This Independence Day, join Memphis River Parks Partnership and Memphis Tourism for the city’s biggest celebration! Mud Island River Park will host rides and games, live music, food and drinks and family-friendly activities from 6pm. Fireworks will be shot at 9:15 PM. The event is free and open to the public.
All rides and games will also be free for children and families. Rides will include a bounce house, water slide, carousel and train. There will be a splash pad and visitors are encouraged to explore the spectacular Riverwalk. Food, including smoked sausages, nachos, funnel cakes and frozen treats will be available for purchase. Beer, lemonade and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Visitors cannot bring their own alcohol onto the island. The live music lineup includes 5th Kind, one of Memphis’ premier live rock bands.
The partnership recommends that guests access the island via the monorail or walk bridge located at 125 N. Front Street. Parking will be available for $6. A round-trip monorail ticket will cost $4. Guests will be able to walk across the pedestrian bridge for free. A limited number of parking spots will be available on Mud Island for $10.
New this year, secure the best seat in the house and watch the fireworks from the water! Allen’s Kayaking Adventures and Kayak Memphis Tours are offering Memphians the unique opportunity to experience the celebrations in a kayak or canoe on the harbor. Participants will launch from the cobblestone landing. Rentals will cost $20 for an hour or bring-your-own-kayak for a $10 launch fee. More details and tickets are available here.
All Memphis River Parks will provide a great view of the fireworks and will be open for families to join the celebrations. RiverPlay will stay open in Tom Lee Park until 8 PM. RiverPlay offers free half-court basketball, lawn games and sports equipment rental from the GrizzFit gear shack just South of Beale St. Landing. No alcohol is permitted in Memphis River Parks.
Riverside Drive from Beale St. to Georgia St. will close to traffic at 6 PM. There will be no parking available in Memphis River Parks. Visitors can walk, ride bikes, use bike share or the new Bird scooter service to get to the parks.
“We’re excited for Memphis to come together at the river and celebrate the Fourth,” said Carol Coletta, Memphis River Parks Partnership President and CEO. “Memphis River Parks belong to all Memphians, and the riverfront is a natural place for hosting memorable civic gatherings and creating great family memories. What better place for us to celebrate?”