The Best Fourth of July River Cruise for Fireworks

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What could be more spectacular than watching Fourth of July fireworks? What about watching the colors light up the sky and reflect off the water of the majestic Mississippi River? At American Queen Steamboat Company, we've created the best riverboat dinner cruise that Memphis has to offer.

Book now through the end of our summer sale and you can enjoy a special rate on our luxurious amenities such as world-class gourmet dining, a variety of accommodations, live nightly entertainment, and shore excursions. On our vessels, we've prepared the perfect spot for you to enjoy an unobstructed view of the fireworks. You'll celebrate our nation's birthday in Paducah, Kentucky. This town combines a rich history with a colorful, modern fireworks display, which you can enjoy from the unique vantage point of the top deck of the American Queen.

About the Trip

If you're looking for a Memphis river cruise, look no further than our Bourbon Experience – a luxurious nine-day journey takes you right through the heart of America's South. You'll get an insider's look at the culture, cuisine, and independent spirit that is still run strong along the banks of the Mississippi River. On this cruise, you'll learn about the vital role bourbon has held in America's history as well as enjoy special tastings along the way.


Highlights include:

  • A special pre-cruise premium shore excursion in Memphis: The Elvis Experience. You can also get a feel for one of America's most musical cities with the Soundtrack of Memphis premium shore excursion, which takes you through the town's booming entertainment district.
  • Celebrate Independence Day in style in historic Paducah, Kentucky. Enjoy a delicious dinner before the fireworks and get an opportunity to celebrate with the locals. When night falls, you'll head to the top deck of the American Queen to enjoy spectacular views of the fireworks without crowds blocking the sights.
  • Owensboro, Kentucky is where you can really get a taste of the state's world-famous bourbon. There are a wealth of distilleries throughout the area. Our included shore excursion will take you to visit the O. Z. Tyler Distillery. Here you'll learn how bourbon is made, from grain and filtered water to the delicious, fiery final product. Naturally there's also a tasting room where you can enjoy some of Kentucky's best bourbon.

Louisville Kentucky ends your Ohio River Cruise in style. You'll find a lot to see and do in one of Kentucky's oldest cities. We offer our guests a wide selection of activities here, including our limited-edition Bourbon Hop-on Hop-off tour. This features a trip to the world renowned Jim Beam Distillery.

About the Vessel


Summer on the Mississippi River can be hot and humid, but you'll stay comfortable aboard the American Queen. As the largest steamboat ever built, it combines the opulence of eras gone by with the finest modern comforts including gourmet foods, Broadway-worthy live entertainment, and spa treatments to relax after a long day of sightseeing.

Bourbon and Bursts of Light at the Fourth of July River Cruise

This year, our Bourbon Experience river cruise has something special for the Fourth of July. With us, you will enjoy:
  • Memphis's rich music and culture.
  • Fireworks in true Americana style at Paducah.
  • Some of the finest Bourbon in the nation.
  • A visit to the Jim Beam Distillery.
With American Queen Steamboat Company, you'll experience a Fourth of July to remember. Visit our website for more information or give us a call to book your voyage today!