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Memphis 4th of July Fireworks, Shows and Events 2024

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Dates: July 3–6, 2024

Memphis 4th of July Fireworks, Shows and Events

As the 4th of July rolls around of the corner, Memphis prepares countless festivals to celebrate Independence. The options are tremendous and traditionally include concerts, parades, and fireworks. We've highlighted our top three choices and some kid-friendly things to do during your 4th of July weekend in the Bluff City.

Memphis Redbirds Independence Day Celebration (July 3, 2024)

Celebrating the 4th of July while cheering on your favorite baseball team, the Memphis Redbirds, is sure to be a memorable experience. The event encapsulates the essence of American culture with tasty hot dogs, a riveting baseball match, and a jaw-dropping fireworks display after. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 pm at Autozone Park, and the tickets range from $23 to $86.

Bartlett Star-Spangled Fireworks Extravaganza (July 3, 2024)

Outside of Memphis, you can also visit some equally wonderful events in the suburbs—for example, an annual firework show in Barlett at Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center. Scheduled from 6 pm to 9:30 pm, the local festival offers much more than just a pyrotechnic display. Amazing local artists, including Bartlett Community Concert Band, will put on mesmerizing live performances, starting at 6:15 pm. Food vendors operate from 6 pm late into the night, so you can enjoy a treat any time during the festival.

The pinnacle of the celebration is surely the fireworks, launched into the sky at 9:10 pm. The party is free and suitable for attendees of all ages. The food trucks and the rest of the activities will take place on the lawn of Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center and Appling Middle School.

July 4th Parade in Central Gardens (July 4, 2024)

One of the best ways to get into a patriotic mood is by visiting a July 4th Parade in the heart of Memphis. The march starts at 10:30 am in the parking lot of Immaculate Conception Cathedral and progresses to the 1800 block of York. The procession draws the attention of hundreds of spectators wearing their best red, white, and blue outfits. You are also welcome to dress up your pet or decorate your vehicle to increase your chances of winning a prize.

After the parade, all spectators are invited to enjoy family-friendly festivities, including live music, snacks, and crafts. The Central Gardens Association provides the participants of the parade with water and lemonade, while the locals treat them with baked goods and ice cream.

Graceland's All-American 4th of July Weekend (July 4-6, 2024)

Another excellent place to salute the 4th of July is the All-American Weekend at Graceland. The celebration is typically scheduled for Saturday and Sunday and features a fun-packed program with Rock' n' Roll live performances and BBQ. But the main highlight of this event is definitely the Elvis-themed fireworks extravaganza at 7 pm on July 5th. The venue opens at 6 pm on July 4th with a welcome dinner, followed by G.I. Blues screening at 9 pm.

Other than that, you'll have a chance to see the legendary Graceland Mansion in patriotic shades of red, white, and blue, while listening to All American Band and other artists. You can either buy a hotel package at Graceland Resort or just an event ticket, which ranges from $25 to $70. The fireworks finale is usually free to the public.

Olive Branch Light the Way Celebration (July 5-6, 2024)

If you venture out into the neighboring state, just 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Memphis, the city of Olive Branch holds its own 4th of July celebration, which doubles as the Christian music festival—Light the Way. The event takes place at Olive Branch City Park and welcomes its visitors with child-friendly activities, food trucks and live music.

The lineup includes Christian music artists, like Big Daddy Weave, Tasha Layton, Josiah Queen and more. The culmination of both days is the fireworks display after the sunset. No admission is required, but you do need to register beforehand.

Family-friendly activities

In addition to the 4th of July festivals, which typically take place in the late afternoon or evening, you might also look for something to do in the early morning and noon hours during your family weekend in Memphis. If that's the case, we suggest you check out the Memphis Zoo in Midtown or the Memphis Botanic Garden in Audubon Park, which might also host some special events for the occasion.

The Memphis Zoo ticket price ranges from $20 for children up to 11 years old to $25 for adults and children over the age of 12. The spot is open from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission to enter Memphis Botanic Garden costs $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7 for children under 12. Children under two can visit both attractions for free. The Garden's usual operating hours are from 9 am to 6 pm.

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