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14 Best Fourth Of July Events In Nebraska (2021)

14 Best Fourth Of July Events In Nebraska (2021)

Communities across Nebraska usually celebrate the Fourth of July with parades, concerts, and, of course, fireworks. Some cities begin patriotic festivities up to a week before July 4. In 2021, many events have, unfortunately, been canceled due to health department recommendations. This list usually contains all of the annual events and one-time-only celebrations, but 2020 is a different year.

This list is divided into two sections: One for Omaha Fourth of July events (and Omaha fireworks) and the rest of Nebraska.

UPDATED: This post was first published in 2019, and updated in May 2021 with current dates.

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Omaha Fourth of July Events

This section will be updated if any 2020 Fourth of July celebrations in Omaha neighborhoods are announced.

1. Ralston Independence Day Celebration

When: July 4, 2021

Where: Ralston, Neb.

What: State’s largest Fourth of July parade is planned for Sunday, July 4, as well as a fun run, fire department water fight, and fireworks display.

Cost: Mostly FREE, the fun run may have a fee

2. FNBO Independence Fireworks

When: Typically held around the Fourth of July, this year, the event is July 10, 2021

Where: Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion Neb.

What: An annual fireworks show held following an Omaha Storm Chasers’ baseball game.

Cost: Included with the price of admission to the game.

3. City of Omaha Celebrates America Free Concert & Fireworks Show

When: Typically held before the Fourth of July, in 2021 the event is postponed until Aug. 28

Where: Memorial Park, Omaha

What: An annual favorite for Omahans, the Memorial Park Concert attracts a large crowd that sticks around for the large fireworks display after the show.

Cost: FREE

Annual Fourth of July events in Omaha usually include the follow (list will be updated with details as they’re announced):

  • College Home Run Derby & OWH Independence Day Fireworks – TBD (it doesn’t look like there’ll be one in 2021 but I’ll keep checking)
  • Lake Manawa Fireworks – TBD
  • Boys Town Fireworks -TBD
  • Red, White & Zoo! – No mention on the website yet
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Nebraska Fourth of July Celebrations

There are plenty of celebrations planned outside of the state’s largest city. Read on for more Nebraska towns’ and cities’ Independence Day plans.

4. Seward Fourth of July, “America’s Small Town Fourth of July City”

When: July 1-4, 2021

Where: City of Seward-Downtown; Plum Creek Park, Fifth and Seward streets Seward, Neb.

What: Seward is considered Nebraska’s official Fourth of July City. Festivities throughout the multi-day event include anvil firing, concerts, exhibits, Food Alley, the Grand Parade, and fireworks.

Cost: FREE

Recommended hotel: Cobble Stone Hotel & Suites in Seward

Related post: The Seward celebration is on the list for the 10 UnforgettableThings To Do This Summer In Nebraska.

5. Big Bang Boom

When: July 2 and 3; fireworks are Saturday with a reshow at 9:45 p.m. and fireworks following it

Where: Norfolk, Neb.

What: 2021 will be the first time that Big Bang Boom is a two-day event, which will include a wing eating contetst, bounce houses, live music, car show, and fireworks on Saturday night.

Cost: FREE

Recommended hotel: Norfolk Lodge and Suites, an Ascend Hotel Collection

6. Red, White, KaBoom!

When: July 3, 2021

Where: Columbus, Neb.

What: Details are limited right now, but the Columbus festivities usually involves a large fireworks display.

Recommended hotel: Hampton Inn Columbus

7. Sumner’s Fourth of July

When: July 3 and 4, 2021

Where: Sumner, neb.

What: Festivities are held over two days in Sumner, with July 3 activities including a rodeo and street dance. On the Fourth, there’s a parade, outdoor activities like a climbing wall and laser tag, and it concludes with fireworks at dusk.

Hotel recommendation: You’ll have better luck looking for hotels and rentals in nearby towns. Booking.com has some suggestions for places in Lexington, Cozad and Gothenburg.

8. Living History Fourth Of July Celebration at Fort Atkinson

When: July 3 and 4, 2021

Where: Fort Atkinson Historical Park, 201 S. Seventh St., Fort Calhoun, Neb.

What: Living history weekend at a fort, complete with cannon firing and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Cost: There are no other fees to tour the fort grounds other than the Nebraska Stat Park sticker. There is an admission fee to tour the Visitor’s Center/Museum and watch the video ($2 per adult and $1 for children under 13, and FREE for under 3).

Hotel recommendation: You’ll have better luck finding accommodations in nearby towns like Blair and Omaha.

9. Independence Day Celebration in Nebraska City

When: July 3, 2021

Where: Festival at Central Avenue side of Steinhart Park in Nebraska City and fireworks from Steinhart Park 

What: An all-day small towns event featuring Treestock, a music festival from 1 to 9 p.m., and fireworks at 9 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Recommended hotel: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Nebraska City

10. Freedom Fest at Eagle Raceway

When: July 3, 2021; gates open at 5 p.m., racing starts at 6:30 p.m.; fireworks are after the races

Where: Eagle Raceway, 617 S. 238th St., Eagle, Neb.

What: Car racing, a clown for kids, and an evening ending with a huge fireworks display.

Cost: $15, adults (13+); $5, kids (5-12); and FREE for kids under 5

Recommended hotel: You’ll have better luck looking for accommodations nearby including Lincoln and Walton.

11. 1899 Independence Day Celebration

When: July 4, 2021, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Stuhr Museum of the Pioneer Prairie, 3133 West Highway 34, in Grand Island, Neb.

What: The Independence Day celebration is all day on the museum’s grounds. Activities include a parade down Main Street in Railroad Town, an 1890s patriotic ceremony, the firing of the anvil, a German Language Church Service put on by the Hall County Historical Society at 10 a.m.

Cost: Included with museum admission

Recommended hotel: Best Western Plus Grand Island Inn & Suites

12. Hebron Fourth of July Celebration & Parade

When: July 4

Where: Hebron, Neb.

What: Not much is known yet, but you may want to check the southeastern Nebraska Tourism page for possible updates.

Recommended hotel: You may have better luck finding accommodations in nearby towns like Fairbury, which as The Edgewood Hotel and Suites.

13. Quad County Museum Car Show & Firework Display

When: July 4

Where: Humboldt, Neb.

What: Not much is known yet, but you may want to check the southeastern Nebraska Tourism page for possible updates.

14. Firecracker Frenzy

When: July 4, 2021 at 10 p.m.

Where: York County Fairgrounds,  2345 N. Nebraska Ave., York, Neb.

Cost: FREE 

Recommended hotel: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites York

More annual Nebraska events awaiting 2021 updates

This section will be updated as more 2021 Fourth of July events are announced in Nebraska towns (or if the cancellation is announced). Annual festivities usually include:

  • Annual Platte Center Fourth of July celebration
  • Uncle Sam Jam in Lincoln
  • Fourth of July Party at River View Park Resort and Marina, Blair, Neb.
  • Annual Hooper Fourth of July Fun Run
  • Madison Fourth Of July Parade
  • Stanton Fourth Of July Parade
  • Murdock Fourth of July Celebration
  • July Fourth Flea Party
  • Prague Third Annual Firework Show at Czechland Lake Recreation Area in Prague, Neb.
  • City of Hickman Fireworks Display

**Updated for 2020** Fourth of July is celebrated with parades, festivals, baseball games and more throughout Nebraska.  See what's planned in Omaha, Lincoln and other Nebraska towns. #familytime #fourthofjuly #USA #Nebraksa
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