Celebrating Independence Day under the fireworks on Mud Island

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

The festivities included live music, swimming, different food vendors, and fireworks. 

George Abbott is the executive director of external affairs for Memphis River Parks Partnerships and said this year they wanted to feature local bands to perform for everyone. 

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

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

Matti Murner and her family came from Georgia to see the Mississippi River and experience Memphis music. Murner said she and her family thought Mud Island would be a great venue for that.

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

Sandra Bryant is a resident of Memphis and said every year she looks forward to the fireworks because it reminds her of her family. 

“My mom and dad always took us to see the fireworks when we lived up in Michigan, and when my kids 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 Bloodworth lives in Millington and said this 4th of July is special because he gets to spend it with family and friends. Bloodworth serves in the Navy and said the holiday is best spent with loved ones. 

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

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