4th Of July In Memphis : Fireworks, Picnics, and Parades (2016)

4th Of July In Memphis : Fireworks, Picnics, and Parades (2016)


Independence Day In Memphis: Hot dogs, flags, fireworks, and all the 'merica loving the Midsouth can handle. Here’s a list of Memphis Fourth of July celebrations around town. The events with fireworks are marked with (*).

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Patriotic Pops, Levitt Shell, June 30, 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 for the 4th of July in Memphis.

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Backbeat Tours' Red, White, and Brew Tour, leaves from B.B. King's, July 2, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., $39, 21 and up
From Backbeat Tours: Celebrate this Independence Day on the only bus in town to feature live music. Ride along with a professional musician and visit two local breweries: High Cotton in the Edge and Memphis Made in Cooper-Young. Aldo's Pizzas will be delivering some of their yummy slices directly to us at Memphis Made. Go on tours of both breweries, get sample tastings, and a souvenir glass from each!

*Flag City Freedom Celebration, Navy Lake in Millington, July 2, 5 p.m. - 10 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.

Stars and Stripes 5K, Overton Square, July 2, 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 - Overton Square - and they'll have live music and a post-race party.

Soul Classics at the Levitt Shell, Levitt Shell, July 2, 7:30 p.m., free, all ages
So it's not exactly 4th-of-July-themed, but Memphis' soul classics station brings us an "Ultimate Family Reunion" show on Saturday night of the holiday weekend, featuring funk band Slave.

Memphis Wind Symphony Patriotic Pops, First Baptist Church of Memphis, July 3, 3 p.m., $12-$10, all ages
Bring your friends and family to enjoy a relaxed Sunday afternoon concert in air-conditioned comfort as the Memphis Wind Symphony plays patriotic favorites, including music with guest vocalists Debbie Kines and Dr. Todd Payne. Kids under 12 are free.

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July The BeFourth Throwdown, Rec Room, July 3, 6 p.m. to midnight, free, 18+
Celebrate Independence Day at the Rec Room arcade/bar with patriotic films on the big screens, a patio cookout, and "in house" American Gladiator battles! No cover. The Rec Room is adults only after 6 p.m.

Central Gardens 4th of July Parade, Carr Avenue, July 4, 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. I'm still waiting on details, but the parade usually begins in the morning and spans the 14500 block of Carr Ave. between Rozelle and Willett. There are usually free snacks for the kids, music, and more.

High Point Terrace 67th Annual Independence Day Parade, High Point, July 4, 9 a.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
The longest-running 4th of July parade in Memphis starts in the northeast cove of Aurora Circle in the East Memphis High Point neighborhood on Monday morning. Fire trucks lead the parade, followed by cars and floats, then folks on foot/wagons. After it's over, the trucks turn on their hoses for the kids. For more info, email [email protected] or [email protected]

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.


Overton Square Fourth of July, Overton Square, July 4, all day, prices and ages vary
You can bet that Overton Square's shops and bars are going to throw down for Independence Day in Memphis. Or at the very least, have some specials. Details forthcoming.

*4th of July Celebration, Mud Island River Park/Downtown, July 4, 3 p.m., free to watch
As far as I can tell, Mud Island will host their annual Memphis 4th of July shindig at the River Park (gates open at 3 p.m.) and there will be fireworks later in the evening (usually about 9:30 p.m.). 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. I'll add details as soon as I can.

*Twilight Sky Terrace Fireworks Viewing, Madison Hotel, July 4, doors open at 4 p.m., $20 cover charge, 21+
Get a great view of the downtown fireworks from the Madison's rooftop bar, 17 stories up. They'll have themed cocktails and snacks and a DJ. Red, white, and blue attire encouraged.

*Memphis Redbirds v. Nashville Sounds, AutoZone Park, July 4, gates open at 4 p.m., $9 and up, all ages
What's more American than baseball? On Monday, July 4th, the Memphis Redbirds take on the Nashville Sounds at 6:35 p.m. And of course, there'll be fireworks after the game. They also play the Sounds again on the 5th and hot dogs are $1 that night (as they are at all Tuesday home games).

*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 at 9:10 p.m.

Peabody Rooftop Fireworks Viewing, July 4, all evening, free, all ages 
Watch the downtown Memphis 4th of July fireworks from the rooftop of the historic Peabody Hotel. They'll have drinks available (wine, beer, cocktails, soft drinks) and snacks like hot dogs, ice cream, and USA-loving-duck cookies. 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.

* Food, Fun, and Fireworks on the Mississippi Terrace, Bass Pro Pyramid, July 4, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., $10 adults/$5 kids under 12, all ages
Party on the third floor of the Pyramid's Mississippi Terrace patio and watch the fireworks over the river. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Tickets include one drink ticket, live entertainment, and access to food stations (it's not clear if this food is included, but my guess would be that it's not). You can also splurge for a VIP area for $200. Call 901-291-8004 for details.

*Bartlett Fireworks Extravaganza, Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center Bartlett , July 4, 6 p.m., free
Bartlett's annual celebration is more than a fireworks bonanza. Starting at 6 p.m., there will be live music from the Bartlett Community Concert Band and Jamie Baker & the VIPs, a car show, face painting, and games, with 4th of July fireworks at 9:10 p.m. Note that Appling Road between Southern Way and Flaherty Place will be closed to traffic at 5 p.m.

*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.

Collierville Independence Day Celebration, H.W. Cox Park, July 4, 6:30 p.m., free, all ages
Collierville's annual Independence Day Celebration is at H.W. Cox Park with live music from the Black Water Trio and G3, a veteran's recognition presentation from Mayor Joyner, and more music and fireworks blasting off at about 9:35 p.m. Expect food vendors, glow sticks, kids' bounces, and shuttle from Collierville High School to make parking easier.

*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 suburb's 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.

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

If I left your favorite event off of the list, submit it to the calendar, and I'll add it.

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Holli Weatherington
I've been waiting for this! Thank you! :-)
June 17, 2016 1:28pm
Holly Whitfield
Sure thing, Holli! Hope you're doing well :)
June 17, 2016 1:28pm
Love your ideas! Any advice about the weekend of July 16th ? It's my birthday and I'm planning to visit Memphis then. Love some off the beaten path suggestions. We tried to book the Peabody and it is full. Would love to have your best suggestion of a dining experience for someone longing for the old Justine's restaurant.
June 24, 2016 7:10pm
Love everything you post , great job letting us know what's happening in Memphis . Can't wait to get back , been there 5 times and loved it. Discover Something new every time.
June 28, 2016 3:22pm
me too i'am waiting for this. i love yo all !
June 30, 2016 5:33am
thank you for this. i'am waiting for this .
June 30, 2016 5:34am
I love fireworks!! Thanks for the list :) :)
June 30, 2016 1:00pm
Thanks for information regarding the 4th celebrations around Memphis. Most comprehensive I've seen.
July 1, 2016 12:12pm
Do you know of any fireworks shows after the 4th? Unfortunately my daughter was sick today and is completely devastated she missed the fireworks:(
July 4, 2016 10:52pm
I want to send you an award for most helpful inntreet writer.
July 19, 2016 2:32am
Lisa Blurton
Is mud island events free on the 4th? Admission..mono-rail..ect?
July 2, 2017 9:32pm