The Fourth of July weekend has officially arrived and we’ve got your guide to weekend happenings in and around Billings. Have a fun and safe weekend!
This weekend preview for July 3-5, 2015 is brought to you by RiverStone Health
Yellowstone Art Museum
Jam at the YAM & Dollar Day
Friday, July 3 @ 5:30-8pm & Saturday, July 4 @ 10am-5pm
Shake off a long work week and take in some live music and incredible art at Yellowstone Art Museum’s Jam at the YAM. Admission is free for members, regular admission for non-members. Enjoy live music by Plots & Rocks, light hors d’oeuvres provided and a cash bar. The first drink is free for new member sign-ups and renewals.
The first Saturday of each month is Dollar Day at the YAM, including this 4th of July weekend. So if you’re looking for a way to beat the heat while waiting for night to fall and fireworks to light the night sky, head out to the museum!
Take Me Out to the Ball Game!
MiLB: Billings Mustangs VS Helena Brewers
Thursday & Friday, July 2 & 3 @ 7:05pm | Saturday & Sunday, July 4 & 5 @ 1:05pm
What better way to begin your 4th of July celebrations than with America’s favorite pastime? Head out to Dehler Park and watch the Billings Mustangs take on the Helena Brewers in this four game series.
You’ll also want to keep in mind the various promotions being offered this weekend:
Saturday, July 4 – Independence Day T-shirt Giveaway! (First 500 fans). Sunday, July 5 – Friends & Family Day (4 Reserved Seat Tickets, 4 Hot Dogs, 4 Soft Drinks and 4 Official Mustangs Scorecards for only $29.00) AND Kids Run the Bases (After every Sunday home game, Kids are allowed to run the bases like their favorite Mustangs players, courtesy of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Montana).
Movie Under the Stars!
Free Movies in the Park: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Friday, July 3 @ Dusk
Start your weekend under the stars with Billings Kiwanis’ July opening Movie in the Park. It’s book turned movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Rated PG, this movie stars Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell.
With the movie being held at Rose Park you can spend a day cooling off at the pool cruising the water slides followed by dinner featuring Dickey’s BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, along with some Wilcoxson’s Ice Cream. Then settle in with the family for a movie under the stars. Enjoy a bucket of popcorn and your favorite Pepsi product while watching this feature presentation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. This week’s spotlight charity is The Center for Children and Families. For more information visit http://billingskiwanis.org.
P.S. Don’t forget your chairs and blankets!
4TH of JULY FESTIVITIES*
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.
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!
*For a look at Fourth of July fun outside of the Billings area (Roundup, Red Lodge, Livingston, and more) go to: 2015 4th of July Celebrations: Billings & Beyond