10 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July in the Ozarks

June 25, 2017

America’s birthday is coming up! And it’s all thanks to the brave men and women in our armed forces that we are able to celebrate our country’s independence. America is beautiful and we couldn’t have this wonderful country without the efforts of these people. So, let’s all thank a veteran this 4th of July. They deserve it!

There are always tons of great celebrations of our country’s independence every year in the Ozarks. Here’s a breakdown of all the coolest get togethers to enjoy our freedoms and love life in the Ozarks!

Life360 Freedom Fest

Life360 is putting on one of the best fireworks shows in town, the Life360 Freedom Fest at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds! This event has free entry, free parking, and tons of fireworks to light up the sky. Gates open at 6pm and fireworks start at dusk. A few things to bring to the Life360 Freedom Fest: lawn chairs for seating, money for concessions (cash for some vendors), and 1 sealed/unopened bottle of water per member of your family. Note that coolers and pets are not allowed at the fairgrounds.


4th of July Free Train Rides

If your family loves train rides, and free things, this is the event for you! The Joplin & Springfield Railway would like to invite you to the free Fourth of July train rides on Saturday, July 1, Sunday, July 2, and Tuesday, July 4! The train rides will be from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm each day. Each train ride includes a two-mile round trip lasting approximately 20 minutes. The railway is located one mile south on the Springfield-Branson National Airport on Airport Boulevard.


4th of July Celebration at Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks has a ton of great things going on for Independence Day weekend! And there’s nothing quite like watching a beautiful fireworks display over the water. Check out the Facebook event for all of the festivities going on for July 4th!


Red, White and Zoo

July 4th is Military Appreciation Day at the Dickerson Park Zoo! There will be free admission for active or veteran military and their immediate family members all day. You must provide your ID at the gate! The Dickerson Park Zoo is open 9:00am to 5:00pm



BBQ Bash at Barley, Wheat and Rye

Barley, Wheat and Rye Social House is having a BBQ Bash on the 4th of July! It starts at 2pm and goes on until close. Check out their Facebook page for more info when the 4th gets closer!


4th of July Parade – Hats Off to America!

Springfield’s 27th Annual Old­ Fashioned 4th of July Parade and Celebration is happening at 10:00am on July 4th! It is sponsored by the Midtown Neighborhood Association. The parade starts on Benton just north of Central High School, goes up Washington and ends at Washington Park. At the end of the parade at the park, there will be live music, children’s games and prizes, a pie baking contest, ice cream from Hiland Dairy, food trucks, and parade award ceremonies!



City of Republic’s 21st Annual Have-a-Blast Patriotic Celebration


Join the City of Republic as they host the Have-a-Blast Celebration this year on July 4th! The celebration will be held at the J.R. Martin Park in Republic (300 E. Hines). Events include a performance by the popular local 80’s tribute band Member’s Only, great food, children’s activities provided by various private and non-profit vendors, an inflatable zone, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, fireworks, and more!  Admission is free, but some food vendors may have a small fee.


Silver Dollar City’s Star Spangled Summer

The Star Spangled Summer at SDC is still going strong! There are so many things to do this summer: catch the return of the Harlem Globetrotters in their final season, go on 40 thrilling rides and attractions, enjoy family games and contests, meet your favorite cartoon characters, and much more, all until July 16th.


Branson Landing’s 10th Annual Liberty Light Up Concert & Fireworks

If you’re looking for more fun in Branson for the 4th, check out the Liberty Light Up Concert going on at the Branson Landing! The concert will be headlined by Jason Pritchett and the Steel Horses, followed by an amazing choreographed fireworks display that will fill the skies over Lake Taneycomo!


Firecracker 5k and 10k


photo from runbranson.com

For the 17th year in a row, the Firecracker Run is happening once again! Starting at the Branson Landing, they have several race options: a 10k road race, a 5k road race, or a 1 mile walk/run (perfect for the kiddos!) with great views of Lake Taneycomo. You can register on their website, runbranson.com. Also, don’t forget to bring a can of food to help Christian Action Ministries.  They support local Cross Country programs for student athletes that can’t afford running gear!


What are your plans for the 4th? Let us know in the comments on Facebook!

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