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For most of this weekend, through Monday night, there will be plenty of pyrotechnics lighting up the sky across the Memphis metro area, including the suburbs.

You can’t really call it a Fourth of July celebration because some of the festivities are held on July 2 or 3. So, maybe we will just refer to each as an Independence Day event.

In fact, even this communique is a tad late. Arlington and Millington decided to hold their fireworks displays Thursday night, kickstarting the long holiday weekend.

Admittedly, having the holiday fall on a Monday does cause some scheduling problems. You have to wait until dark to have the full effect of a fireworks display for which cities spend thousands of dollars. That means not starting a 20-minute show until after 9 p.m.

That results in a late night for youngsters and the folks needing to get to work the following morning. 

With that in mind, some cities like Olive Branch start Friday. Others, like Collierville and Horn Lake decided on Saturday. Bartlett, Germantown and Southaven are loyal to the Fourth.

But the Monday holiday should make for a long weekend of fireworks to celebrate the peak of summer across the suburbs. - Suburbs editor Clay Bailey 

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