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Published: July 2019
Honor the Red, White and Blue in the South with Independence Day Celebrations  



From concerts to firework displays and more, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day throughout the South.

Grab your family and friends, and make some memories at any of these following events.

Missouri

  • Fair Saint Louis invites everyone to what they refer to as "America's Biggest Birthday Party." Slated for July 4-6 under the Arch, the event features the 137th America's Birthday Parade, air show (various times and dates), a Festival Zone, an Interactive Zone and much more. For those who want to kick off celebrating Independence Day early, Fair Saint Louis' Paradetown opens July 3 with live entertainment, balloon glow and more.

  • It's a two-for-one in Lincoln. Not only is the city celebrating Independence Day but also its 150th birthday. Enjoy three days filled with festivities that include competitions of nearly all kinds, live entertainment and more. Fireworks take place on July 4 at 9:30 p.m.


Arkansas

  • Camden Municipal Airport hosts the 19th annual Star Spangled Spectacular on July 4. The event offers inflatables and children’s events, live music and more. Fireworks go off at 9:15 p.m.

  • The 36th annual Pops on the River takes place in downtown Little Rock on July 4. Festivities begin at 3 p.m. with a Kid’s Pavilion, a marketplace, food trucks and live entertainment. The fun continues inside the First Security Amphitheater with live, local music and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.


Texas

  • Tickets are still available for Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic presented by Budweiser in Austin. Taking place in the Austin 360 Amphitheater, it features all-day music on two stages with a finale of fireworks. Gates open at 11, music acts begin at 11:30 a.m.

  • Addison Kaboon Town! fun happens on July 3. From 4 p.m. until midnight, enjoy a carnival, an air show and live entertainment leading up the fireworks at 9:30. Be sure to stick around, because the after-party cranks up at 10 p.m.

  • Citgo Freedom Over Texas in Houston on July 4 features live entertainment and fireworks. The event gets underway at 4 p.m. and concludes at 10 p.m.


Louisiana

  • Red, White, Blue & You Festival in Lake Charles is slated for July 4.  The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with a parade, followed by a patriotic concert at 6:45 p.m., and ends with fireworks at 9 p.m.

  • In Shreveport, KTBS-3 Freedom Fest Finale takes places on July 4 and provides an entire day of activities. The line-up includes a car show, live entertainment, a B-52 flyover and more. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:15 p.m.


Mississippi

  • In Tunica, enjoy the 10th annual Fitz Fireworks Spectacular. Held on the lanw of Fitzgerald Tunica, the event include bbq, beer garden and live music starting at 6 p.m. on July 3.

  • Star-Spangled Celebration on the River is a dual celebration in Hattiesburg and Petal. From 6-10 p.m. on July 4, music and activities take place at Chain Park in Hattiesburg and Petal River Park in Petal, and everyone can enjoy the firework display over Leaf River.


Alabama

  • Thunder on the Mountain roars into Birmingham on July 4. Taking place at Vulcan Park and Museum, the event is hailed as "one of the largest and most extravagant Independence Day traditions in the state." It starts at 9 p.m. and lasts 20 minutes.

  • Join the biggest street party along the Gulf Coast on July 6 at The Wharf's Independence Day Street Party. From 5-9 p.m., take part in various family-friendly activities that include a surf simulator and a bubble zone. Fireworks begin at 8:45 p.m.


Tennessee

  • Gatlinburg hosts that first Independence Day parade in the county in Gatlinburg.  Starting a minute after midnight on July 4, this 40-plus old honors the nation’s veterans and other U.S. military heroes. Follow up with the Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival at the Patriot Park, beginning at 2 p.m. with a Kids Karnival and food vendors. From 4:00pm – 9:30pm, take in the live entertainment and then enjoy the fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

  • Clarkville's 11th annual Independence Day Celebration is slated for July 3 at Liberty Park. The park opens at 5 p.m., with activities and music at 6:30 p.m. The free free concert is part of the city's Road to Riverfest, an outdoor concert series leading up to Riverfest. Food and beverage vendors will be on-site as well. The evening concludes with a largest firework show at 9:30 p.m. and the announcement of this year’s Riverfest headliner.


