Broad Street Baking Company (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601-362-2900, broadstbakery.com)
For the Fourth of July, Broad Street will have July 4-themed sugar cookies on a first-come-first-serve basis, though they can be special ordered as well. Customers must pick orders up by Sunday. Broad Street will be closed on July 4.
Primos Cafe (515 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601-898-3600; 2323 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-936-3398; primoscafe.com)
Primos Cafe will have red, white and blue iced cookies.
Campbell's Bakery (3013 N. State St., 601-362-4628; 123 Jones St., 601-362-4628, campbellsbakery.ms)
For July 4, Campbell's will have star-shaped red, white and blue teacakes and red, white and blue petit-fours. The bakery will be closed on July 4 and 5.
Nandy's Candy (1220 E. Northside Drive, 601-362-9553)
For July 4, Nandy's will have milk, white and dark chocolate stars; s'mores; and tubs of red, white and blue cotton candy. The business will be closed on July 4 and will reopen on July 5 for regular hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Pig & Pint (3139 N. State St.)
The Pig & Pint is taking orders for July 4 catering. For more information and to see a catering menu, visit pigandpint.com.
Hickory Pit (1491 Canton Mart Road)
For the Fourth of July, Hickory Pit will have a catering menu that includes items such as barbecue chicken sandwiches; double hamburgers; barbecue pork; barbecue chicken, Brunswick stew and other items. For more information, call 601-956-7079.
Amerigo Italian Restaurant (6592 Old Canton Road, 601-977-0563; 155 Market St., Flowood, 601-992-1550)
Amerigo will be closed on the Fourth of July; however, customers can pick up an order the day before. For more information, visit amerigo.net.
Sombra Mexican Kitchen (140 Township Ave., Suite 100, Ridgeland, 601-707-7950)
Sombra will be closed on the Fourth of July; however, customers can pick up an order the day before. For more information, visit sombramexicankitchen.com.
Chimneyville Smokehouse (970 High St., 601-354-4665, chimneville.com)
For July 4, Chimneyville will have a choice of smoked chicken quarters, pulled pork or beef brisket, and St. Louis-style ribs. The meals feed 10 and include sides baked beans, barbecue, potato salad or cole slow, and rolls or buns. Orders can be picked up on July 4 until 11 a.m.
Saltine Oyster Bar (622 Duling Ave., Suite 201, 601-982-2899)
Saltine will be closed on the Fourth of July; however, customers can pick up an order the day before. For more information, visit saltine
La Brioche (2906 N. State St., 601-988-2299, labriochems.com)
For the Fourth of July, La Brioche will have red, white and blue vanilla-flavored macarons, strawberries and cream chaja, which has almond cake, fresh strawberries, whipped cream, French meringue and is decorated red, white and blue. The patisserie also has fruit tarts with fruits such as blueberries and strawberries. La Brioche will not be open on Sunday, July 3, or Monday, July 4, but it will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 2.
Babalu Tacos & Tapas (622 Duling Ave., Suite 106, 601-366-5757, babalutacos.com)
On July 4, Babalu will be open during its normal hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The holiday falls on a Monday, which means $5 margaritas all day. Babalu will also have red, white and blue cocktails, and more.
Sugar Magnolia Takery (5417 Highway 25, Flowood, 601-992-8110)
For those who want to order food for Fourth of July, Sugar Magnolia has items such as chicken salad, pimiento cheese and Fourth of July-decorated sweet treats. The business can also do barbecue special-order. Sugar Magnolia will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2016 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest
June 30-July 3, the City of Canton Parks and Recreation department, Canton Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Mid-Mississippi Balloon Association and the Good Samaritan Center will partner together to host the 2016 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest. For a list of events or more information, visit ballooncanton.com.
Independence Celebration at the Rez
The fifth annual event, which is Saturday, July 2, includes a 5K run, classic car show, music from the Dylan Moss Band and Jay Herrington, kids' zones, food, a cardboard boat race, fireworks and more. The event is from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lakeshore Park (Lakeshore Drive, Brandon) and Old Trace Park (Old Park Trail, Ridgeland). For more information, visit ridgelandms.org.
Family Fireworks Extravaganza
On July 4 from 5 to 9:30 p.m., people can attend the Family Fireworks Extravaganza at Traceway Park (200 Soccer Row, Clinton). It features music from Little Big Town and the Kimberlee Helton Band, children's activities, food, fireworks and more. Admission is free, though parking is $8. For more information, call 601-924-6082.
2016 Farm Bureau Watermelon Classic
On July 4, the Mississippi Hall of Fame & Sports Museum will host the 2016 Farm Bureau Watermelon Classic. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. For more information, visit msfame.com.
Fourth of July Party
On July 4, Old House Depot (639 Monroe St.) will host its annual Fourth of July Party. The event features local food and music. For more information, call 601-592-6200.
Canton Gospel Fest Homecoming
On July 4, the annual Canton Gospel Fest Homecoming on the Historic Canton Square (Canton Square, Canton) begins at 6 p.m. It features national and local performers, and the event is free. For more information, call 800-844-3369.
Madison Family Fireworks
This year, Madison hosts its annual fireworks display at Liberty Park (Liberty Park Drive, Madison) on July 4. The event begins at 9 p.m. For more information, call 601-853-9109.
Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.): Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; free; call 601-354-6573.
Livingston Farmers Market (129 Mannsdale Road, Madison): Open Thursdays from 5-8 p.m.; the market features a different chef and performer each week, as well as book signings or artwork; ongoing until Thursday, July 7; cost: free; call 601-898-0212.
Downtown Madison Farmers Market's Tasty Tuesdays (Madison Square Center for the Arts, 2013 Main St., Madison): Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m.; Purchase locally grown and locally made foods from Mississippi farmers; ongoing until Monday, Sept. 26; free; call 601-813-3015.
Fresh at Five Farmers Market (Old Towne, Clinton, Jefferson Street and West Leake Street, Clinton): Tuesdays, 5 p.m.; Purchase locally produced items and enjoy vendors, music and interactive demonstrations; ongoing until Tuesday, Aug. 30; free; call 601-924-5474.
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