VOL. 132 | NO. 131 | Monday, July 3, 2017
The Week Ahead: July 3-July 9
Daily News staff
Hello, Memphis – and happy almost-Fourth of July. Not sure where to catch the fireworks this week? We have a few suggestions, plus more local happenings you need to know about in The Week Ahead...
If you’re a fan of fireworks shows, why not catch more than one this week? Independence Day events abound throughout the county, so you're sure to find one in your neck of the woods. Admission is free unless otherwise noted.
• Bartlett Fireworks Extravaganza (Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center, U.S. 70 & Appling): Opening ceremony starts at 6 p.m., entertainment at 6:30 p.m., fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
• Collierville Independence Day Celebration (Cox Park, 440 W. Powell Road): Food vendors open at 6 p.m., entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
• Millington’s Flag City Freedom Celebration (USA Stadium, 4351 Babe Howard Blvd.): Gates open at 4 p.m., fireworks at sundown.
• Memphis Redbirds postgame fireworks (AutoZone Park): If you like a little baseball with your fireworks, check out the postgame display after the Memphis Redbirds wrap up their homestand with New Orleans. First pitch is at 6:35. Buy tickets at the AutoZone Park box office or via phone at 901-721-6000.
• Germantown Fireworks Extravaganza (Germantown Municipal Park, 1900 S. Germantown Road): Activities open at 5 p.m.; fireworks start at 9:10 p.m.
• Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular at Mud Island (Mud Island River Park, 125 N. Front St.): Park opens at 10 a.m., activities begin at 6 p.m., fireworks are at 9:15 p.m.
Two fireworks-related notes... the Shelby County Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office want to remind you consumer-level fireworks are illegal here and can be dangerous. Also, they’re really scary for dogs and cats, so keep your furry friends indoors and safe.
The sixth annual Memphis Stars and Stripes 5K will take place at 7 p.m. Monday at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Live music, great food and medals for all who finish the race. Cost is $30 on race day, and proceeds benefit the American Red Cross.
With the Fourth of July holiday on Tuesday, there isn’t much of anything going on in local officialdom this week. That’s not to say there won’t be some thinking about strategy and political moves once we are past that most patriotic of holidays. Because democracy.
Jerred Price performs as Elton John.(https://www.facebook.com/jerredpricememphis/)
Call him the Almost But Not Quite Rocketman. Jerred Price performs as Elton John Saturday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Hard Rock Memphis, a performance the Memphis Flyer has given a four-star review. Price’s “Almost … Elton John” was the featured act for Elton John’s 60th birthday celebration in New York City at a fundraiser for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. There will be free admission and free valet parking for tabs over $50.
The National Civil Rights Museum is closed Tuesday. But Wednesday, the museum begins its Small But Mighty Storytime, a weekly series throughout July for children ages 2-5. Each Wednesday this month at 10:30 a.m., a book will be read aloud, followed by activities related to that book. The free programs last about half an hour and take place in the lobby of the museum legacy building.
The Orpheum hosts a screening of "The Princess Bride" Friday, July 7. (orpheum-memphis.com)
“You killed my father. Prepare to die.” If you know what movie that’s from, if you still after all these years can quote Westley and Inigo Montoya and the rest, you’ll want to know The Orpheum is hosting a screening of “The Princess Bride” Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and younger.
Attendees will get to test their knowledge of the film with a lobby trivia contest for the chance to win a prize, and there will also be a drink special and photo booth with movie-themed props and quotes. Also on tap for the evening is a special performance by The Orpheum’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ.
Aspiring young screenwriters can up their game Saturday at Indie Memphis' "Script to Screen" workshop at Crosstown Arts' Story Booth, 438 N. Cleveland St. Award-winning screenwriter Melissa Sweazy will take students through an interactive journey of writing a short script – from brainstorming structure to character arcs – to discover the rules of screenwriting ... and then how to break them.
This free workshop is open to students in grades 7-12, but registration is required. You can sign up here.
The Daily News staff compiles The Week Ahead for you, our readers, every week. You'll receive it as part of our Monday online edition. Email associate editor Kate Simone at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have items for consideration.