Georgia

  • At Lanier Islands in Buford, the Independence Day fun kicks off on July 3 and runs through July 7 at Margaritaville Lanier Islands. Festivities include activities, live music and  three nights of fireworks. All of this is in addition  to Lake Lanier Islands' wide stretch of white sand beach, over a dozen water attractions and several restaurants. 

  • Freedom Fireworks Extravaganza in Washington on July 3 is an evening of family fun. Scheduled from 6-10 p.m., the event includes a bungee jump, rock climbing walls and more, as well as food and live music. The the entire town square is set to be transformed into a viewing plaza for fireworks at dark.




Florida

  • Panama City Beach provides three ways to celebrate Independence Day. On July 3, Grand Lagoon hosts Freedom Rocks! Arrive early to dine at any Freedom Rocks participating waterfront restaurants, then secure a spot with a chair or blanket on the lawn at Treasure Island Marina for fireworks at 9 p.m. On July, take in the largest display on the Gulf Coast as fireworks are fired from City Pier (Russell-Fields Pier) and County Pier (M.B. Miller County Pier). Celebrate Independence Day  on July 5 with the  “Light Up the Gulf” fireworks show, 8:30 p.m., at Boardwalk Beach Resort during the 12th Annual Beach Bash.

  • Tom Brown park is the site for Tallahassee's Celebrate America on July 4, 6-10 p.m. The event features children's activities, beer garden, naturalization ceremony, live music and more. And of course, there'll be fireworks.

  • Boom by the Bay spreads out along Tampa's Riverwalk, from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., enjoy activities, live entertainment and four firework displays.


South Carolina

  • In its 10th year, Salute from the Shore is a flyover along the coast. The event begins at 1:00 p.m. on July 4th in Cherry Grove and ends in Beaufort. Everyone is enouraged to wave an American flag or be creative in a red, white and blue way, and  take photos/videos and share them on social media.

  • Wells Fargo Red, White and Blue Festival in Greenville hosts one of the state's largest fireworks displays. On July 4, from 5-10 p.m., take in live entertainment from two stages while enjoying food and beverages. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:45 p.m.


North Carolina

  • City of Wilmington's 4th of July Celebration takes place in downtown on July 4. Spend the day and/or evening shopping and dining, and then head to the Riverfront to enjoy fireworks at 9:05 p.m.

  • Blowing Rock hosts an Independence Day parade on July 6 at 2 p.m., as well as other activities throughout the day. At dark, fireworks are launched off from the Blowing Rock Country Club.


Kentucky

  • Downtown Lexington's Fourth of July Festival, presented by Ball Homes and Central Bank, on July 3- 4 offers the Great American Pie Contest and Ice Cream Social (noon-1 p.m., July 3), downtown street festival (9-6 p.m., July 4), Reading of the Declaration of Independence (11 a.m., July 4) and more. The event concludes with fireworks on July 4 at 10 p.m.

  • It's a Fireman's Fourth of July in Augusta, July 5-6. Hosted by the Augusta Volunteer Fire Department, it features a fish fry as well as other food,  children's games and activities and more. Fireworks on slated for July 6.


Virginia

  • Step inside Historic St. John's Church in Richmond for the "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" re-enactment. There's both a morning and afternoon show on Independence Day.

  • Virginia Beach's Stars and Stripes Explosion on July 4 features multiple live performances on oceanfront stages, starting at 7 p.m. Fireworks blast off around 9:30 p.m.


West Virginia

  • Heralded as "America's Largest Small Town Independence Day Celebration," Ripley's Fourth of July Celebration kicks off on July 2 and ends on July 7 with  live entertainment, Grand parade (July 4), ice cream social (July 6) and more. Fireworks are set for July 4 at 10 p.m.

  • Celebrate Independence and support West Virginia veterans at the inaugural Freedom Float in Charleston. On July 4, the seven mile kayak and/or small water craft float begins at 8 a.m., and is estimated to be completed four hours.


photo credit: top photo, courtesy of Lanier Islands; middle photo, courtesy of Visit Panama City Beach and Lou Hammond Group

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