2015 4th of July Celebrations: Billings and Beyond

2015 4th of July Celebrations: Billings and Beyond

Dust off your red, white, and blue because the biggest day of the summer is fast approaching! Whether you want to stay in town or head for the hills, SFM is here to help you plan for 2015’s Fourth of July weekend. Wherever you land, don’t forget those blankets and chairs!


Laurel, MT

It’s been long touted the biggest fireworks display in the state, bringing over 30,000 people to Laurel year after year for this incredible show. Long before the night sky is lit up, people come rolling into town for the parades, food and craft vendors, and activities and entertainment ongoing throughout the town and Thomson Park. Questions about the day’s events, call 628-8105.

  • Celebrations start July 3 with the Laurel Jaycees 40th Annual Street Dance, 7pm-12am – For the over 21 crowd on 1st Street between 2nd and 3rd (FYI: Live music by Zen Classic Rock; $5 cover charge/person, proceeds benefit Laurel’s American Legion Baseball team and the Laurel Police Reserves).

July 4 Schedule

  • 6am-11am, Laurel Jaycees Pancake Breakfast– Held at Fireman’s Park, Main and 1st Avenue (FYI:  $6/adult, $4/children 12 and younger, 6 and younger eat for FREE. Serving fresh pancakes, ham, OJ, milk, and coffee)
  • 6am- Sign-in for Chief Joseph Run– Thomson Park picnic shelter; 7am start time (register at runsignup.com or at the Laurel Chamber of Commerce office).
  • 10am- Kiddie Parade – Begins at Western Security Bank, heads South to Main Street, then West on Main to 2nd Avenue, then North to Firefighter’s Memorial (2nd Avenue and 1st Street) – Treats provided for participants! No registration required – just show up and enjoy the show while letting the Kiddies show off!
  • 11am- The Grand Parade Join the thousands lining the streets of Laurel to view the parade. (Go to: http://laurelmontana.org/july-4th-celebration/ for the parade route – and there are changes this year)
  • 9am-9pm- Food & Craft Fair– Tasty eats, creative fare, activities, entertainment, and live music in Thomson Park
  • The Main Event: Fireworks as soon as it gets dark! Thomson Park, Laurel High School’s lawn and beyond fills up quickly, so be sure to get there early to secure your spot.

Billings, MT

Celebrate Freedom Festivities

Harvest Church once again offers an array of 4th of July activities planned for the family from morning to night, starting with a Bike Race and culminating with a fireworks show at dark. For more information about the day’s festivities (or to volunteer) contact the church office at 259-5648, www.harvestchurch.tv.

July 4 Schedule

  • 10am, Freedom Ride– Criterium Bike Race at Harvest Church. Juniors and Kids race free. Register at usacycling.org.
  • 5-10pm, Freedom Fireworks Festivities– Head out to Castle Rock Park for this family-friendly carnival style event. Free activities include face painting, temporary tattoos, inflatables, and more! Expect live entertainment and Grill Meal & Concessions – $0.50-$4.
  • 8:30pm, Freedom Run– This nighttime 5K run/walk benefits Better Billings Foundation. Starts at Oasis Water Park, winding its way to the festivities at Castle Rock Park. Finishers will get a medal and a Tech Tee. Register at https://runsignup.com/Race/MT/Billings/FreedomRunBillings5k
  • Stick around for the Fireworks show at dark!


Roundup, MT
Roundup Independence Days Extravaganza (RIDE)

Hit the highway and head to Roundup for their annual three day festival that’s all about celebrating western history and national pride. It’s concerts, fireworks, parades, and activities for all ages! Brown’s Carnival will also be set up in City Park July 3-5, one day tickets will be sold locally for $20 before the start of the Carnival on July 3rd, and for $30 at the Carnival.

