The ILM Guide to the Fourth of July 2013
Happy Fourth of July! Fire up your grills, drive out of state for some fireworks and get ready to celebrate the birth of the USA.
Here are 11 ways to celebrate Independence Day in Memphis:
Bellevue Baptist Church's annual Fouth of July picnic starts right after church and lasts until dark, when they'll have a fireworks display.. Before that hang out on the church lawn with your picnics, blankets, lawn chairs and frisbees.
If you haven't checked out the Brooks' new Carroll Cloar exhibit, which features paintings of the Mid-South south, check them out on Wednesday, when the Navy Band Mid-South will be playing a patriotic pops concert in the galleries.
Bartlett's annual Fourth of July celebration is a patriotic bonanza of live music (from the Bartlett Community Concert Band), cars, games, face painting, food and, yes, fireworks after dark.
Colliverville's annual celebration in Cox Park includes live music, food and tons of family friendly good times. The party starts at 6 p.m. and the fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m.
As a kid, I particpated in Cordova's annual parade for a few years, so I can vouch for it's particular kind of small town good times. Costumes are encouraged, and all are welcome to watch or participate. Fun fact: it's the only Independence Day parade in Memphis with a judging category for "Best Decorated Float, Wagon or Horse".
Put on your patriotic best, deocrate your bike (or your wagon) and participate in Cooper-Young's annual Independence Day parade. All are welcome to watch or walk in the short parade, and costumes are very much encouraged.
Spend the whole day celebrating at Mud Island River Park. All of the park's usual features will be open, and they'll have rides, games and fireworks (starting at nightfall). You're welcome to bring blankets, chairs, and picnics, but leave your grills, pets and booze at home.
If you're near Germantown, their Fourth of July celebration is in Municipal Park starting at 5 p.m. You're welcome to bring picnics and lawn chairs and enjoy live music, crafts, games and a moon bounce before the fireworks start at 9:10 p.m.
There are few things more American than baseball and hotdogs, especially when said baseball is the Memphis Redbirds putting the hurt on Nashville at AutoZone Park. Stick around after the game for fireworks.
Shelby Farms is celebrating Independence Day with a live concert by the Navy Band Mid-South (aka, the hardest working musicians in Memphis come July 4). Bring the picnics, blankets, lawn chairs and your family, and Shelby Farms will provide the music, games and auxillary food vendors.
If you want one of the best views of the Fourth of July fireworks happening all over the city, drop the $35 to go to the party at Twilight Sky Terrace on the roof of the Madison Hotel. The cover includes food and one drink, and you'll be able to see the fireworks from Mud Island to the west, and the fireworks from everywhere else to the east.
If you know of any other events, add them to the blog's calendar or leave them in the comments and I'll add them to the list.