Communities across Nebraska celebrate the Fourth of July with parades, concerts and, of course, fireworks. Some cities begin patriotic festivities up to a week before July 4. From Lincoln to Norfolk and Hooper, here are the best 2019 Fourth of July events in Nebraska! You’ll find all of the big Omaha fireworks displays and Fourth of July events on this list, too.
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I’m going to divide this up into two sections: One for Omaha Fourth of July events (and Omaha fireworks) and the rest of Nebraska. There’s just a lot going on in Omaha!
Omaha Fourth of July Events
City of Omaha Celebrates America Free Concert & Fireworks Show
When: June 28, 6 p.m. (fireworks at 10 p.m.)
Where: Memorial Park in Omaha
What: A live concert by co-headliners Little Steven (Steven Van Zandt) and Chris Isaak followed by the fireworks finale.
Autism Friendly Independence Day Celebration
When: June 29, 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: Autism Center of Nebraska in Omaha
What: Autism Society of Nebraska hosts the family-friendly event includes indoor and outdoor activities, and ends with a fireworks display. To accommodate noise sensitivities, ASN will provide earplugs or bring your own headphones.
College Home Run Derby & OWH Independence Day Fireworks
When: June 29, 7 p.m.
Where: TD Ameritrade Park, 1200 Mike Fahey St. in Omaha
What: The top men’s NCAA baseball players participate in a home run derby followed by fireworks.
Cost: Tickets start at $10
Lake Manawa Fireworks
When: June 29, 10 p.m.
Where: Lake Manawa State Park, 1100 S. Shore Drive in Council Bluffs, Iowa
What: Free fireworks show in a state park setting.
Cost: FREE for Iowa residents; $5 entry fee for non-Iowa residents
Monday Night At The Movies “Independence Day”
When: July 1; park opens at 5 p.m. and move starts at dusk
Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing in Omaha
What: Enjoy a free movie in the park. Bring blankets and chairs.
Ralston Independence Day Celebration
When: July 3 and 4
Where: Ralston, Neb.
What: An annual event that includes a family street dance, fire department water fights, Picnic In The Park, and a parade.
When: July 4, 8 to 11 a.m.
Where: Baxter Arena, Omaha, Neb.
What: This Fourth of July-themed running event is for families and includes a 5k and 10k option.
Cost: $32 if registered before June 16. 2019; kids’ fun run is FREE.
Boys Town Fireworks
When: July 4, at around 10 p.m.
Where: Fireworks shot from the football field at Boys Town in Omaha.
What: A long-time tradition, the fireworks display at Boys Town is large.
Omaha Storm Chasers Game & Fireworks
When: July 4 and 5, game starts at 7:05 p.m. with fireworks following
Where: Werner Park, Papillion, Neb.
What: Enjoy fireworks following the Storm Chasers’ games against the Nashville Sounds.
Cost: $8 for berm seating on up to $25
Red, White & Zoo!
When: July 4-7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.
What: Go on a self-guided tour in search of red, white and blue animals. The first 500 people to walk through the gates on Wednesday, July 4 will receive a free patriotic gift
Cost: Included with regular zoo admission
Nebraska Fourth of July Celebrations
47th Annual Platte Center Fourth of July celebration
When: June 28-28 and July 4
Where: Platte Center, Neb.
What: Several events are planned including a mud volleyball tournament and Red, White & Blessed Fun Run on June 29, and a parade at 10:30 a.m. on July 4.
Cost: FREE (fun run and volleyball tournament have admission fees)
Red, White, & Brass featuring the Plymouth Brass
When: June 30, 4 p.m.
Where: First-Plymouth Church, 2000 D St., Lincoln, Neb.
What: It’s a concert featuring patriotic music performed by a brass band.
Cost: $20, adults; $15, seniors; and $10, students
Independence Day Celebration
When: June 30 through July 6
Where: Nebraska City
What: A small-town celebration of freedom with a weeklong carnival and an hour-long fireworks extravaganza. Some events planned include yoga, a fun run and an ice cream social.
Cost: FREE (carnival wristbands and some tournaments and events are additional fees)
Seward Fourth of July
When: July 1-4
Where: Seward, Neb.
What: Seward, recognized as “America’s Small Town Fourth of July City,” hosts an old‑fashioned family celebration each year that lasts several days.
Cost: Most events are FREE
Related post: The Seward celebration is on the list for the 10 Unforgettable Things To Do This Summer In Nebraska.
Uncle Sam Jam
When: July 3, 4 to 10 p.m.; live music starts at 6 p.m. and fireworks will go off at 10 p.m.
Where: Oak Lake Park, First and Charleston streets, Lincoln, Neb.
What: A family-friendly community celebration with games, canoeing and live music by Soul Dawg. Fireworks end the night. Food vendors will be there.
Annual Hooper Fourth of July Fun Run
When: July 4, 8 a.m.
Where: Begins and finishes at Hooper Park in Hooper, Neb.
What: There are two races – a 10k and a 2-mile run/walk. The course is flat and will be run through the residential area of Hooper.
Cost: Entry fee is $20 with a T-shirt if received by June 23, 2019. As of June 24, entry to the race will be $25 and participants will not be guaranteed a race shirt. Day of entries will be accepted at $30 and will not be guaranteed a shirt.
Madison Fourth Of July Parade
When: July 4, 10 a.m.
Where: Main Street in Madison, Neb.
What: Madison’s annual parade to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Stanton Fourth Of July Parade
When: July 4, 10 a.m.
Where: Stanton, Neb.
What: Stanton’s annual parade to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Norfolk Fourth Of July Parade
When: July 4, 10 a.m.
Where: Norfolk Avenue in downtown Norfolk, Neb.
What: Norfolk’s annual parade to celebrate the Fourth of July.
1899 Independence Day Celebration
When: July 4
Where: Stuhr Museum of the Pioneer Prairie in Grand Island, Neb.
What: This summer tradition includes a parade through our 1890s Railroad Town, a concert by the Silver Cornet Band, historic patriotic program, pie eating contests, games on the green and more.
Cost: Adults, $10; children, $8; Stuhr members, FREE
Murdock Fourth of July Celebration
When: July 4
Where: Murdock, Neb.
What: The town of Murdock has an all-day Fourth of July celebration.
July Fourth Flea Party
When: July 4
Where: Fairbury City Park, 421 City Park Road, Fairbury, Neb.
What: In addition to the flea market, the Fairbury Community Band performs at 10:30 a.m. and there is a fireworks display at dusk.
City of Hickman Fireworks Display
When: July 4, 10 p.m.
Where: Main Park in Hickman, Neb.
What: A long-running tradition, this fireworks display can be viewed from Main Park. Bring chairs.
Living History Fourth Of July Celebration
When: July 6 and 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Fort Atkinson in Fort Calhoun
What: See volunteers portray what life was like on a military fort in the 1820s. The theme for the weekend is the Fourth of July and activities will be based on the holiday celebration.
Cost: Included with valid Nebraska State Park permit
Related post: Living History At Fort Atkinson In Nebraska
Big Bang Boom
When: July 6, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Skyview Lake, Norfolk, Neb.
What: The inflatable midway and food vendors start at 1 p.m. Live music begins at 5 p.m. and fireworks start at 10 p.m.
Cost: There is a fee for the wristbands for the midway.
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