Although Memphis is famous for Beale Street, barbeque and Elvis, July 4th is always marked by a wide selection of family-friendly events. These activities are scheduled over several days leading up to the big fireworks display on Independence Day. The events typically feature live music and barbeque. Visitors can attend several of these events and explore the vibrant community named for a city in Egypt.
Children decorate their bikes and scooters in red, white and blue for the parade through Hernando town square. This event is followed by a picnic. The Mud Island Independence Day Celebration is a day of games, rides, food, live music and fireworks. There is an annual Firecracker 5K run/walk to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The event is scheduled to occur in the evening on July 3rd.
The Children’s Museum of Memphis sponsors a patriotic arts and crafts program for children. There is the Flag City Freedom Celebration at Navy Lake on July 3rd. Guests enjoy performances by the Navy Band and other entertainers. The organizers describe the event as a 4th of July celebration with a small town atmosphere and the largest and most spectacular fireworks display in the Mid-South.
Guests can take a carriage ride downtown and tour Confederate Park, a green space located near the Mississippi River. The city’s Red, White and Blues Celebrations on Independence Day pay homage to the city’s rich musical heritage. Tom Lee Park is the venue for the festivities and official firework display over the Mighty Mississippi.