Happy Rainy July 4th Eve, Memphis! Here are the five things you won't want to miss this weekend. If you're looking for more Independence Day celebrations across the Mid-South, click here for my I Love Memphis Guide to the 4th of July. Be safe and have a great weekend!
1. Rec Room Independence Day Throwdown, Rec Room (3000 Broad Avenue), July 3 and 4, free to enter, all ages
Celebrate the USA at Binghampton's bar arcade and game room on all day and night on Friday and Saturday. Play games, purchase food and drinks, watch USA soccer on the big screens, or rent out a "living room" for an additional fee. The Rec Room is kid-friendly during the day, but more appropriate for 21-and-up in the evenings. Go here for more info.
2. Memphis Redbirds Red, White, and BOOM, AutoZone Park, July 3, gates open at 4 p.m., $6 (advance) and up
Just like every Friday, the Redbirds host a pre-game Block Party starting at 4 p.m. with $2 drafts and live music. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m., when the Rebirds take on the Oklahoma City Dodgers while wearing special red, white, and blue themed jerseys and hats. And of course, fireworks after the game.
3. 4th of July Celebration, Mud Island River Park/downtown, July 4, 10 a.m./fireworks at 9:30 p.m., free to watch
Mud Island will open to the public at 10 a.m. and festivities and live music and carnival rides begin at 6 p.m. Fireworks will launch from the south tip of Mud Island at 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.
4. Bo-Keys, Lafayette's Music Room, Saturday, 10 p.m., free, 21 and up
Make reservations or arrive early to catch a fresh iteration of classic Memphis group, the Bo-Keys on Saturday night. Description via Lafayette's: "This is a new, hard-hitting Bo-Keys lineup, featuring alumni both of Stax Records and Hi Records, plus younger musicians who’ve garnered an Emmy award and a Grammy nomination. Together, now, they play fresh Memphis soul."
5. World Cup Watch Party, Brass Door, Sunday, 6 p.m., all ages
Wear your red, white, and blue and cheer on Team USA with the Memphis chapter of the American Outlaws at the Brass Door Irish pub downtown. They'll have $5 burgers and hot dogs, 12 wings for $6, and $10 fish and chips.
Whatever you do this weekend, bring an umbrella, don't drink and drive, and share your photos online with #ilovememphis!