2015 Mid-South Guide To The 4th of July
Grab your family, pack up a picnic and celebrate Independence Day in the Mid-South. Here’s a list of Fourth of July celebrations around town. The events with fireworks are marked with (*). I’ll be sure to add more as more details become available.
Photo by @f8inmemphis.
Peabody Rooftop Party, July 2, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m., $15, 21 and up
Kick off the July 4th weekend on the rooftop of the Peabody with high-energy band 17th Floor and a “backyard barbecue” menu theme.
Patriotic Pops, Levitt Shell, July 2, 7:30 p.m., free, all ages
The usual Levitt Shell free concert series takes a patriotic turn this holiday with an American music sing-along.
*Bartlett Fireworks Extravaganza, Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center Bartlett , July 2, 6:30 p.m., free
Bartlett’s annual celebration is more than a fireworks bonanza. Starting at 6:30 p.m., there will be live music from the Bartlett Community Concert Band, a car show, face painting and games with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Rec Room Independence Day Throwdown, Rec Room (3000 Broad Avenue), July 3 and 4, free to enter, all ages
Celebrate the USA at Binghampton’s bar arcade and game room on all day and night on Friday and Saturday. Play games (arcade, table tennis, beer pong, etc.), purchase food from the grill and drinks from the bar, watch USA soccer on the big screens, or rent out a “living room” for an additional fee. The Rec Room is kid-friendly during the day, but more appropriate for 21-and-up in the evenings. Go here for more info.
*Flag City Freedom Celebration, Navy Lake in Millington, July 3, 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. Bring a picnic, cooler and lawn chair to Navy Lake for an impressive fireworks display.
*Memphis Redbirds Red, White, and BOOM, AutoZone Park, July 3, gates open at 4 p.m., $6 (advance) and up
Just like every Friday, the Redbirds host a pregame Block Party starting at 4 p.m. with $2 drafts and live music. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m., when the Rebirds take on the Oklahoma City Dodgers while wearing special red, white, and blue themed jerseys and hats. And of course, fireworks after the game.
*Collierville Independence Day Celebration, H.W. Cox Park, July 3, 6:30 p.m., free
Collierville’s Independence Day Celebration turns 30 this year. Head to H.W. Cox Park for live music and fun, and a fireworks show at 9:45 p.m.
*Stars and Stripes 5K, Tiger Lane, 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 Tiger Lane, and they’ll have live music, free barbecue and free beer for participants, and fireworks after the race.
Cordova Fourth of July Parade, Cordova Community Center, July 4, 9:30 a.m., free
The annual Cordova Community Center 4th of July Parade has a particular kind of small town charm. Fun fact: it’s the only Independence Day parade in Memphis with a judging category for “Best Decorated Float, Wagon or Horse”.
Central Gardens July 4th Parade, Carr Avenue, Saturday, 9:30 a.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Join in a 40-year tradition of celebrating America in midtown during the Central Gardens parade. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will span the 1400 block of Carr Avenue between Rozelle and Willett. Registration to march starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Rozelle corner. Expect lots of decked-out Midtowners, a fire truck, mounted police, an appearance from Mayor Wharton, and free hot dogs and sno cones.
Overton Square Fourth of July Specials, Overton Square, July 4, all day, prices and ages vary
Some shops and bars in Overton Square will have specials and special hours for July 4. A few examples: $10 beer buckets and music at Lafayettes, $1-$2 beer, slider, and shooter specials at Local on the Square, $5 Philly Cheesesteaks at Lenny’s, special ice cream sandwiches at Schweinehaus, and $2 beer specials at Zebra Lounge. Click here for full listing of closings and specials.
*Germantown Fireworks Extravaganza, Municipal Park, July 4, 5 p.m., free
Make a whole day of 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 at 9:10 p.m.
*Southaven July 4th Celebration, Snowden Grove Amphitheatre, July 4, 6:30 p.m., free
Head just across the border to Southaven, Mississippi for the suburb’s annual Independence Day celebration. Doors at Snowden Grove Amphitheater open at 6:30 p.m. (picnics and coolers are welcome) and the fireworks start at 9 p.m.
*Olive Branch Independence Day Celebration, Olive Branch City Park, July 4, 7 p.m., free
Here’s another from across the border. The 16th annual Olive Branch Independence Day Celebration is a picnic-friendly celebration with fireworks at 9 p.m, plus food, vendors, and a KIds Zone.
*4th of July Celebration, Mud Island River Park/downtown, July 4, 10 a.m./fireworks at 9:30 p.m., free to watch
This is the one everyone’s asking about: the usual downtown fireworks will launch from the south tip of Mud Island at 9:30 p.m. on July 4. The best views will be from Tom Lee Park, Beale Street Landing, other spots along the river, or any downtown rooftops you manage to get access to. Mud Island will open to the public at 10 a.m. and festivities and live music begin at 6 p.m.
*Twilight Sky Terrace Party, Madison Hotel Rooftop, July 4, doors at 4 p.m., 21 and up, $20 cover
Have one of the best views of downtown’s fireworks at the Twilight Sky Terrace party with a live DJ and speciality cocktails.
*Fourth Party With Devil Train, Buccanneer Lounge, July 4, 9:30 p.m. – 3 a.m., 21 and up, cover TBD
Head to the Buc for their annual not-exactly-official fireworks display with a performance by Devil Train afterwards.
Where are you planning to celebrate the Fourth? If I left your favorite event off of the list, leave it in the comments, and I’ll add it to the list.