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5 Summer Things To Do in Tupelo


1. Watch the fireworks in Ballard Park for July 4th

Every Independence Day THE BIGGEST 4th of July celebration in North Mississippi takes place Ballard Park. With food vendors, music on the stage, inflatables for kids to play on and much more, this event is a great way to spend your day on July 4th in anticipation of the wonderful fireworks display that takes place that night!

2. Do some shopping at Barnes Crossing Mall

barnes crossing mall entrance

Summertime can also mean shopping time for some, whether it’s back to school shopping or finding that perfect new summer outfit, The Mall at Barnes Crossing is a great place to get it done. The mall is a super regional mall located northeast of Downtown Tupelo. It is home to over 90 specialty shops, five anchor stores and an eight-screen Cinemark movie theater, and a 600-seat food court.

3. Enjoy a free Down on Main concert

The Down on Main Summer Concert Series consists of three free concerts that take place in Fairpark over the next three months. The atmosphere is fun, family friendly and a perfect way to spend a summer night! The concerts will be July 13 featuring Heath Green & the Makeshifters with support from Papa Mali, August 10 with blues prodigy Kingfish and Mr. Sipp, and September 14 featuring Jeff Crosby and the Refugees with George McConnell.

4. Hike the Blackland Prairie Trail on The Natchez Trace

dog on the covered trail of the blackland prairie trail on the natchez trace

(Photo by @remy.thegolden)

This scenic trailhead is located just across the Parkway from the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center (Mile Marker 266). Hikers can travel six miles along the outskirts of Tupelo, or 12 miles roundtrip if they prefer. This hike is a perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors within Tupelo while never being too far from the Trace itself.

5. See some incredible classic cars (and enjoy the cool A.C.) at the Tupelo Automobile Museum

If the outdoors aren’t really your thing (or maybe it’s just a rainy day), the Tupelo Automobile Museum is a great way to spend a summer day inside checking out some amazing classic cars. Once just one mans private car collection, the museum is now 120,000 square feet of automobile displays and open viewing restoration bays featuring over 100 antique, classic and collectible automobiles, chronologically displayed, illustrating the progress of over 100 years of automobile design and engineering. The collection is valued at over $6 million!