As the Fourth of July approaches, Memphians gear up for the usual fireworks, games, food and fun. Whether you’re a hot dog and lemonade addict or looking for a Memphis touch for the holidays, there’s something for everyone in red, white and blue spirit.
Here’s a look at some of the Independence Day celebrations happening in the Memphis and northern Mississippi area.
Arlington will host its ninth annual Star Spangled show with fireworks, food and live music. The free event starts at 6:00 p.m. with a fireworks display at around 9:00 p.m.
When: 6 p.m. June 30
Where: Arlington Sports Complex, 11307 Memphis Arlington Road
Millington will host its annual celebration with food and drink concessions and live music from Sherry Oke. At sunset, the night will end with the big fireworks display. Admission to the event is free, but on-site parking will cost $5.
When: 6 p.m. June 30
Where: Millington Sports Complex, 4885 Bill Knight Road
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Olive Branch will host a free fireworks display and festival with food, live music and a kids’ zone.
When: 4 p.m. July 1
Where: Olive Branch City Park, 8267 Goodman Road
AutoZone Park 4th of July Weekend
AutoZone Park will host its annual 4th of July celebration from July 1-3. Festivities include an All-You-Can-Eat Cookout, free ice cream for kids on Sundays, and evening fireworks after the Redbirds’ games against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Match tickets are available online.
When: From July 1 to 3, times vary
Where: AutoZone Park, 200 Union Ave.
Collierville will hold its 36th annual Independence Day celebration with food vendors, live music performances from Your Academy and Party Planet and a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. accompanied by a musical Salute to America from Tennessee Mass Choir. Free entry.
When: 6:30 p.m. July 2nd
Where: HW Cox Park, 440 W. Powell Road
American 4th of July Weekend at Graceland
Graceland will celebrate Independence Day weekend with special tours, a film screening, live music, barbecue, cocktails and fireworks. Ticket and hotel packages are available for purchase online as well as individual event tickets.
When: July 2-3, variable hours
Where: Graceland, 3764 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Horn Lake will host a free fireworks show and festival with vendors, activities and a live concert.
When: 4 p.m. July 2
Where: Latimer Lakes Park, 5633 Tulane Road
Memphis Parks and the City of Memphis will host an Independence Day Festival and fireworks display at Liberty Park this year. The event will feature live music from several local artists, games and face painting for kids, local food trucks, a screening of “National Treasure” and the fireworks show at 9 p.m. to end the evening. Admission and parking are free.
When: 5 p.m. July 3
Where: Liberty Park, 335 S. Hollywood St.
Bartlett will host its annual free fireworks display with food trucks, a classic car show and a performance by the Bartlett Community Concert Band. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. and the fireworks are scheduled for 9:10 p.m.
When: 6:00 p.m. July 4
Where: Bobby K. Flaherty Civic Center, 3730 Appling Road
The Cooper-Young Community Association will celebrate with a kid-friendly “chill” parade at Peabody Elementary School on the morning of July 4 with a special appearance from the Memphis Fire Department.
When: 10:00 a.m. July 4
Where: Peabody Elementary School, 2086 Young Ave.
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Germantown will host its annual Independence Day Festival with food, games, crafts, moon bounces and live music from the G3 Band and Memphis Wind Symphony. The free event begins at 5 p.m. and the fireworks begin at 9:10 p.m.
When: 5:00 p.m. July 4
Where: City Park, 1900 S. Germantown Road
Hernando will host its free fireworks display preceded by live entertainment, including a performance by singer-songwriter Brian Blake and a collection of food vendors. The fireworks should start after sunset.
When: 6:00 p.m. July 4
Where: Hernando Civic Center (ball diamonds), 3800 Robertson Gin Road
Enjoy fireworks on the Mississippi River on a cruise with Memphis Riverboats that includes dinner with Memphis-style barbecue and other Southern dishes. Tickets start at $65 for adults and vary for children under 18.
When: July 4, boarding at 7:30 p.m.
Where: 45 S. Riverside Drive
Southaven will host a free fireworks display accompanied by food vendors, a live DJ and a children’s area. Doors open at 4 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.
When: 4 p.m. July 4
Where: BankPlus Amphitheatre, 6285 Snowden Lane
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