Grab your family, pack up a picnic and celebrate Independence Day in the Mid-South. Here's a list of Fourth of July celebrations around town. The events with fireworks are marked with (*). I'll be sure to add more as more details become available.
Photo by @f8inmemphis.
*Great American Picnic and Fireworks, Bellevue Baptist Church, June 28, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., free, all ages
Bellevue Baptist Church's annual 4th of July picnic is a chance to bring your families, picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs and enjoy a huge fireworks display.
Peabody Rooftop Party, July 2, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m., $15, 21 and up
Kick off the July 4th weekend on the rooftop of the Peabody with high-energy band 17th Floor and a "backyard barbecue" menu theme.
*Flag City Freedom Celebration, Navy Lake in Millington, July 3, 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. Bring a picnic, cooler and lawn chair to Navy Lake for an impressive fireworks display.
*Bartlett Fireworks Extravaganza, Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center Bartlett , July 2, 6:30 p.m., free
Bartlett's annual celebration is more than a fireworks bonanza. Starting at 6:30 p.m., there will be live music from the Bartlett Community Concert Band, a car show, face painting and games with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
*Collierville Independence Day Celebration, H.W. Cox Park, July 3, 6:30 p.m., free
Collierville's Independence Day Celebration turns 30 this year. Head to H.W. Cox Park for live music and fun, and a fireworks show at 9:45 p.m.
*Stars and Stripes 5K, Tiger Lane, 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 Tiger Lane, and they'll have live music, free barbecue and free beer for participants, and fireworks after the race.
Patriotic Pops, Levitt Shell, July 2, 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.
Cordova Fourth of July Parade, Cordova Community Center, July 4, 9:30 a.m., free
The annual Cordova Community Center 4th of July Parade has a particular kind of small town charm. Fun fact: it's the only Independence Day parade in Memphis with a judging category for "Best Decorated Float, Wagon or Horse".
*Germantown Fireworks Extravaganza, Municipal Park, July 4, 5 p.m., free
Make a whole day of 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.
*Southaven July 4th Celebration, Snowden Grove Amphitheatre, July 4, 6:30 p.m., free
Head just across the border to Southaven, Mississippi for the suburb's annual Independence Day celebration. Doors at Snowden Grove Amphitheater open at 6:30 p.m. (picnics and coolers are welcome) and the fireworks start at 9 p.m.
*Olive Branch Independence Day Celebration, Olive Branch City Park, July 4, 7 p.m., free
Here's another from across the border. The 16th annual Olive Branch Independence Day Celebration is a picnic-friendly celebration with fireworks at 9 p.m, plus food, vendors, and a KIds Zone.
Where are you planning to celebrate the Fourth? If I left your favorite event off of the list, leave it in the comments, and I'll add it to the list.