It’s that time of year again when the Branson area skies will be filled with bright colors and the sound of freedom — it’s nearing Independence Day.
Businesses and cities throughout the area will host their own firework celebrations, including the Branson Landing, the Branson Ferris Wheel, College of the Ozarks, Top of the Rock, Chateau on the Lake, Rockaway Beach, Hollister and Kimberling City.
The Branson Ferris Wheel is the first to celebrate this year with it’s one-year anniversary on June 23, Julie Wilson, sales and marketing director for the Track Family Fun Parks, said in a phone interview.
The event starts at 7:30 p.m., and guests can ride the Ferris Wheel for a reduced price of $8 dollars for a 15 minute ride, or two rotations. For guests who come early on, Wilson said “the first 100 people to buy tickets will get a free root beer float from Andy’s Frozen Custard.”
There will also be a food truck, Getting Basted, on location for guests to enjoy. The Ferris Wheel will debut its new electrify show at 10:23 p.m., Wilson said, and then a fireworks show will begin at 10:30. The lights show and fireworks are free.
C of O is up next for its Fourth of July celebration, Honor America, on June 25. A press release from College of the Ozarks stated the event is from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Guests can buy barbecue sandwich meals or other food items until 7:45 p.m., the press release stated, and they can enjoy activities and music until the fireworks show begins at 8:30 p.m.
On July 1, Kimberling City “will host it’s 30th Annual Fireburst Celebration adjacent to the Kimberling City Bridge,” according to a press release from the Table Rock Chamber of Commerce. The show will begin at approximately 9 p.m. The event is free, but the Table Rock Chamber of Commerce will accept donations.
The Chateau on the Lake will hold its celebration on July 2. According to its website, “after our outdoor BBQ event, complete with live music, we will light up the evening sky to celebrate Independence Day.”
Monday, July 3 is when the Branson Landing will celebrate the Fourth of July with its 10th annual Liberty Light Up event.
“We do have exciting, new entertainment this year — Jason Pritchett,” Allison Snowden, marketing and special events coordinator for the Branson Landing, said in a phone interview. “We’ll be kicking off the concert at 7 p.m.”
The Liberty Light Up event is free, but guests can buy tickets to ride the zip line to and from the Sky Deck to watch the event, Bess Combs, events planner for the Sky Deck stated in an email. There will be snacks and a cash bar on the Sky deck.
Tickets are now available at Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline and Steampunk Balloon locations on the Landing, or at bransonlandingattractions.com, and will cost $75. Only 80 tickets will be sold, Combs stated.
On July 4, there will be three Independence Day celebrations from Top of the Rock, Hollister and Rockaway Beach.
Top of the Rock is hosting their fireworks show at dusk, according to it’s website.
The city of Hollister will host its 64th Annual Fireworks display and celebration in the Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Park at 6 p.m., according to the city’s website. The event will start with the Little Miss Firecracker Pageant, and at 7:45 p.m., New Premiere Dance Academy will perform.
Local businesses will have refreshments available, the website states, and at 9:15 p.m., Hollister Mayor David Tate will count down to the hand-lit fireworks show.
Rockaway Beach is planning to have a four-day event for its 52nd Annual Fourth of July event and its Centennial Celebration. On the fourth day, the event will start at 4 p.m. where there will be games and “lot’s of really good fair food,” Jackie Pyle, a coordinator for the event, said in a phone interview. The fireworks show will start at 9 p.m.