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Oh say can you see all the opportunities to celebrate the United States this Independence Day? All events listed below feature free admission, family-friendly live music, and food and beverage vendors.

On Saturday, July 1st, it's the "Star-Spangled Celebration" at Shelby Farms. The show will feature live performances from Hoobastank, Breaking Point, and Survivor's Jimi Jamison. Gates open at 3 p.m., and fireworks start at 9:50 p.m.

On Monday, July 3rd, the "Red, White, and Blue Celebration" will be held at Tom Lee Park on the banks of the Mississippi from 4 to 10 p.m., with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. There will be a motorcycle show, an antique car show, games, a barbecue-eating contest, and a hot-dog-eating contest. American Idol finalist Gideon McKinney will sing the national anthem.

Also on Monday is the "Fireworks Extravaganza" at Bartlett's Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center, which will feature a performance of patriotic songs by the Bartlett Community Concert Band, as well as a show with Common Ground. Gates open at 6 p.m., and fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, July 4th, check out the Independence Day Parade at the Cordova Community Center. After a half-hour patriotic program starting at 9:30 a.m., there will be a parade of children and adults, complete with floats and costumes.

In Germantown, it's the "Germantown Family Fourth Celebration" at Municipal Park. This annual community gathering will offer live music, games, rides, a petting zoo, and a fishing rodeo. Gates open at 5 p.m., and fireworks begin at 9:10 p.m.

See this week's calendar for complete fourth of july listings.

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