Looking for something to do this Fourth of July? We've created the ultimate guide for what's going on in the Omaha area! The city is full of activities; from parades, concerts and of course - fireworks shows, this list provides something for everyone!
Friday - June 30th
Bank of the West Celebrates America @ Memorial Park - 6:00 pm
This annual event brings a large crowd every year, go with your friends and family to enjoy a FREE concert featuring Kool & the Gang in the evening, followed by a huge fireworks show after! Helpful hint, go early to reserve a good spot in Memorial Park - this event gets packed very quickly!
Saturday- July 1st
Red, White & Zoo! @ The Henry Doorly Zoo - 9:00am-5:00pm (July 1st-4th)
Visit the zoo at the cost of regular admission but enjoy the extras that the zoo provides such as, bounce houses, music and special animal encounters! The first 800 people to walk through the gates will receive a free patriotic gift!
Red, White & Blue Days @ Omaha Children's Museum - Museum Hours Vary (July 1st-3rd)
Monday-Friday - 10:00am to 5:00pm | Saturday - 9:00am to 5:00pm | Sunday - 11:00am to 5:00pm
Patriotic-theme activities will take over at the museum including a Red, White & Blue Science Show, milk fireworks and red, white and blue painting!
Lake Manawa Fireworks Show - 10:00pm
This year will be the biggest show ever! 101.9 will have music to listen along with during the show.
College Home Run Derby and Omaha World-Herald's Fireworks @ T.D. Ameritrade - 8:00pm
The College World Series might be over but T.D. Ameritrade isn't done with baseball just yet. Catch this years College Home Run Derby and one of the best fireworks displays! This is an Omaha tradition and will be the 33rd year of the OWH fireworks show!
Sunday - July 2nd
Independence Fireworks @ Werner Park - post game (July 2nd & 3rd)
The Stormchasers will play before the show begins, so get in your baseball fix then enjoy the post game fireworks show! Every Friday the Stormchasers have a game, fans enjoy a fireworks show but this show will be the best yet!
Summer Concert Series Feat. Chad Elliott @ Narrows River Park, Council Bluffs - 4:00pm
FREE outdoor concert, no need for tickets or reservations! Free food for the first 75 guests provided by Hy-Vee!
Monday - July 3rd
Ralston Independence Day Festivites - All day event (July 3rd & 4th)
Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a variety of family friendly events, picnic in the park with live music & a pie/ice cream social, a family street dance, fun run/walk, a parade & more! All day fun on July 3rd and 4th - don't miss the fireworks show on July 4th!
Tuesday - July 4th
Star Spangled Day @ Omaha Pools - ALL DAY
Cool off at an Omaha pool with $1 admission from 1:00-5:00pm!
Additional 4th of July Fireworks Shows:
Blair's Annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration 8:00-10:00pm
Boys Town Fireworks Spectacular - 9:30pm
Champion's Run Golf Course - 10:00pm
Omaha Country Club - 10:00pm
Armbrust Acres Homeowners Association Celebration: Parade starts at 11 a.m. at 165th and Center; residents decorate strollers, bikes, trucks and cars in patriotic themes. Several events will be held throughout the day leadin up to the fireworks display at 9 p.m. Carnival begins at 4 p.m. Armbands required for carnival rides can be purchased at the park after the parade for $10 each. Children younger than 2 are free. Carnival activities include: bounce house, visits with the Real Princesses of Omaha, lots of games and more.
Cryer/Skylark Neighborhood Association: Annual parade and block party. Parade starts at 10 a.m. at Cryer Pool, 11783 Cryer Ave. Come early to sign in for give-a-ways. Old cars, bikes, strollers, floats and more are welcome. The parade will conclude with a block party at the corner of 118th and Cedar Streets. There will be bounce house, games, food, clowns and the Omaha Street Percussion.
Field Club Homeowners League: Annual parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at Westminster Church, 3416 Woolworth Ave. Events will include face-painting, fire engines, hot dogs and cookies. Television and radio personalities Carol Schrader and Otis 12 will kick off the parade and host the award presentations.
J.E. George Boulevard Fourth of July Parade: The 65th annual parade begins at 10 a.m. starting at J.E. George Boulevard and Nicholas Street; children and families walk or ride decorated bikes, big wheels, wagons, strollers and homemade floats; this year’s grand marshals are Bruce and Sharon Horacek, who have lived on J.E. George since 1979; the honored guest for the parade is Bridget Fitzpatrick, and Capt. Shayna Ray and Lt. Darci Tierney of the Omaha Police Department.
