4th Of July In Memphis : Fireworks, Picnics, and Parades (2017)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 13th 2017 17756 2

Here’s where to watch fireworks in Memphis for July 4th in 2017, plus some other Independence Day celebrations in the Mid-South.

The events with fireworks are bold.

*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.

Independence Day Celebration, Overton Square, July 2, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
This family-friendly celebration includes a concert from Mississippi’s 41st Army Band, Fire Museum of Memphis vintage fire trucks, local beers for sale. Bring your chairs and blankets, but leave the coolers at home.

*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. They will have hotdogs, watermelon, son-cones and cookies, and possibly a fire engine water spray.

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.

Independence Day Movie Day, Rec Room, July 4, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., no cover, 18+
Rec Room takes it easy this year by showing Independence Day on the big screens with sounds and $2 red, white, and blue JELL-O shots for Tuesday (the 4th) only.

*4th of July Celebration, Mud Island River Park, July 4,  6 p.m – 11 p.m., free to enter, all ages/kid-friendly
Mud Island opens at 10 a.m. for your usual MS Riverwalk access, and starting at 6 p.m. they’ll have live music, kiddie rides, food and drink for sale, and then the biggest fireworks display in town starting at 9:15 p.m. Bring your blanket, chairs, and picnic basket, but leave pets, fireworks, alcohol, and grills at home.

Where will you celebrate the 4th of July in Memphis? Where are the best places to see Memphis 4th of July fireworks?


A few notes:

– Double check online (or better yet, call) to confirm times for fireworks. What’s on here is the best information I could acquire, but things change.

– The picture at the top of this post show fireworks launched from the Arkansas side. I don’t think that’s what they’re doing for 4th of July, though they will light up the Big River Crossing bridge!

– If I left your favorite event off of the list, submit it to the calendar, 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. Kathy Reddin says:

    Any word on when the Bellvue Baptist Church fireworks will be?

  2. Quincy says:

    Thank you so much for the line-up of holiday weekend events!

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