It's Independence Day everywhere, but on Broad it's Christmas

Welcome back to the To-Do List, where Daily Memphian staff suggests their favorite events and activities for the coming week.

This week, party in Overton Park, celebrate in downtown's Barboro Alley and try out your jazz talents at Crosstown Arts.

4th of July celebrations, Wednesday-Saturday:

The annual Independence Day Parade in Central Garden takes place on Thursday, July 4th. (Patrick Lantrip/The Daily Memphian-File)


Independence Day falls on a Thursday this year, but the fireworks began earlier this week and will continue through Saturday. The Memphis Redbirds' annual “Red, White and Boom” celebration will take place on Wednesday, July 3, and the first 1,500 fans will receive a Redbirds bucket hat. There will also be a postgame fireworks display, a performance by the Beale Street Flippers and a barbecue.

The City of Memphis' annual Liberty for All fireworks display will take place on Wednesday, July 3, at Liberty Park, with Bartlett, Collierville and Horn Lake also hosting fireworks displays that day.

Graceland's All-American 4th of July weekend runs Thursday, July 4 through Saturday, July 6, with a Salute to Memphis music concert, fireworks and more. Grind City Brewing Co. wanted to bring fireworks back to downtown and is hosting a full day of festivities starting at noon and ending with fireworks at 9 p.m.

Central Gardens and Cooper-Young will host neighborhood parades on Thursday, July 4. And the suburbs of Cordova, Germantown and Hernando will host fireworks displays on Independence Day.

Additionally, the Museum of Science and History and the Lichterman Nature Center are open on July 4th if you need something other than fireworks to keep you entertained on your day off.


For a full list of times and further details, see our fireworks guide. — Bianca Phillips

Christmas in July: First Fridays on Broad, Friday:

The Broad Avenue Art District is hosting its First Fridays event this Friday, July 5th. (Ziggy Mack/The Daily Memphian File)

We're about halfway through the winter holidays, so we're celebrating Christmas in July. And the timing is perfect, because snowmen and icicles sound like an ideal break from the sweltering Memphis summer. Of course, you'll have to pretend with these things, because it's going to be nearly 90 degrees on Friday. But the fact that shops on Broad Avenue will be selling special holiday merchandise and treats should help. Ho, ho ho, people. 5-8pm, admission free. Broad Avenue Arts District. Click here for more information. — Phillips

Portugal. The Man's “The Knik Country Tour” with Spoon Benders at Minglewood Hall, Friday:

Zoe Manville from Portugal. The Man performed during the 2023 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The band will play at Minglewood Hall on Friday, July 5. (Amy Harris/Invision/AP File)

You might think you've never heard of indie/psych/rock/pop darlings Portugal. The Man, but you probably have. At least one of their songs—the 2017 crossover hit “Feel It Still.” The groovy, bouncy song was the most Shazamed song in the United States for seven weeks this year, thanks to heavy radio exposure, an Apple ad, and a Vitaminwater spot featuring Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul. But Portugal. The Man have 20 years and nine albums full of other soulful, pulsating songs to rock out to. (Just be a rebel for fun and listen to “People Say,” “Modern Jesus,” and “Live in the Moment.”) Spoon Benders will open. Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m., $49.95. All ages. 1555 Madison Ave. Click here for more information. — Holly Whitfield


Summer Splash at Overton Park, Saturday:

Temperatures will soar to 90 degrees on Saturday, meaning the heat index will surely be near 100. You (and the kids) can cool off at this monthly summer water party in the park. Pop-up slides and water features will take over the Greensward. Can't make it this weekend? Overton Park is doing it again the first Saturday in August. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., free. 2080 Poplar Ave. Click here for more information. — Phillips

Shoot & Splice: TV & Screenwriting with Brandi Nicole at The Green Room at Crosstown Arts, Tuesday:

Screenwriter Brandi Nicole will speak about her experience working on “Your Honor” on Tuesday, July 9, in the Green Room at Crosstown Arts. (Courtesy of Crosstown Arts)

If you're obsessed with “Your Honor” (or maybe you need to catch the bug), you're in luck. Brandi Nicole, one of the writers behind the series, will be in the green room to talk about her experience working on season two. Nicole has written for Amazon's “Ballard” and Paramount+'s “Happy Face” and has spent her career creating and exploring complex and layered characters. She'll talk about how she got there and share tips on the creative and business side of writing. To learn more about the event, part of Indie Memphis and Crosstown Arts' Shoot & Splice series, click here. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the forum runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 280. — Kelsey Bowen

Alley Dayz at Barboro Alley, Wednesday:

The Downtown Memphis Commission is hosting Alley Dayz, a street festival on Barboro Alley on Wednesday, July 10. (The Daily Memphian File)

Who needs a street party when you can have a street fair? This new event from the Downtown Memphis Commission brings a DJ and local vendors to Barboro Alley on Main Street. Nearby restaurants, including Sage, Aldo's and Local on Main, will offer food specials and local historians will share the alley's backstory. 5:30pm-7:30pm Free. Click here for more information. — Phillips


Modern Masters Jazz Series with Fareed Haque and The Ted Ludwig Trio at The Green Room at Crosstown Arts, Wednesday:

This month's Crosstown Arts Jazz Series will feature modern guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, whose style is influenced by classical and jazz traditions. Over the years he has received all sorts of accolades, including being named “Best Guitarist in the World” by Guitar Player Magazine. He will be accompanied by seven-string jazz guitarist Ted Ludwig and his band. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., $20 in advance, $25 at the door, or $10 for students. 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 280. Click here for more information. — Phillips