Celebrate American Independence in Downtown Branson

The Fourth of July is always a favorite weekend for Branson visitors, and Downtown Branson has opportunities for great holiday shopping, dining ... and of course fireworks.

 

Fireworks!

Branson Landing’s 10th Annual Liberty Light Up is Monday, July 3, 2017, and includes a free concert by Jason Pritchett in the town square followed by a fireworks display over Lake Taneycomo. This is a very popular event, so be sure to come to downtown early to have plenty of time to shop, grab dinner and stake out your spot for the show!

The fireworks show is also visible from most spots along Main Street.

For a unique view of the downtown fireworks, the SKY Deck at Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline is holding it’s 2nd annual “Fire in the SKY” event beginning at 7:30 p.m. on July 3rd. This bird’s eye view of the fireworks includes BBQ by Famous Dave’s, a cash bar and live entertainment by Makenna & Brock. Tickets are $75 per person and the event requires advance reservations. More information is available at ParakeetPetes.com

Another unique way to experience the fireworks show is from the lake while aboard the Main Street Lake Cruises’ Branson Landing Princess yacht. This air-conditioned cruise departs at 8:15 p.m. and a cash bar is available. Tickets are $55.17 per person and advance purchase is recommended. More information is available at MainStreetLakeCruises.com

 

Holiday Shopping and Dining

Independence Day weekend is a great time to experience the unique local shopping that Historic Downtown has to offer. We also think it’s the best time to stop by The Flagstore on Commercial Street to browse the region’s best selection of American flags, both current and historical.

Downtown is home to more than 200 retail shops, with everything from apparel to antiques and saxophones to sandals. There’s also a number of dining opportunities that include traditional American home-cooked dining, Japanese dishes, Greek, Chicago-style pizza and more.

 

Special Events

On Tuesday, July 4th, is the 17th Annual Firecracker 5000, a 5k and 10k road race that takes place along the Branson Landing and through other parts of the downtown lakefront. The event supports the Christian Action Ministries’ food pantry, local fine arts programs and also helps students who participate in cross-country programs at their schools but can’t afford running gear. More information is available at RunBranson.com

Also on the afternoon of July 4th is the weekly Branson Farmers Market at the southernmost end of the Branson Landing parking lot, near the foot of the Lake Taneycomo bridge. The market is from 3-7 p.m. and includes locally grown produce, farm-fresh eggs, meats, jellies and other handmade and artisan products.

 

Free Trolley

Throughout the holiday weekend, the free “Sparky” trolleys are running daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. The air-conditioned trolleys are a great way to experience downtown, and also to travel between the 13 convenient stops. A route map of the trolley stops can be found at RideSparky.com