July 3 Schedule

  • 11am– Parade down Main Street
  • 1pm– Kids Kountry (expect inflatables, bungee jumping, rock climbing wall, face painting, and more!), Vendor Sales, Booths, and Food in Roundup City Park
  • 6:45pm– Pre-show Ceremony at Roundup City Stage
  • 7pm– Evening Entertainment: Lonnie Bell, Master of Ceremonies; Plug Nickels; Marty Haggard’s ‘A tribute to my dad, Merle Haggard;’ Country Music Legend, David Frizzell; Fireworks Show by Skylighters Fireworks

July 4 Schedule

  • 8am– 5K Fun Run-Walk-Ride. ($25 entry fee includes t-shirt)
  • 11am– Parade down Main Street
  • 2pm– Roundup Rodeo at Musselshell County Fairgrounds (RIDE wristband does not include admission to rodeo).
  • 7pm– Rock out with the best ZZ Top Tribute Band in the land – ZZ 3! At Roundup City Park.

July 5 Schedule

  • 8am– Cowboy Church at Ridge Riders Arena, 405 12th Ave East
  • 9:15-10am, check in- Buttons & Bows Youth Rodeo at Ridge Riders Arena. (Entries must be turned in and postmarked by June 26). More information: roundupindependencedays.com.
  • 10:30am– Buttons & Bows Grand Entry

Red Lodge, MT
Red Lodge Home of Champions Rodeo & Parades

If you’re looking for 4th of July happenings that are positively steeped in tradition, then the Home of Champions Rodeo & Parade in Red Lodge is where you need to be. Parades begin promptly at 12pm July 2-4.

In its 86th year, the Home of Champions Rodeo is a “Ropin’ and Ridin’, Singin’ and Swingin’” good time!

  • July 2 @ 6pm
  • July 3 @ 6pm
  • July 4 @ 3pm

For tickets or more information call 406-446-1718 or go to http://redlodgerodeo.com. Rodeo tickets can be purchased in Billings at Shipton’s Big R East and West.


Livingston, MT 

It’s small town America at its best over three days in July in Livingston, MT. Whether you’re feeling a little bit country or a little bit…artsy, you can get a taste of it all July 2-4.

July 2 Schedule

  • 9am-7pm– Festival of the Arts, Depot Rotary Park-West Park Street
  • 3pm– Livingston Roundup Parade, downtown Livingston
  • 8pm– Livingston Roundup Rodeo, Park County Fairgrounds. (Family Night & Fireworks)

July 3 Schedule

  • 10am-7pm– Festival of the Arts, Depot Rotary Park-West Park Street
  • 4pm– Livingston Roundup Chicks ‘n’ Chaps fundraiser, Park County Fairgrounds
  • 7:45pm– Tough Enough to Wear Pink Live Auction
  • 8pm– Livingston Roundup Rodeo (Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night & Fireworks)

July 4 Schedule

  • 10am-6pm– Festival of the Arts, Depot Rotary Park-West Park Street
  • 2pm– Kiddie Rodeo, Spurline Parking Lot
  • 8pm– Livingston Roundup Rodeo (Military Night, Crowning of Roundup Queen, Fireworks)

For more information or to reserve tickets, call (406)222-3199 or go to: http://livingstonroundup.com/home/tickets/.

West Yellowstone, MT

Maybe you thought you’d load up the family and make the trip to Yellowstone National Park around the Fourth. While you’re there, pop over to West Yellowstone’s 4th of July Celebration – Celebrating America – that includes “down home” fun, a parade, music in the park, and fireworks (conditions permitting).

  • 6:30pm, Parade starts
  • 10:15pm, Fireworks

The Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo also continues to be underway, with performances at 8pm Wednesday-Saturday, June-July. For ticket information go to: http://yellowstonerodeo.com

For more information contact: (406)646-7701 or info@destinationyellowstone.com.

Cody, WY
Cody Stampede

If it’s rodeo action you’re seeking then you’ll also want to consider the 96th Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede where over 800 of the top contestants vie for a purse over $400,000 entitling it the PRCA’s Largest One Header Rodeo!

  • July 1-3 @ 8pm, gates to open at 6pm, tickets $20/person
  • July 2 @ 10am– Kiddie Parade
  • July 3 & 4 @ 9:30am– Cody Stampede Parade
  • July 4 @ 5pm, gates to open at 3pm, tickets $25/person

For more information or to order tickets go to: www.codystampederodeo.com/events

Be sure to bookmark this page and check back as we approach the 4th for updated information! 

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