Bozeman Area Fourth of July Events
It's officially summer and the Fourth of July will be here before we know it.
If you're wondering what there is to do this July 4th, wonder no more.
We've compiled a list of the top events happening in and around Bozeman this Independence Day.
Bozeman's Festival of the Fourth
A Bozeman Independence Day tradition – the Festival of the Fourth – returns to the Gallatin County Fairgrounds this 4th of July.
The Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Matthew Savery, will perform patriotic music and pop favorites, starting at 9 p.m. The show will lead into the fireworks display at 10:30 p.m.
This is the fifth year the Bozeman Symphony and Gallatin Empire Lions Club have teamed up for the event, which draws more than 7,000 people from around Southwest Montana.
The concert and fireworks are free and open to the public.
Livingston Roundup and 4th Celebration
If you’ve never been to Livingston for the 4th of July celebration, it’s something you'll want to put on your bucket list.
This year marks the 90th year of the parade, which is held on Saturday, July 2, starting at 3 p.m. The town fills up for the annual event, and don’t be surprised if you see a celebrity or two (the year I was there, some of the members of the cast of Full House were spotted in the crowd).
The parade is the kick-off for three days of fun, which include the Livingston Roundup Rodeo and the Festival of the Arts, both held July 2, 3 and 4.
Find out more about the rodeo HERE.
The Festival of the Arts is held at the Depot Rotary Park next to the Depot Center on West Park Street. It attracts about 100 skilled artists and crafts people.
Ennis Parade and Rodeo
Another small town that knows how to do the Fourth of July up right is Ennis.
The NRA sanctioned Ennis rodeo is held July 3 and 4 with top cowboys and cowgirls from the Northwest competing in rough stock and timed events at the rodeo grounds. Events start at 8 p.m. July 3 and 6 p.m. July 4.
Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.
On the morning of Monday, July 4, hundreds of people will gather for the 81st annual 4th of July parade. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and winds through historic downtown Ennis with horses, floats, marching bands and classic cars. This year’s theme is “Big Skies, Open Spaces.”
A veterans' 4th of July ceremony will immediately follow the parade at the Veteran's Memorial (behind Town Pump).
Big Sky Concert and Fireworks
If music and fireworks are your thing, Big Sky will host its annual concert in the park to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Town Center Park opens at 6 p.m. Monday, July 4. There will be children’s activities, local food and beverage vendors and live music from the Tiny Band starting at 7 p.m.
The night ends with the fireworks show at 10:15 p.m.
Admission is free and the show is suitable for all ages.