4th Of July In Memphis : Fireworks, Picnics, and Parades (2018)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 14th 2018 1641 0

Here’s a list of where to watch fireworks in Memphis for July 4th in 2018, plus some other Independence Day celebrations in the Mid-South. These are in chronological order.

The events with fireworks are in bold.

*Patriotic Pops, Levitt Shell, June 28, 7:30 p.m., free, all ages
The Memphis Symphony with the Second Presbyterian Church choir perform patriotic songs and there will be fireworks! Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass will be special guests.

Backbeat Tours‘ Red, White, and Brew Tour, leaves from B.B. King’s, June 30, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., $39, 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 Memphis Made, then get Aldo’s pizza. Get more info here.

*Flag City Freedom Celebration, USA Stadium in Millington, July 3, gates open at 4 p.m., free (parking $5), all ages/kid-friendly
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 on Tuesday, July 3 for an impressive fireworks display, kids’ area, live music. Bring your picnics, blankets, and chairs. Read details here.

*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. Rain date July 4.

Stars and Stripes 5K, Memphis Botanic Garden, July 3, 7 p.m., $25 advance / $35 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 the 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.

*Southaven July 4th Celebration, BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove, July 4, gates at 4 p.m., entertainment at 6 p.m., free
Head just across the state line to Southaven, Mississippi for the annual Independence Day celebration. Entertainment at the BankPlus Amphitheater begins at 6 p.m. (picnics and coolers are welcome) and the fireworks start at about 9:15 p.m.

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 chairs and coolers at home for this one.

*Germantown Fireworks Extravaganza, Municipal Park, July 4, 5 p.m.- 10:30 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 around 9 p.m.

*Olive Branch Independence Day Celebration, Olive Branch City Park (8267 Goodman Road), July 4, 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., free
The annual Olive Branch Independence Day Celebration is a picnic-friendly party with fireworks at 9:15 p.m, plus live music from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., food, vendors, and a Kids Zone. They’re saying to arrive early – the park has limited capacity.

*Hernando Independence Day Fireworks, Hernando Civic Center, July 4, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Head to Hernando Civic Center ball fields with your blankets and chairs for an evening of live music and fireworks after dark.

*Memphis Redbirds 4th of July Celebration, AutoZone Park, July 4, 6:35 p.m., $9+, all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate America’s pastime at the Redbirds v. on Wednesday, July 4. They’ll have fireworks and a jersey auction, and special cookout tickets that include an all-you-can-eat burgers and hot dogs buffet; those tickets are $20 for Field Box or $23 for Dugout seats.

*4th of July Celebration, Mud Island River Park, July 4,  details TBA, all ages/kid-friendly
Celebrate 4th July on the Memphis riverfront. They’ll have “entertainment at Mud Island River Park and great views of the fireworks along the length of the riverfront”. I’ll be sure to update this as we get more details.

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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