5/16/17 - The Town of Collierville will be holding the annual Independence Day Celebration on July 3, 2017. This year, we are focusing the event on our veterans and active service members. The Town is seeking pictures of local military service men and women to feature through a special media presentation during the event that will showcase years of service, rank, branch, and decorations for valor. There will also be an “In Memoriam” portion of the presentation to remember passed veterans and those who gave their life during their service.6/2/17 - Mark your calendars – The Town will be holding its annual Independence Day Celebration on July 3, 2017, and this year it’s going to be better than ever.
“This year we're pulling out all the stops to give everyone the opportunity to honor America and our veterans in an exciting and memorable way. We've got a few surprises to start the show and you won't be disappointed,” said Tourism Director Ashley Carver.
With the theme of “Freedom, Family and Fun” the Town will be featuring a special salute to our veteran and active military service members along with exciting entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show.
Another new feature is this year’s MC. Mid-South TV Personality and WMCTV5 Chief Meteorologist Ron Childers along with Joyce Peterson Childers will be hosting the entertainment.
6/21/17 - If you’ve ever watched the fireworks show at the end of the Town of Collierville’s annual Independence Day Celebration, you know that it’s a spectacular site. This year, the Town is raising the bar to make the entire Independence Day event, from start to finish, as spectacular as the grand finale.
Kicking off the celebration on July 3 in Cox Park at 6:30pm, will be a Presentation of Colors by the Memphis Belle Color Guard under the direction of Staff Sergeant Blake Marr of the Tennessee Air National Guard while gospel vocalist Ephie Johnson sings the National Anthem. Members of the Tennessee Air National Guard will be flying a C-17 Globemaster III over the crowd to culminate the official start of the event, with what the flight crew calls “the sound of freedom.”
Headlining the entertainment includes the “Original Memphis Band” Young Petty Thieves, and the summer fun, beach band Conch Republic.
With the theme of “Freedom, Family and Fun” the Town will be featuring a special salute to our veterans and active military service members with a special media presentation. Accompanying a military spotlight will be Collierville native, singer-songwriter Lydia Waldrop performing America the Beautiful.
In addition to the Town’s hospitality tent for attending military veterans, the US Department of Veteran Affairs will have the local Mobile Vet Center on-site along with the “Highway for Heroes” Department of Motor Vehicles bus as an extra show of support for military service members.
A children’s area will include face painting and balloon artists. There will be numerous food vendors offering savory and sweet treats from wood-fired pizzas and gourmet burgers to specialty popsicles – with all the fair-food favorites in between.
6/28/17 - What is the “Sound of Freedom”? Ask the Tennessee Air National Guard, and they’ll tell you it’s the C17 Globemaster III. This impressive aircraft, measuring 174 feet long with a wingspan of 169 feet 10 inches, will be kicking off the 32nd Annual Collierville Independence Day Celebration on Monday, July 3rd at 6:30pm in Cox Park, 440 W. Powell Road.
The flyover will be operated by members of the 155th Airlift Squadron of the Tennessee Air National Guard who all have a special connection to Collierville either as a resident or Collierville High School graduate. The flight crew includes Lieutenant Colonel Nathan Pate, Major Will Abernathy, Major Shane O’Neil, Captain Phil Persechini, and Chief Master Sergeant Kenny MacFeggan.