The ILM Guide to the Fourth of July 2013

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 3rd 2013 589 0

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:

Fourth of July

1. Great American Family Picnic and Fireworks, Bellevue Baptist, June 30, all afternoon / evening, free

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.

2. Live in the Galleries: Navy Band Mid-South, Brooks Musuem of Art, July 3, 12 p.m., included in admission

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.

3. Bartlett Fireworks Extravaganza, Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center, July 3, 6:30 p.m., free

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.

4. Collierville Independence Day Celebration, H.W. Cox Park, July 3, 6 p.m., free

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.

5. Cordova Independence Day Celebration and Parade, Cordova Community Center, July 4, 9:30 a.m., free

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".

6. Cooper-Young Fourth of July Parade, Peabody Elementary School, July 4, 10 a.m., free

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.

7. Mud Island Fourth of July Celebration, Mud Island River Park, July 4, all day, free

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.

8. City of Germantown Fourth of July Celebration, Municipal Park, July 4, 5 p.m., free

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.

9. Memphis Redbirds Red White and Boom, AutoZone Park, July 4, 6:05 p.m., various prices

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.

10. Freedom Concert, Shelby Farms Park, July 4, 6:30, $5 adults, kids under 12 free

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.

11. Twilight Sky Terrace Fourth of July Party, Twilight Sky Terrace, July 4, 7 p.m., $35, 21+

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.


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. Don't forget about the Central Gardens July 4th parade. It's a 30 + year tradition! On July 4 – Carr between Willett & Rozelle. Starts at 10:00. Parade registration begins at 9:15. Prizes for costumes, snacks and drinks. See our FB page or website for more details. 

  2. taryn says:

    just noticed that on the calendar it says The Spring Standards will be at the Shell

    on the 4th. but I don't think that's true.  I hope it is!  but can you let me know if this

    is an error.  The Shell website say no music for the 4th.

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