July 4, 2008

Fourth of July – Lots to Do During Holiday

By Emily Adams Keplinger

As you enjoy the July Fourth holiday, here's a list of area attractions that are open for recreational fun .

Children's Museum of Memphis, 2525 Central Ave.

Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission: $9 ages 1-100; children under 1 and museum members, free.

Special events for the day include:

Fireworks Art: Stop by Art Smart to explore your creative side. We might draw a picture or write a poem. Ages 6+. Time: 11 a.m. Included with museum admission.

Apple Pie Fourth of July Storytime: Read and relax while you enjoy a favorite story. All ages. Time: noon. Included with museum admission.

Freedom Shakers: All ages. Time: 1 p.m. Included with museum admission

Independence Day Parade: All ages. Time: 2 p.m. Included with museum admission.

Let Freedom Sing Karaoke: Sing your favorite tunes on a real stage in The Little Orpheum. All ages. Time: 3:30 p.m. Included with museum admission.

For information, call 320-3170 or visit cmom.com.

Elmwood Cemetery, 824 S. Dudley Street

The grounds of the cemetery are open, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office will be closed, though. For information, call 774-3212 or visit elmwoodcemetery.org.

Fireworks, Tom Lee Park

The Fireworks Finale over the Mississippi will take place at sunset. But the afternoon will kick off with FM 100 and Beale Street Merchants Association presenting the Red White and Blues Star Spangled Celebration 2008. Live music on the Main Stage begins at 3 p.m. featuring:

- Tom, Dick & Harry

- The Soul Shockers

-National Recording Artist Cnote

- 10 Years

There also will be moon bounces, games and a petting zoo in the Family Zone. And a flag presentation and bike parade will be presented by Southern Thunder and Graceland Harley Davidson.

Graceland , 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ticket options and prices:

Option (1) Graceland Elvis Entourage VIP Tour: adults and children over age 6, $68; and children 6 and under, free.

Option (2) Graceland Platinum Tour: adults, $32; seniors, $28.80; youth/students, $28.80; children 7-12, $15; and children 6 and under, free.

Option (3) Graceland Mansion Tour: adults, $27; seniors, $24.30; youth/students, $24.30; children 7 - 12, $10; and children 6 and under, free.

"Private Presley" is one of the new exhibits at Graceland . It covers the time 50 years ago when, at the zenith of his early superstardom, Elvis Presley was inducted into the army.

For information, call 332-3322 or visit elvis.com.

Lichterman NatureCenter , 5992 Quince Road

Hours: 9 a.m. to5 p.m.

Admission: adults - $6, seniors - $5.50, children (age 3-12) - $4.50 and children under 3 - free.

For more information, call 767-7322, or log onto memphismuseums.org.

The Pink Palace Museum with Sharpe Planetarium and Crew Training International IMAX Theater , 3050 Central Ave.

Pink Palace Museum

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: adults - $8.75, seniors (60 and above) - $8.25, children (3-12) $6.25 and children under 3, free.

Sharpe Planetarium

Hours: 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. shows.

Admission: adults $4.50, seniors - $4, children (3-12) $4 and children under 3, free.

"Treasure!" is the museum's traveling exhibit, "Roving Mars" and "Sea Monsters" are the IMAX films, and "WSKY: Radio Station of the Stars" and "Starlit Nights Live" are the shows in the Planetarium.

Crew Training International IMAX Theater


11 a.m. Sea Monsters

1 p.m. Sea Monsters

2 p.m. Roving Mars

3 p.m. Sea Monsters

4:05 p.m. Sea Monsters

Admission: adults - $8; seniors - $7.25, children (3-12) - $6.25 and children under 3 - free. Tip: Arrive 20-30 minutes prior to show time due to limited seating.

For information, call 320-6362 for information or visit their Web site, memphismuseums.org.

YMCAs of Memphis & the Mid-South

- Davis YMCA, 4727 Elvis Presley Blvd.

- Fogleman Downtown YMCA, 245 Madison Avenue

- Mason YMCA, 3548 Walker Avenue

- Medical Center YMCA, 777 Washington, Suite 405

- Nuber YMCA, 5885 Quince Rd

- Sweeney YMCA, 5959 Park Avenue

Hours at all locations: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional info, visit ymcamemphis.org.

The Memphis Zoo

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., grounds close at 6 p.m.

Admission: $13 adults (ages 12-59) - $8 children (ages 2-11), seniors - $12 (ages 60+); children under age 2 admitted free.

Take note of this special summer promotion - "Dew the Zoo!" Specially marked 12-ounce Mountain Dew cans feature a Buy One, Get One Zoo admission - the cans are available at grocery and convenient stores. For more information, log onto memphiszoo.org.

The following will be CLOSED in observance of the July Fourth holiday:

All Memphis Public Library & Information Center locations . For more information, go to memphislibrary.org.

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave. For more information, visit brooksmuseum.org.

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Avenue. For more information, log onto dixon.org.

The National Ornamental Metal Museum , 374 Metal Museum Drive. For more information, visit [email protected]

Originally published by Emily Adams Keplinger [email protected] .

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