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Celebrating Independence Day under the fireworks on Mud Island

People from all over the state and country came to watch the fireworks and celebrate Independence Day on Mud Island.

MEMPHIS, Tenn.,(localmemphis.com) – People from all over the state and country came to watchthe fireworks and celebrate Independence Day on Mud Island.

The festivitiesincluded live music, swimming, different food vendors, and fireworks. 

George Abbott isthe executive director of external affairs for Memphis River Parks Partnershipsand said this year they wanted to feature local bands to perform foreveryone. 

“We have a bigparty here on Mud Island,” Abbott said. “It’s called a ‘Vibe on the Island.’ Wehave a bunch of bands tonight until the fireworks.”

Kids played inthe pool here at the park and danced to the live music. People came fromall over to celebrate the 4th of July in Memphis. 

Matti Murner andher family came from Georgia to see the Mississippi River and experienceMemphis music. Murner said she and her family thought Mud Island would bea great venue for that.

“We just read onthe internet that this was the place to be for the 4th of July,” Murnersaid. 

Sandra Bryant isa resident of Memphis and said every year she looks forward to the fireworksbecause it reminds her of her family. 

“My mom and dadalways took us to see the fireworks when we lived up in Michigan, and when mykids came along, I always made sure they got to see them,” Bryant said. “So,I’m like a big kid at heart when it comes to seeing the fireworks.”

Lance Bloodworthlives in Millington and said this 4th of July is special because he gets tospend it with family and friends. Bloodworth serves in the Navy and saidthe holiday is best spent with loved ones. 

“We’re able tospend it with family and sometimes my job takes me away from them, so this is adifferent story, and I get to be with them, and that’s a pretty special thing,”Bloodworth said.