4th Of July In Memphis: Fireworks, Picnics, and Parades (2019)
Ed. Note: Looking for 4th of July fireworks, parades, and parties in Memphis? Contributor Aisling has the plan for celebrating July 4th in Memphis this year.
Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, grab the fam, and head to a local park for one of the Memphis area’s numerous Independence Day celebrations. In addition to an array of fantastic fireworks displays, we’ve got rockin’ parties and pep-filled patriotic parades to celebrate the red, white and blue.
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Bartlett Fireworks Extravaganza
Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center Bartlett, July 3, 6:00 p.m., free, all ages
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 9:10 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 at Cox Park kicks off at 6 p.m. with live entertainment and food. Fireworks blast off around 9:30 p.m.
Flag City Freedom Celebration
USA Stadium in Millington, July 3, Gates open at 4:00 p.m., free (parking $5), all ages/kid-friendly
Millington knows how to throw down for Independence Day. This year’s Flag City Freedom Celebration will feature an impressive fireworks display, kids’ area, and live music. Bring your picnics, blankets, and chairs.
Stars and Stripes 5K
Memphis Botanic Garden, July 3, 7:00 p.m., $30 advance / $35 race day
The annual Stars and Stripes 5K is a rare thing – a race that starts at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:00 a.m. The race, benefiting the American Red Cross, will feature post-race live music and food in a picnic setting.
Star & Stripes III
Playhouse on the Square, July 3, 8:00 p.m. – Midnight, Tickets starts at $40
Ticket includes wine and champagne bar, DIY mimosa station, frozen drink bar, and heavy hors d’oeuvres (from 9 – 11 p.m.). There will also be a cocktail cash bar on the roof, as well. Music by Nick Black, Courtney Little, and Kashief with Kemustry.
20th Annual Celebrate Your Independence Fireworks & Festival
Olive Branch City Park, 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 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., food, vendors, and a Kids Zone. Arrive early, as the park has limited capacity.
Central Gardens 4th of July Parade
1400 block of Carr Ave. between Rozelle and Willett, July 4, 10:00 a.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
For more than 30 years, Central Gardens has been celebrating America with this annual parade. To be considered for the costume contest (for kids, pets, or vehicles) gather at the corner of Rozelle and Carr at 9 a.m. There will be hotdogs, popcorn, sno-cones and drinks for all.
Germantown Fireworks Extravaganza
Municipal Park, July 4, 5:00 p.m.- 10:30 p.m., free
Head out to Municipal Park for your Germantown Fourth of July experience. Starting at 5:00 p.m., there will be moon bounces, games, live music and food trucks. Fireworks will begin around 9:00 p.m.
Graceland’s All-American July 4th Getaway
Graceland, July 4 – 7, Times Vary, $25 for individual concert to $500 VIP package
Fourth of July fun for all ages, featuring Elvis, rock ‘n’ roll, fireworks, BBQ, movies, and NASCAR.
Hernando Independence Day Fireworks
Hernando Civic Center, July 4, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 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.
Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular
Mud Island River Park, July 4, 6:00 p.m., all ages/kid-friendly
Mud Island River Park will host its annual fireworks spectacular on Thursday, July 4th with fireworks starting at 9:15 p.m. Bring your picnics and coolers, or purchase food and beer from the Island’s cafe. The new MEMPHIS sign will be lit up in patriotic colors, so prepare your Instagrams. Want to view the fireworks from the water? You can rent a canoe or kayak for $20 from Kayak Memphis Tours from River Garden Park across the harbor off Front Street.
Peabody Rooftop Party
Peabody Hotel, July 4, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. $10 general admission; $20 VIP
Independence Day happens to fall on a Thursday this year, so if you’re 21 or over, you can watch the fireworks from the party on the Peabody Rooftop. There will still be drinks and snacks available for purchase, and entertainment provided by DJ Epic and Bluff City Bandits.
Southaven July 4th Fireworks Celebration
Snowden Grove Amphitheater, July 4, 9:00 p.m., free
Head just across the state line to Southaven, Mississippi for this annual Independence Day celebration. Guests are welcome to bring picnics and coolers.
6th Annual Red, White, and Brew Tour
Starts at Alfred’s on Beale, July 6, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., $39
Backbeat Tours hosts their annual brewery tour, with stops at High Cotton in the Edge District and Memphis Made in Cooper Young, plus they’ll point out historical sites along the way. Price includes beer samples, guided tours and discussions, Aldo’s Pizza, and the music-infused bus tour that Backbeat is known for.
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Aisling Maki is a freelance writer, editor, and public and media relations specialist with awards from The Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and Public Relations Society of America, as well as several awards for fiction writing. Her work has appeared in publications in more than 20 countries. You can usually find her cheering on the Grizzlies, doing outdoorsy things, or traveling with her daughter, Brídín. They live in Cooper-Young with a dog, a guinea pig and a pair of pet mice.