual Stars and Stripes 5K is a rare thing – a race that starts at 7 p.m. instead of 7 a.m. The race will start and finish at a new venue this year – Memphis Botanic Garden – and benefits the American Red Cross. They’ll have live music and food.

Central Gardens 4th of July Parade, 10 a.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Join in a 30+ year tradition of celebrating America in midtown during the Central Gardens 4th of July in Memphis parade. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and spans the 1400 block of Carr Ave. between Rozelle and Willett. To be considered for the costume contest (for kids, pets, or vehicles) gather at the corner of Rozelle and Carr at 9 a.m. There are usually free snacks for the kids, music, and more.

Cooper Young Community Association Independence Day Parade, Cooper Young, July 4, 10 a.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Get dressed up in your best patriotic wear, decorate your bikes and wagons, and meet up at the Peabody Elementary School parking lot for this community tradition. They’ll have popsicles to fight the heat, plus some fun outdoor activities to keep the kids active and happy. Children and pets are welcome and encouraged to join the parade.

*Germantown Fireworks Extravaganza, Municipal Park, July 4, 5 p.m., free
Head out to Municipal Park for your Germantown Fourth of July experience. Starting at 5 p.m., there will be moon bounces, games, crafts and food for sale, with the fireworks starting later.

Peabody Rooftop Fireworks Viewing, July 4, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., free, all ages 
Watch the downtown Memphis 4th of July fireworks from the rooftop of the historic Peabody Hotel. They’ll have snacks and drinks available for purchase. This is a chill, family-friendly affair, so don’t get it confused with a Rooftop Party. No cover charge, but please leave chars and coolers at home for this one.

*Olive Branch Independence Day Celebration, Olive Branch City Park (8267 Goodman Road), July 4, 6 p.m., free
The annual Olive Branch Independence Day Celebration is a picnic-friendly party with fireworks at 9 p.m, plus food, vendors, and a Kids Zone. They’re saying to arrive early – the park has limited capacity.

*Southaven July 4th Celebration, BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove, July 4, 6:30 p.m., free
Head just across the state line to Southaven, Mississippi for the annual Independence Day celebration. Entertainment at the BankPlus Amphitheater opens at 6:30 p.m. (picnics and coolers are welcome) and the fireworks start at about 9 p.m.

*4th of July Celebration, Mud Island River Park/Downtown, July 4, times TBA, free to watch
I don’t have any details yet, but Mud Island usually hosts shindig and evening fireworks on July 4. I’ll add details as soon as I can. You can also take a riverboat dinner cruise and see the fireworks.

Overton Square Fourth of July, Overton Square, details TBA
You can bet that Overton Square’s shops and bars are going to throw down for Independence Day in Memphis. Or at the very least, have some specials. Details forthcoming.

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. Kip Gordon says:

    Thanks for the list, helps me plan out my calendar of events!

  2. Steve Basar says:

    Midtown holds a 4th of July parade every year on Carr Avenue at 10 a.m

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  4. Grant says:

    Great list! This will make my planning much easier….

  5. Zach says:

    Southaven only has one 'h.'

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