Celebrate Independence This Weekend



Barack Obama doesn't have to wear a flag pin on his lapel to show his patriotism. And neither do you. In fact, we hope you're not even wearing a lapel tomorrow because it's a freakin' holiday. So trade that suit for flips-flops and cut-off shorts, and get to one of these local Fourth of July celebrations.

Every year, boozing, obnoxious Memphians and reserved, sober families come together in Tom Lee Park for downtown's Star Spangled Celebration. It may be the only time the two factions can come together in harmony, so head downtown Friday at 3 p.m. for the phenomenal fireworks show over the Mississippi River. The event will also feature music by C-Note, The Soul Shockers, and Tom, Dick, and & Harry.

Before heading to the festival, join the Sierra Club for their annual Fourth of July Picnic. They'll be grilling out in Overton Park, but the party is potluck, so bring a pack of hot dogs or wow the crowd your family recipe potato salad. The picnic lasts from 1 to 6 p.m. on Friday.

If downtown is out of your way, save gas and hit up one of the celebrations on the eastern edge the county. The Cordova Fourth of July Parade kicks off at the Cordova Community Center at 9 a.m. tomorrow, and Germantown's Family Fourth Celebration begins at 5 p.m. at the Germantown Municipal Center,

For more Fourth of July fun, check out the Flyer's searchable online calendar.

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