Independence Day Celebrations Around The Mid-South:Friday, July 2ndThe 13th Annual Freedom Fest
begins at 7 p.m. in Tilden Rogers Park in West Memphis, AR. Families are invited to bring their own picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets. The event features music and fireworks. Admission is free. Saturday July 3rd
Cordova Independence Day Celebration
. The Patriotic Program begins at 9:30am honoring Colonel Bobby F. Cole (Ret). The historic Cordova Community Center is located at located at 1017 North Sanga Road.
Shelby County Sheriff Mark H. Luttrell will serve as Grand Marshall and Master of Ceremonies.
Invocation - Dr. Richard S. Hipps, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church.
Flag Raising - Color Guard, Boy Scout Troop #322, Covenant United Methodist Church.
Pledge of Allegiance - Cordova VFW Post #4313
The Parade will follow beginning at approximately 9:50am. (If you are participating in the parade, please be there by 9am.) Free Refreshments!
Awards will also be given for the following categories:
Best Patriotic Attire, Best Child in Costume, Best Decorated Bicycle Tricycle or Pet, Best Decorated Float Wagon or Horse, Best Decorated Motorized Vehicle, Over-all Best Children’s Entry, and Overall Best Adult Entry.The Aurora Circle/Mimosa Avenue Neighborhood
in East Memphis will hold its 61st annual Independence Day parade at 9:00 a.m. on the east end of Aurora Circle. The parade will proceed west on Aurora to Mimosa Avenue, then east on Mimosa back to Aurora Circle. Residents are encouraged to decorate their yards for the holidays. The parade will include children on bikes, toddlers in wagons, pets and small trailer floats. Where your swimsuit if you want to play in the big “spray” at the end of the parade, courtesy of Fire Station #17.Annual Central Gardens July 4th Parade
. Get your red, white and blue spirit in gear for our neighborhood’s old-fashioned parade to take place on Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 10 AM.
Please gather at the intersection of Rozelle and Carr Avenue for one of the best times in Central Gardens. Registration for judging begins at 9:15 AM at the corner of Rozelle and Carr. Participants need only register if they want to be considered for an award or be entered into a raffle.The 14th annual Lakeland Children’s Independence Day Parade
lineup will be at 9:45 a.m. at 9677 Cutter Lane. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. and proceed through Lakeland neighborhoods, ending at the Trustmark Bank parking lot at 3714 Canada Rd. The parade route is less than one mile. Non-motorized vehicles of all descriptions are invited to join the parade, including bikes, tricycles, wagons, and strollers. (There is an exception to the non-motorized rule; children's electric, battery operated jeeps and other vehicles are allowed.) The Shelby County Sheriff's Traffic Division will provide motorized escort and traffic control as in past years. The children always enjoy seeing the Deputies, especially those on motorcycles. At the end of the parade, Trustmark Bank will have refreshments and gifts for the children.Fourth Annual Avon Neighborhood Parade
in East Memphis will commemorate the signing of America’s Declaration of Independence at 9:30 a.m.
Attractions will include the Avon Dixieland Band performing patriotic tunes and appearances by Lady Liberty and Mr. Peanut, mascot of The Peanut Shoppe on Summer Avenue, an Avon neighbor since 1959.
Vintage cars driven by members of Antique Automobile Club of America will join marchers, baby buggies, pooches and cyclists, many bedecked in holiday fashion. Avon Neighborhood Association, which sponsors the event, will provide balloons to parade-goers.
The procession will begin and end at Avon Lenox School, 310 Avon Rd. Its route runs north on Avon to Sequoia, west to Vescovo, south to Chickasaw and east to Avon. Pre-parade activities will begin at 9 a.m. in front of Avon School.Bartlett’s Star Spangled Fireworks Extravaganza
will be held from 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on the lawn of the Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center and Appling Middle School. There will be games for the kids, face painting, an antique car show, concessions and more. Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. Street Closing: Appling Road between Southern Way and Flaherty Place will be closed to traffic at 4:00 p.m.Collierville’s 25th Annual Independence Day Celebration
begins at 5:30 p.m. at H.W. Cox Park. Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy live entertainment, food, children's activities and a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. FREE Shuttle service will travel between Collierville High School and H. W. Cox Park.Millington’s celebration
begins at 4:30 p.m at Navy Lake. There will be live music and activities for the children and fireworks. Gate fee is $5 a vehicle.Sunday July 4th
In Downtown Memphis, the Red, White, and Blues Celebration
will be held in Handy Park this year. Music begins at 6 p.m. Lawn chairs are welcome, but coolers and outside food and beverages are not. Fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. in Handy Park. Germantown’s Independence Day celebration
features live music, games, crafts and food at Municipal Park on Exeter Road. Fireworks begin at 9:10 p.m. Admission is free.
There will be with games, food, and music beginning at 7 p.m. at Olive Branch City Park in Olive Branch, MS
. Fireworks begin just after 9 p.m. Picnic baskets and lawn chairs welcome.
In Southaven, MS, the 9th Annual Independence Day Celebration
at Snowden Grove Park begins at 7 p.m. with music. Fireworks will begin around 9 p.m. Picnic baskets and coolers are welcome. Admission is free. Mud Island’s Birthday Celebration
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission: Free
Mud Island River Park is celebrating 28 years and we want you to join us! We’ll have kiddie rides, crafts, moonbounce, and more.Monday July 5th
Celebrate Independence Day in Cooper-Young!
Gather with your friends and neighbors behind Peabody School starting at 10am. Bring a picnic lunch, a blanket or chairs, and plenty of drinks to stay hydrated! Decorate your bikes, trikes, and wagons with midtown flair for the parade around the block. Popsicles and music will be provided.