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Black Hills communities celebrate Fourth of July

Black Hills communities celebrate Fourth of July

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This red, white and blue display of pyrotechnics was part of the Sturgis City Fireworks display in 2017. Sturgis will host this year's Independence Day Celebration from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 4 at Harley-Davidson Rally Point Plaza. The fireworks display will start at 9:15 p.m.

With Independence Day a little more than a week away, many Black Hills and Badlands communities are taking part in the celebration of the birth of our nation. Here’s a guide to the firework shows, parades and rodeos throughout the region.

Note: Due to construction, Mount Rushmore National Memorial will not hold any special events for Independence Day in 2019.

Here are other upcoming holiday celebrations in the region: 

Rapid City

July 2: Rapid City Post 22 Baseball will host its annual fireworks display following the conclusion of the 7 p.m. game at Floyd Fitzgerald Stadium.

July 4

Main Street Square in Rapid City will host its Independence Day Celebration from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Celebrate Independence Day with an afternoon concert and yard games, then stay to watch the city's fireworks.

The city will set off fireworks from the executive golf course, 210 Founders Park, at dusk. If rained out, they will be on July 5.

Arrowhead Country Club will also set off fireworks at dusk.

July 6: Elks Lodge 1187 in Rapid City will host its annual fireworks display at dusk.

Belle Fourche

Center of the Nation Independence Days continue through July 7 in Belle Fourche. Festivities include craft and vendor shows, local businesses holding special events and sales, and concerts in the park.

The 100th Annual Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche will take place July 2-6 with four days of rodeo action, a NorthStar Amusement Carnival, concerts, and more. There will be two nights of fireworks, July 3 and 5 at 10 p.m. at the Roundup Grounds, and the annual parade at 10:30 a.m. July 4, with a B-1 Flyover to kick off the festivities.

Box Elder

Box Elder will host its annual Fourth of July bash from 4-10 p.m. July 6 with a parade, demolition derby, and live music. The fireworks show will start at dusk behind True Value on North Ellsworth Road. This event is free and open to the public.


Custer will host its annual Old Time Country Fourth Celebration July 3-4. Spend the holiday enjoying a Children’s Fair, Arts & Crafts Fair, live music and family games. The Kids & Patriots parade kicks off at 10 a.m. July 4 with a B-1 flyover, and the fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m. at Pageant Hill.


Deadwood is holding its Independence Day Parade at 3 p.m. July 4 downtown. The Lead parade will follow at 4 p.m.

Devils Tower, Wyo.

Fourth of July party, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., fireworks at dusk, Devils Tower KOA, Devils Tower National Monument, Wyo.

Hill City

Hill City is hosting a July 4 Celebration July 3-6 at 1880 Train. Take a ride on an authentic steam train through the beautiful Black Hills, and enjoy a western shootout on the 6:45 p.m. departure July 3, 5 & 6. Departures sell out fast, so reservations are encouraged.

Hot Springs

The day beings at 6 a.m. July 4 with a Firecracker 5K/10K at Chautauqua Park. The parade starts at 10 a.m. downtown, and a community picnic is at 11 a.m. at the Mueller Center. The Rubber Duck Race starts at 1 p.m. at Centennial Park, and the fireworks display starts at dusk.


Interior will host Frontier Days July 3-5. The annual parade takes place at 1 p.m. July 4 downtown and there will be a free barbecue at 6 p.m. at City Park. The fireworks show starts at dusk at Eighth and Canal. Join in one of the oldest and most history-rich rodeos in South Dakota July 4-5 at 7 p.m. both nights. 


Mount Rushmore National Memorial will not hold any special events for Independence Day in 2019 due to construction. 


Lead will celebrate the Fourth of July with its annual Gold Camp Jubilee Days July 3-6. As part of the festivities, Homestake Opera House is hosting "Plains Speaking People: An Evening of Homestake Heritage," a live radio-style show. 

Newcastle, Wyo.

Newcastle, Wyo., is celebrating Independence Day with fireworks, food, and music. A motorcycle poker run begins at 9 a.m. July 4 and will make stops in Newcastle, Sundance, Devils Tower, Moorcroft, and Upton. The parade starts at 11 a.m. downtown with Teddy Roosevelt as the Grand Marshal, and the fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. after the Fourth at Four Way Concert Extravaganza.


Fireworks start at dusk July 4 at Lake Waggoner.


Piedmont Valley American Legion Post 311 is hosting its Annual Fourth of July Parade beginning at 10 a.m. July 4. This year’s theme is “Flags of our Heroes.” There are no entry fees and trophies will be awarded in multiple categories. Concessions, games and displays, including the Hot Rods and Antique Cars, will be held in the Piedmont City Park immediately following the parade. There will be music and a dance tent from noon to 3 p.m. The fireworks show will start at dusk at The Barn.


The City of Sturgis will host its annual Independence Day Celebration from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 3 at Harley-Davidson Rally Point Plaza. The fireworks display will start at 9:15 p.m.


The fireworks show is on July 3, and will follow the conclusion of the 7:05 p.m. Sasquatch game at Black Hills Energy Stadium. Spearfish will hold their Independence Day parade at noon July 4 downtown. 


Wall is hosting a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. July 3 at the Wall Community Golf Course.

— This story has been updated to correct the date of Elks Lodge 1187 in Rapid City's annual fireworks display. It starts at dusk July 6. The Lead parade is on July 4. Sturgis' celebration is on July 3. 

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