Leawood West Neighborhood Association: Fourth of July Parade begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of 130th Street and Leavenworth. The end location is Deer Ridge Park. Fresh fruit, donuts and juice provided. Event will also feature music and Liberty the Clown, who will make balloon characters.
AROUND THE REGION
Ashland: Events begin with 2-mile and 10k runs at 7:45 a.m.; annual parade begins at 10 a.m. at Triangle Park; a booth and craft fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by music in Lithia Park. The annual fireworks display, sponsored by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 9 p.m. at SOU Athletic Field in Ashland. Viewable from most parts of Ashland.
Fairbury: 45th annual Fairbury Flea Market all day Saturday at Fairbury City Park. Fourth of July parade at 10 a.m. on July 4. Annual Fourth of July fireworks show begins at dusk.
Kearney: Fort Kearny Stampede Day will be held July 4 and 5 at Fort Kearny State Historical Park. Soldiers’ Camp and Living History Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 4 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 5. The cannon firing will be held at 2 p.m. both days. The Central Nebraska Woodcarvers will also demonstrate wood carving. A Nebraska state park sticker is required. A daily park sticker is $5 per vehicle and can be purchased at the Visitor Center.
Grand Island: The Stuhr Museum holds an 1894 Independence Day celebration 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum, 3133 W. U.S. Highway 34; Railroad Town parade, Silver Cornet Band concert, patriotic program, pie-eating contests and games on the green; admission, $10 for adults, $8 for children and free for Stuhr and Hastings Museum members; for more information, call 308-385-5316.
Homestead National Monument: 7 p.m. traditional campfire program at the Heritage and Education Centers at Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice, Nebraska; free
Seward: Events at the widely known old-fashioned Fourth of July family celebration begin with the Dowding Municipal Pool at noon Friday and finish with the City Band Concert in the band shell at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, July 5. July 4 events begin at 7 a.m. with the VFW Community Breakfast and finish with the 10 p.m. fireworks show at Plum Creek Park. Some highlights include: 10 a.m. Nebraska National Guard Museum building dedication and unveiling of the 70th anniversary of the Nebraska Air National Guard Memorial; 4 p.m. grand parade; 8 p.m. concert with Columbus Jazz Orchestra in Plum Creek Park. The day also features contests, games, a carnival, a patriotic pageant, food and more; park at the high school and ride the free shuttle; full schedule: julyfourthseward.com.
Avoca: Fireworks at dusk on July 4.
Glenwood: The second annual Blues Brews and BBQ event at Glenwood’s Lake Park will be held starting at noon July 4. The day will feature live music, a beer garden, antique tractor show, vendor fair, fireworks and more. For more information, go online to bluesbrewsbbqs.com.
Harlan: Fireworks at dusk Sunday night at JJ Jensen Park, 312 Cyclone Ave.
Logan: The annual Fourth of July parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Maple Avenue and U.S. Highway 30. The parade will go down Highway 30 and turn left on Fourth Avenue where it ends at Sixth Street. The theme this year is “Seasons and Holidays on Parade.” Following the parade, kids games will be in front of the Logan Post Office. Venture over to the city park following the games. There will be pony rides, bingo and a mobile gaming truck for the kids that can fit up to 28 players at once. At dusk, the annual fireworks display will be set off at the Logan-Magnolia Junior and Senior High School athletic grounds.
Oakland: Saturday’s slate starts with a pancake feed at the Oakland Fire and Rescue station, with breakfast served from 7 to 10 a.m. The Run for the Rock 5K and 3K starts at 8 a.m., with registration at 7 a.m. The tractor show will start at 9 a.m. From 11 a.m. until dusk, beer and food will be served at a tent sponsored by The Buck Snort, while a two-ball golf tournament runs starts at 11 a.m. at the Oakland Country Club. The car show runs from noon until 3 p.m., with registration starting at 9 a.m. The band Clean & Easy will perform during the show. Freedom Rock drawing runs from 1 to 3 p.m., with the parade at 5 p.m. Parade registration starts at 4 p.m. A free-will offering dinner from Hodges Smokehouse is planned at 6 p.m., with a hog raffle at 6:45 p.m. Kids bingo will be called from 6:30 to 8 p.m., followed by glow wands and wristbands being sold. Fireworks are scheduled for dusk.
Underwood: Day features the fifth annual State Farm Runderwood 5K walk/run at 7 a.m.; a pancake breakfast, bloody marys and beer from 7 to 10 a.m.; 10:30 a.m. parade, games, bingo, beer garden, teen dance, food stands, dodgeball tournament, and grand finale fireworks show at 10 p.m.