Holiday Time

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Honor the Red, White and Blue in the South with Independence Day Celebrations (July 2019)

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Red, White, Blue and You: Fourth of July Celebrations in the South (July 2016)

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Published: July 2016
Red, White, Blue and You: Fourth of July Celebrations in the South  


Don't have any plans yet for July Fourth? You can quickly remedy that by checking out some of the celebrations happening throughout the South.

  • Considered to be the largest Fourth of July event in Arkansas, the 33rd annual Pops on the River in Little Rock, Ark., features free children’s activities, a classic car show, a shopping marketplace, food trucks and lots of entertainment. Don't miss the Oh Say! Can You Sing? contest, live music, Salute the Troops campaign and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra inside the First Security Amphitheater.

  • Maumelle, Ark.'s 4th Fest kicks off with a parade, followed by such festivities as a festival, the 3rd annual Cardboard Boat Race on Lake Willastein, live entertainment and more. The evening concludes with fireworks.

  • Heralded as the "largest July 4th fireworks show in North Texas," Fort Worth's Fourth  Celebration has something for all ages. Taking place at the Panther Island Pavilion on the Trinity River, there is the KidZone with bounce houses, interactive exhibits, zip line and more. Plenty of festival food like tamales, corndogs and shaved ice will be available for purchase. Live entertainment is scheduled throughout the afternoon and evening, and much, much more.

  • Independence Day at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas features live music, living history, readings of the Declaration of Independence and more, such as demonstrations and photo opportunities with re-enactors. Don't miss the sampling the free paletas (frozen fruit bars) at the Alamo Hall Patio.

  • "Go 4th On the River" in New Orleans, La., is ranked as the third best 4th of July celebration in U.S. by WalletHub in 2016. In its 26th year, there'll be plenty of new and unique fireworks to watch for like Purple Rain (Falling Leaves), Sunflowers, Cube Pattern, Horse Tails, Waterfalls, Meteor Shower and Lemon Strobe. The free fireworks display can be seen from the East and West Banks of the Mississippi River from the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk to Crescent Park at French Market. Before the show, the General Roy S. Kelley fireboat will make an appearance entertaining the crowd with its famed water show with plumes of red, white, and blue fountains.

  • Fireworks are just part of the fun at The 8th annual KTBS 3/KPXJ CW21 Independence Day Festival in Shreveport, La. The family-fun line-up includes the 3rd annual Brookshire's Steak Cook-Off (with free samples), a monster apple eating contest, a Children's Zone and more. And of course, there is live entertainment as well. Oh, be sure to come dressed in your most patriotic duds for a chance to win one of three cash prizes.

  • Celebrate Independence Day in downtown Vicksburg, Miss. Enjoy live music entertainment followed by a fireworks show. The fireworks will be shot behind the Old Depot Museum.

  • The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. is hosting a special, family-friendly patriotic activities during regular museum hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on Fourth of July. Children ages 12 and under receive free admission. Everyone can enjoy performances by Redstone Arsenal’s Army Materiel Command Band and special activities to celebrate America’s return to Jupiter as NASA’s Juno spacecraft begins its Jupiter Orbital Insertion maneuver.

  • It's an evening of music, food and fireworks at the USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Ala., for the 4th of July. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets (or purchase concessions like hot dogs and hamburgers from The Galley) as you enjoy a patriotic concert by the Mobile Symphonic Pops Band, followed by fireworks.

  • Lenox Square shops and restaurants in Atlanta, Ga., will be open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., with some select restaurants remaining open after 6 p.m. for guests to enjoy during the 57th annual 4th of July at Lenox Square. Live music entertainment begins at 6 p.m., with fireworks scheduled for 9:40 p.m.

  • Tybee Island, Ga., is celebrating Independence Day with a fireworks extravaganza on July 4. Taking place on Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion, the colorful display will be visible from Tybee’s eastern beaches.

  • Gatlinburg, Tenn., kicks off their with 4th of July celebration with the Fourth of July Midnight Parade. In its 41st year, the parade steps off at 12:01 a.m., and goes for more than a mile. If that's too early for you, festivities kick off at noon with the River Raft Regatta. The day ends with fireworks and music in the heart of downtown.

  • Two days, three stages, 15 bands and two firework shows - all free during the 2016 Music City July 4th Let Freedom Sing! celebration in Nashville, Tenn. And if that isn't enough, there's also a Family Fun Zone with games, inflatables and more.

  • The Pensacola, Fla. area provides plenty of options to celebrate Independence Day. Head 

    Fourth of July Fireworksto Seville Square in downtown where kids can enjoy fun activities like bounce houses, inflatable slides, pony rides and more while others can explore the arts-and-crafts stalls and food vendors. For those who have a large appetite and iron stomach, check out the hot dog eating contest. Live entertainment is scheduled as well that includes the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. The festivities will culminate at 9 p.m. with a fireworks display over Pensacola Bay.

The island community of Pensacola Beach will host its own fireworks display beginning  at 8:30 p.m. Arrive early to reserve a spot on the sand.

A half-hour to the west, in the coastal village of Perdido Key, adults can take in the Flora-Bama Lounge Independence Day celebration. The All-American BBQ Festival, starting at 3 p.m. It'll feature live music, a bikini contest and of course, barbecue.

  • The free Red, White and Blue celebration in Greenville, S.C., features live music entertainment on two stages and a Zaxby's Kidz Zone. There will also be food and beverage vendors on hand. The evening ends with a firework display.

  • Landside seating for Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum's Fourth of July Fireworks Blast is still available. Just bring your chairs and blankets, and coolers to set up in the grassy areas alongside the marsh. Enjoy the live entertainment and kids' activities leading up to the fireworks. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. While the event is free, there is a $10 parking fee.

  • It may be the last day of the nearly two week N.C. 4th of July Festival in Southport, but don't think it ends with a whimper. Independence Day is packed with various events that include the public opening of Phase III of the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport, festival parade, old jail tours, live entertainment and much more. Fireworks conclude the event.

  • Independence Day Celebration at Patrick Henry's Red Hill in Brookneal, Va., not only features a firework display but also Henry's speech itself. Bring blankets and chairs to relax and watch the activities at America's first patriot's home and burial site. Admission is $10 per car - up to 5 passengers; $2 for each additional passenger.

  • On July 3 and 4, The Yorktown Victory Center in Yorktown, Va., honors the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence with re-enactments that include tactical and artillery drills, military exercises, and more. Check website for admission prices. On July 4, historic Yorktown will celebrate with such activities like a patriotic parade, bell-ringing ceremony, and a firework show on the York River.

  • Simpsonville, Ky.'s Red, White and Boom takes place at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. Highlights of the day include plenty of shopping opportunities, bouncy houses and children's activities, concessions, live entertainment; and of course, fireworks. The first 300 guests to "the nation’s #1 small-town fireworks" will receive special 3D fireworks viewing glasses.

photo credit: (top) 4th of July at Lenox Square in Atlanta, Ga., courtesy of Lenox Square and BRAVE Public Relations; (middle right) Fourth of July, courtesy of Visit Pensacola and