Family-Friendly Fourth

Plan your 4th of July celebrations in Hattiesburg with this guide to all activities family-friendly!

On July 3, the Star-Spangled Celebration on the River will kick off the week’s patriotic festivities in both Hattiesburg and Petal! Both cities will host music, activities, and, of course, food on their respective sides of the Leaf River. The family-friendly – and FREE! – event will offer kid zones, event t-shirts, and specialty souvenirs. 

At 9 p.m., the two cities will join forces in a spectacular fireworks show over the Leaf River that you don’t want to miss. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and sit back to enjoy the show. This celebration of the country's birthday will take place in Chain Park in Hattiesburg and Petal River Park in Petal. Join VisitHATTIESBURG at this grand event from 6PM - 10PM.


For a fireworks show on the 4th, check out Paul B. Johnson State Park. The entry fee is $10 per car for up to six people. The fireworks display will start at 9PM, so be sure to arrive early for a great view!


Community events are also popping up all weekend! Check out the Community Picnic at Temple Baptist ChurchCentral Baptist Church Fourth of July Celebration, and the Dixie Community Independence Day Celebration on July 2. Want to stay active? Camp Shelby is hosting their Freedom 5k and 1 Mile Walk/Run for the whole family.


Want to spend some time out on the water? Right outside of town we have two great creeks to explore. Whether you like to ride the lazy river or paddle downstream, Black Creek Canoe Rentals and Okatoma Outdoor Post are a great way to get outside and get going! Both have kayaks and canoes available to rent, but call ahead to reserve yours!


Open from dawn until dusk, The Longleaf Trace starts in Hattiesburg and runs all the way to Prentiss; run, walk, or cycle your way through a peaceful and shady trail. Don’t forget to pack a picnic for a shaded-stop along the way. The gateway at USM offers a variety of bikes for rent from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday. 


The Hattiesburg Zoo is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Zoo has nearly 100 species of animals, a train, a splash pad and a ropes course for every kind of adventurer! 


Looking to grab a bite to eat? Hattiesburg is home to plenty of family-friendly restaurants. Treat yourself with a gourmet shake at Ed’s Burger Joint before battling your kids in giant yard games. Others include: Topher’s Rock ‘N Roll GrillGlory Boundand Mugshots.

Complete your HBURG stay by satisfying your sweet tooth with a treat at a local bakery, donut shop, or snow cone stand!