The United States of America is celebrating her 243rd birthday next week, but here in Ozark Mountain Country, the celebrating gets started early. Last week, the Branson Ferris Wheel hosted thousands of folks for its Boomapalooza event, and Sunday night, one of the area’s most popular displays will get rolling just south of Branson in Point Lookout.


Honor America:

Sunday afternoon will see thousands of folks invade the campus of the College of the Ozarks for the 30th Annual Honor America event, which will kick off at 5:30 p.m.

Festivities begin with an old-fashioned barbecue picnic, which guests may purchase for a modest price. Food service closes promptly at 7:45 p.m. for a patriotic program.

Also kicking off at 5:30 are the children’s activities, which will include face painting, balloons, and a craft area where guests can make a thank-you card for Veterans.

At 6 p.m., musical acts begin to take the stage, with acts including the music of the Hunt Family Band, Boxen, and local favorites, the Voices of Glory. At 8:30 p.m., the patriotic program, “a well-loved tradition,” which includes the presentation of the colors and the Hard Work U. Concert Band, will perform and provide the musical backdrop for the fireworks display that concludes the event. The fireworks display will take place at sunset.

The public is invited to this free event, and are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for a picnic on the grounds.

July 3 -

Liberty Light-Up at Branson Landing:

Branson Landing will celebrate Independence Day on July 3 with the annual Liberty Light Up Concert & Fireworks featuring Jason Pritchett & The Steel Horses. 

Before he was a fixture on the charts, Pritchett appeared on “America’s Got Talent,” as well as in several Branson shows. A few years back, Pritchett’s single “Good Show” hit No. 16, earning him “Red Carpet” status at the CMA awards in Nashville. 

Recently, he has opening for Tyler Farr, Lee Brice, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Kelly Pickler. Also, Pritchett is slated to bring up local Branson celebrities to perform during the concert, and there will be an encore performance following the fireworks display. 

Speaking of fireworks, after the live performance, there will be plenty of crackling lights igniting over the  skies of Lake Taneycomo as this year’s celebration features a one-of-a-kind, up close, choreographed opening from Premier Pyrotechnics Inc. and a “heart-stopping” grand finale.

Things kick off at 7 p.m.


Fireburst at Kimberling City:

The Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce is again celebrating Independence Day at the lake with Fireburst 2019, set for Wednesday night. This locally-funded event will see a “professional fireworks display” erupting directly above the Kimberling City Bridge. 

Guests can view this event from the shoreline, the deck of a home or resort, or on the pristine waters of Table Rock Lake. The fireworks begin after dark, and the 9 p.m. start time is tentative.

July 4:

Firecracker 5000 Run at Branson Landing:

The Firecracker 5000 Run, which is held every year on July 4, kick off Independence Day festivities with a 5k or 10k road race, or a 1-mile walk/run, that winds through the Lake Taneycomo shoreline. 

In addition to an annual event drawing hundreds of folks from all over the world, proceeds from the race go to help support student cross-country athletes that can’t afford running gear and local fine art programs. 

`Also, this event also benefits Christian Action Ministries. Folks wanting to help should bring a can of non-perishable food for Christian Action Ministries. 


66th Annual Fireworks Celebration in Hollister :

The City of Hollister will celebrate Independence Day with the 66th Annual Fireworks display and celebration at Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Park July 4.

The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. with the 7th Annual Little Miss Firecracker Pageant, which features children ages, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-11 years old. 

Visit the City of Hollister’s website for an entry form. At 7:45 p.m., the New Premiere Dance Academy will entertain the crowd with their award-winning performances. 

Guests can also enjoy refreshments throughout the evening in preparation of the countdown to the hand-lit fireworks show, which is slated to begin at 9:15 p.m. and be officiated by Mayor David G. Tate.


4th of July Patriotic Picnic at Big Cedar Lodge:

Once again, Big Cedar Lodge will hold  events for both guests and non-guests on July 4. 

Those who are not overnight guests of Big Cedar Lodge will be able to pay $20 to park and gain entry for the events.

Things get going at 4:30 p.m. with fun games, contests, crafts, entertainment and more. Folks can purchase items from a picnic-style barbecue menu prepared by Big Cedar’s Culinary Team available on the Swimmin’ Hole Lawn and Grandview Conference Center Lawn.

At 5:30 p.m. there will be a watermelon eating contest, followed by a Nitro the Bull, a mechanical bull, riding competition, then a concert by the Petersens at 7 p.m.

A military flyover and air show begins at 7:45 p.m., followed by a concert featuring Members Only at 8 p.m. The fireworks show is a dusk.


Independence Day Celebration at Chateau on the Lake:

The Chateau on the Lake is again celebrating America’s birthday with food, fun, fireworks and more.

Things get started at 4 p.m. with Patriotic Ribbon Wand Craft and the Crawdaddies Kids Club. A fee applies for both events.

From 5-8 p.m., folks can purchase items from the Chateau’s Red White Blue BBQ Picnic at the Garden Terrace. 

The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. over the waters of Table Rock Lake.

Public Parking for July 4th Fireworks is $15 per vehicle to non-guests of the resort. 

Parking for non-guests opens at 1 p.m.


Rockin’ Fourth of July event at Rockaway Beach:

This all day event serves as celebrations for Rockaway Beach, Merriam Woods, Forsyth and several other small communities in the area. 

There will be vendors, fun and games, as well as fireworks that night. 

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