Epic July 4th Celebrations in the Ozarks

June 26, 2016

America’s birthday is coming up! It’s a time for hot dogs and hamburgers. It’s a time for lemonade, cold brews, and iced tea. Sparklers and Roman candles will certainly make appearances. 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 at the gatherings we attend 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 shoot fireworks, enjoy our freedoms, and love life in the Ozarks!



Life 360 Freedom Fest

This is a great 4th of July event that is free for all ages! Life360 Church is coming together with several local radio stations to put on the “Ozark’s grandest July 4th fireworks display!” It all starts at 6pm on July 4th at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. There will be inflatables, food and fireworks starting at dusk! This event has fun for the whole family.


Fireburst Fourth of July Fireworks Show on Table Rock Lake in Kimberling City
Watching a fireworks show is great, but how about watching them reflected over a lake?! Just minutes from the lights of Downtown Branson, Table Rock is putting on the Fireburst Fourth of July Fireworks Show! The event is on July 2nd and there’s not a bad seat in the house. Head to Indian Point, near West Branson, and bring a chair to enjoy the festivities. Those who prefer to spend the holiday on the water, boat rentals can be hard to come by on this holiday so be sure to plan ahead! Check out their website for more details.



Branson Landing’s 9th Annual Liberty Light Up Concert & Fireworks
Branson Landing has a ton of stuff going on for the Fourth of July! On Sunday July 3rd, the ‘Liberty Light Up Concert and Fireworks’ is lighting up the sky. It starts at 8:00pm with concert featuring the band Resurrection, which is a Journey tribute band, all the way from Nashville, TN. Following the concert will be an amazing choreographed fireworks show produced by Gateway Fireworks Displays! You won’t want to miss this one.


Springfield’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July Parade & Celebration
Springfield’s only July 4th parade within the Midtown Historic District is gearing up to roll out for the holiday! The theme of this year’s parade is “Uncle Sam Wants You – To Vote.” Children are invited to march or ride their bicycles in the parade for free. Some parade entries this year include The Shrine Brass Band, Central High School Kilties, Greater Ozarks Bluegrass Society Band, antique cars, floats, and more! The parade begins at 10:00am on Benton Avenue in the Drury parking lot, just north of Central High and ends at Washington Park. There is a celebration at historic Washington Park right after the parade, starting at 11:00am. Live music from The Norman Jackson Band as well as children’s games and prizes, apple pie baking contest and free ice cream from Hiland Dairy will be a part of the festivities!



Silver Dollar City’s Star Spangled Summer & Moonlight Madness
Starting on June 11th and going on until July 24th is Silver Dollar City’s Star-Spangled Summer! This month and a half of celebrating is packed with family fun, featuring the highly anticipated return of The Harlem Globetrotters and The Magic of Peter Gossamer. Of course, this also includes SDC’s 40 rides & attractions! AND on July 4th, enjoy a fireworks show as a part of Silver Dollar City’s Moonlight Madness. You can enjoy extended ride time or dance the night away on the square.


Patriotic Picnic at Big Cedar Lodge
This year’s Patriotic Picnic is sure to be an unforgettable one! Enjoy a fireworks display over Table Rock Lake, lawn games, live music, mechanical bull rides– all on the Swimmin’ Hole Lawn at Big Cedar Lodge. Delicious barbecue will be prepared by Big Cedar’s culinary team. This event is open to the public and Big Cedar Lodge guests.

To continue extending these offerings to the general public while maintaining traffic flow and convenience, the resort is implementing new parking and access procedures:


  • Big Cedar Lodge: Guests not staying overnight can take advantage of shuttle service from a remote parking lot to the resort for $10 per vehicle. Shuttle access is available from a remote parking lot south of the 86-65 roundabout across from the White Oak Station. No pets or personal fireworks are allowed. No other resort access is available.
  • Top of the Rock: All visitors can enter through the welcome booth and park in visitor parking for $10 per vehicle. Parking cost can be reimbursed with the equivalent purchase on food, beverages or amenities while at Top of the Rock. Coolers are not permitted.
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